The Yattokame Festival
a chance to encounter a never-before-seen Nagoya
During Japan's feudal Edo period, myriad arts flourished under the ruling Owari Tokugawa clan.
Kyogen and a variety of other art forms thrilled the hearts of Nagoya's residents,
and this enjoyment was carried down through day-to-day life as traditional culture.

Meanwhile, in out-of-the-way corners of the city,
long-forgotten stories of yore...and when we carefully retrace the maps with fresh eyes,
everywhere we go, we arrive at history and traditions with ties to today.

Wander about, and you're sure to encounter the fair visage of Nagoya, a city of culture.
Let us be astonished at the expressions that appear, laugh deeply,
and recount together the heretofore unglimpsed views of Nagoya.

The entire city is the stage for celebration of "A Place of Art, a Place of Journeys – Nagoya."
It awaits you again at this year's Yattokame Festival.
From October 27 (Sat) 2018 to November 18 (Sun)
Throughout the city of Nagoya
If you want to know more, please contact us.
Inquiries: info@yattokame.jp
Performance In The City
From the beginning…
Much of Japan’s performing arts emerged from the bustling streets from which the performers formed a cultural community. The modern day streets still maintain that culture, and this is where this project was born. The performances in this project re-ignite the traditions!
Traditional Performing Arts
The world of Japanese performing arts is very deep indeed.
The art of Noh was patronized by the ruling samurai caste, and admired by the townsfolk. Without seeing it, you cannot fully appreciate its traditional role or craft, nor can you understand the roots of this city. The world of Noh is a world beyond your wildest dreams, a world that lives on, in Nagoya City.
Study In The City
Introduction to “Nagoya Studies”
Follow the footprints of history through the city to discover secrets, stories and valuable cultural heritage. You’ll see the city in a different light having seen, heard, touched and experienced on this fascinating and enjoyable course.
Walking Tour Nagoya
I Love Nagoya Mini Tour
On 47 well-loved strolls, you can walk with a guide who loves Nagoya. Find out how the sights you see are rooted in history and culture. Feel the thrill of discovering hidden treasure. New walks added. To little-known spots, trace the steps of historic people. It’s great fun to walk through the streets and see sights that express the deep charm of Nagoya.

- Yattokame Festival Opening Stage
Coming soon, this year the festival begins in the Sasashima Area!
Kicking off with a lively program, the launch of the cultural festival.
October 27 (Sat) from 1:00pm
Nagoya Castle Event Stage
Rin Rin Koike, Daiki Miyata
Street kabuki, Kōdan traditional storytelling, Kyogen
Tsuji Kyogen (Traditional Street Comedy Skits) ~Big Laughs in a Big City~
The comedy performing art of Kyogen originated in Nagoya with the formation of the Izumi Ryu performance troupe. It remains Japan's oldest remaining form of comedy performance, unchanged since the days of old. The charming characters are lovable, and deliver one great laugh after another. While Kyogen was performed in Noh theatres, Tsuji Kyogen was performed on the streets, and so returns to its roots for the Yattokame Festival.
Oct 27 (Sat) from 3:00 pm Nagoya Castle Event Stage
Oct 28 (Sun) from 1:45 pm Endoji Shotengai
Nov 2 (Fri) from 7:00 pm Central Park Square
Nov 17 (Sat) from 2:10 pm Aeon Mall Atsuta
Nov 18 (Sun) from 3:15 pm Chunichi Building Rooftop
Inoue Matsujiro, Sato Tomohiko, Nomura Matasaubro
Inclement weather or other circumstances may force change of venue or cancellation.

Oatari Nagoya Shinju ("Bullseye Nagoya Suicide")
Kabuki is one of Japan's traditional performance arts, and it ordinarily takes place on a stage, but performing works throughout the city is what street kabuki is all about. This piece is titled Oatari Nagoya Shinju ("Bullseye Nagoya Suicide"), and it's a love story that was a tremendous hit in the Edo period. Today kabuki has a reputation of being somewhat difficult, but if you approach it with an open mind, you might find it surprisingly enjoyable!
Oct 27 (Sat) from 2:20 pm Nagoya Castle Event Stage
Oct 28 (Sun) from 1:00 pm Endoji Shotengai
Nov 17 (Sat) from 1:25 pm Aeon Mall Atsuta
Nov 18 (Sun) from 2:30 pm Chunichi Building Rooftop
Sōken Kudō (Head of Kudō School of Nihon Buyō),
Kirk Nishikawa Dixon (Bekkaku Shihan Nishikawa School of Nihon Buyō)
Kazumasa Nishikawa (Head of Nishikawa School of Nihon Buyō)
Inclement weather or other circumstances may force change of venue or cancellation.

Modern-language Yose Variety Show
The performance of a collection of rakugo pieces or other such traditional stage acts in a small hall is called a yose, but here it is deliberately performed out of doors. Thanks to the cooperation of Chicago Kaminarimon, a rakugo master active in Nagoya, members who also work as radio DJs in the Tokai area are taking up the challenge of giving their first rakugo performances. Come and enjoy Nagoya-style rakugo to the fullest!
Nov 3 (Sat) from 1:00 pm Osu Shopping District
Chicago Kaminarimon, eko Kawamoto,Kazuteru Genishi,MEGURU

The Dawn of Nagoya's "Live House"
Music Venues It All Started in the 70s
In the 1970s, small music venues called "live houses" simultaneously began to appear everywhere in Japan, and a rich variety of musical genres flourished. Owners of live houses that live on in Nagoya recount the music scene of the day and the people it brought together, and examine the era created by music that thrives even now.
Nov 6 (Tue) from 7:00 pm Tokuzo
Mohei Hirano,Yutaka Morita

Nagoya song Experience Nagoya through song
During the feudal period, the influence of songs from Nagoya was undoubtedly transmitted all over Japan. Nagoya is known as a center of dexterity and craft. Through the skill of the performers become more familiar with the city.
Nov 4 (Sun) from 1:45 pm Aeon Yagoto
Nov 12 (Fri) from 5:30 pm Central Park Square
Shizuko Mizuno,Hidegoro Honjyo

Ha-uta Modish Edo pop songs
Popular songs that people hummed on feudal streets. Imagine how, in the shadow of the castle, the streets were alive with song.
Nov 2 (Fri) from 6:15 pm Central Park Square

Rakugo and storytelling Holding an audience, Nagoya style
This traditional style attracted an audience and entertainingly held attention. Enjoy the charm of the telling of each tale.
Oct 27 (Sat) from 1:45 pm Nagoya Castle Event Stage
Kyokudo Rinrin

Shachihoko Challenge
This is the forth edition of last year’s hit project. Through practice of Nihon buyo dance moves, learn elegant Japanese movement and demeanor. Wearing a kimono in Nagoya Castle, you can show off your new skills. You can also attempt a Golden Shachihoko Performance, a requisite skill for top geisha in Nagoya!
Oct 27 (Sat) from 1:15 pm Nagoya Castle Event Stage

Candlelight Noh

Kyogen: Fuzumo and Noh: Funa-Benkei
Enjoying Noh Performed Over Four Centuries Ago for First Domain Lord Tokugawa Yoshinao

Nagoya Castle's Hommaru Palace was completed and opened to the public at long last on June 8, 2018. The Hommaru Palace was constructed some 400 years ago at the command of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu to serve as the seat of government for the ruler of the Owari domain. To commemorate its reconstruction, noh and kyogen pieces that were performed for Yoshinao, the domain's first lord, are presented in an atmospheric candlelit setting.
Nov 10 (Sat) from 2:00 pm Nagoya Nogakudo
Nomura Matasaubro,Ai Ibi

Kyogen: Fuzumo

Shite lead actor: Matasaburo Nomura (Izumi School)

On his master's orders, the sole retainer of a daimyo who wants another servant finds a man who is said to be an excellent sumo wrestler. The daimyo challenges the man to a match, but in the first bout he's taken by surprise and loses. The daimyo then studies Writing son Sumo – a work penned by one of his ancestors – and decisively wins the second match. But who will be the winner of the third?
Noh: Funa-Benkei (in the Nochi-no-de Tome-no-den Style)

Shite lead actor: Ai Ibi (Hosho School)

After the end of the Gempei War, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, pursued by his elder brother Yoritomo, flees westward from Omo-no-Ura by boat. His mistress Shizuka, not permitted to accompany him, dances in tears as she prays for Yoshitsune's safe passage. Aboard the boat, Yoshitsune is attacked by the vengeful ghost of Tomomori, the top general of the defeated Heike clan. Benkei, Yoshitsune's manservent, attempts to counter this through the power of prayer. This entertaining noh work is replete with great scenes.


the World's Oldest Orchestra
The Strains of Ga Music Familiar to Domain Lords Across the Ages

Gagaku is a traditional Japanese performance art boasting a history of a several centuries more than a millennium, and has also been listed by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Performed on traditional string, wind, and percussion instruments passed down since antiquity, it is also called the world's oldest orchestra. Shuinkai, a gagaku group active mainly in Nagoya, is providing this performance of gagaku pieces that were enjoyed by the successive domain lords of the Tokugawa clan. This performance features special guest Hideaki Bunno, former chief court musician in the Imperial Household Agency's Music Department. What's more, as a new venture, this performance is also a collaboration with masters of Japanese dance and modern dance.
Nov 18 (Sun) from 2:00 pm Nagoya City Performing Arts Center
Gojou Sonomi,Nonomura Akiko

Culture Tour Imprint Stamp Collection
Each time you participate in an event, to mark the occasion, get your booklet stamped. There are many imprints to remind you of omokage and artistic events, and the best of the town. Start your collection! If you get a certain number of stamps, you will qualify to receive a supersize imprint and a special original festival souvenir. Trace the steps of your journey, commemorate what you have learned. Above all, have fun along the way!
Period October 27 (Sat.) to November 18 (Sun.)
Locations • All venues of Geidokoro Machinaka Hiro, Geidokoro Nagoya Butai, Machinaka Terakoya, Machiaruki Nagoya, and all special planning locations
• All 23 shops participating in “So Nagoya! Tour of Japanese confectionery shops”
• Stamps are not available at venues of events organized by UNESCO Design City Nagoya Planning or collaborative projects.
• Paper for imprints is available at each participating location.
• Souvenir gifts for qualifying collectors can be claimed only at the stage of Geidokoro Machinaka Hiro.
(Imprints are not available at the following events: Concert in Collaboration with the Shino School of Kōdō, Uraku-style tea ceremony, Jinkō Ren’ai Sōkyokusen performance, Share a drink and noh beloved by warlords dinner show, Parlor live events, Time Garden, or on the day that the Shachihoko Challenge Project is announced.)

So Nagoya! Tour of Japanese confectionery shops
This year also features a Japanese confectionery tour of Nagoya that takes all kinds of places, from venerable establishments that have been doing business since feudal times to local shops that are the jewels of their neighborhood. When writer Minori Kai toured Nagoya sweet shops, she sensed there was more than meets the eye as she gauged the feelings of shop owners who make Japanese confectionery, explored the historical context and traditions prevailing in Nagoya, and witnessed the hand skills required.
Japanese confectionery shop walk navigator: Minori Kai
Writer: More than 30 books on discovering and introducing “kawaii things” and “good things.” Her articles in books and magazines have covered confectionery, miscellaneous goods, travel app bookmarking, local toys, local bread, souvenirs, classic architecture, and other topics. She also presides over Loule, an enterprise that carries out planning and events for miscellaneous goods.
Period October 27 (Sat.) to November 18 (Sun.)
Aoyagi Sōhonke KITTE Nagoya shop, Ichida, Owari Nagoya Kameya Yoshihiro Honten, Kawaguchi-ya, Onkashi-tsukasa Kikyo-en, Onkashi-tsukasa Kiku-ya, Onkashi-tsukasa Kikuya Shigetomi, Owarigashi Kitagawa, Kiyome-mochi Sōhonke, Suzume-odori Sōhonten, Daikoku-ya Honten, Tsukuhane-ya, Nayabashi Manjū Banshōan Ōsubanshoji-dōri Shop, Bankaku Sōhonpo, Onkashi-tsukasa Furōen Masamitsu, Furōen Kakuōzan Shop, Mannen-dō, Murasakiya, Onkashi-tsukasa Mochikan, Mochibun Sōhonten & Honten, and Ryoguchiya Korekiyo Sakae Shop (total 21)
• Recipes and prices vary according to shop.
• At participating shops, you can get a stamp to count towards your Culture Tour Imprint Stamp Collection total.

Tickets for:
Performance In The City, Traditional Performing Arts, Study In The City
Nagoya City Cultural Promotion Agency Ticket Guide
TEL: +81-52-249-9387 (weekdays 9 am-5 pm. or via mail)
• Tickets can be purchased at the 13 participating playhouse theatres city wide (except for the Mizuho Playhouse Theatre) including the Nagoya Civic Hall, Nagoya City Performing Arts Center, Cultur Foundation for Youth, Nagoya Noh Theater and other Nagoya City Cultural Center promotional agencies and facilities on weekends and holidays too.
Ticket PIA
TEL: +81-570-02-9999
• Circle-K Sankus, 7-Eleven direct sales
• Ticket PIA handling charges apply.
Walking Tour Nagoya
Participation registration (applications open Wednesday September 7)

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