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.
If you want to know more, please contact us.
Inquiries: info@yattokame.jp
Urban Performances
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!
Stage Performances
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.
Educational Programs
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.
Nagoya Walking Tours
I Love Nagoya Mini Tour
On 39 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.

The Yattokame Cultural Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To commemorate this, a pre-event will be held before this festival starts. Experience the culture and performing arts of Nagoya a little earlier and enjoy the urban performances, and experience cultural travels and Nagoya.
With the 10th anniversary of the Yattokame Cultural Festival just around the corner, we will deliver performances of Nagauta folk songs, Japanese dances, and more. Don't miss the Nagoya Street Kabuki with a special number performed by the Nagoya Yamasaburo group.
Sat, 15 October ー Sun, 16 October
Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall front entrance stage
Many kinds of Nagauta folk songs will be played by lively music students

Nagauta is traditional music that originated during the Edo period. Enjoy performances by students majoring in Shamisen at the Nagoya College of Music, focusing on Aikata (the Shamisen-only part) from among the seasonal masterpieces.

from 2:00 p.m.
Rokuharu Kineya, Meion Nagauta Shamisen Girls
instrument cooperation
Nagoya College of Music
Nihon Buyo dance performance "The Hinagiku and the Dance Dream"

Hinagiku is a group of young Nihon Buyo dancers that have been dancing since a very early age under the directions of Masako Nishikawa, one of the directors of the Nishikawa Ryu Nihon Buyo Dance School, a dance school with a history of more than 170 years.Hinagiku has performed many times during the "Nagoya Odori" and other representations around Japan. Enjoy the performance of these young girl dancers!

from 3:00 p.m.
The Hinagiku and the Dance Dream
Masako Nishikawa
The Song of the Traveler

This is a performance of Hawaiian and Okinawan folk songs left by Japanese immigrants. This is a great chance for those that are not familiar with Japanese folk songs to connect with the past in the present day.

from 3:30 p.m.
Kaniebihachikai (Kanie Shiho, Kanie Reiko)
Nagoya Kosu Purei

Since Nagoya is the mecca of Cosplay, a Cosplay event will be held where Cosplayers will create original characters inspired by Japanese designs and traditional makeup.
This will be a show-off performance that combines traditional culture and modern culture.

from 4:30 p.m.
Nagoya Kabuki Special Performance

The Kabuki Cafe Nagoya-za, located in the Endoji shopping district, opened its doors in 2016.And since then has held performances for a new and modern Kabuki style that incorporates action drama.Performances every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

from 5:00 p.m.
Nagya Sanzaburo Ichiza
Sat, 22 October from 1:00 p.m.
Asunal Kanayama, Stage of Tomorrow
Street Kabuki, folk songs, comical poetry, Kyogen's comical plays
Sun, 13 November from 1:00 p.m.
Nagoya Castle, Ninomaru Square
*A separate entrance fee to Nagoya Castle is required.
*In case of rain, the event will be held at the Agals Hall of the Meijo Park Campus, Aichi Gakuin University.
Street Kabuki, Gagaku, Kyogen, Shachihoko Challenge

Urban Performances

Laughter Resonating across the City

Tsuji Kyogen Nagoya, the City of Kyogen

Kyogen is a form of comedy that began more than 600 years ago in the early Muromachi Period (1392–1573) that cheerfully depicts the daily lives of ordinary people.
Showing how people are now as before, the performances send laughter throughout the theater. Watch and enjoy what unfolds on stage and the stories that have endured through the ages!

Sat, 22 October from 2:20 p.m.
Asunal Kanayama, Stage of Tomorrow
Sat, 29 October from 2:10 p.m.
Nadia Park Northeast Entrance
Sun, 6 November from 2:10 p.m.
Aeon Mall Atsuta
Sun, 13 November from 2:10 p.m.
Nagoya Castle, Ninomaru Square
*A separate entrance fee to Nagoya Castle is required.
*In case of rain, the event will be held at the Agals Hall of the Meijo Park Campus, Aichi Gakuin University.
Performers Matsujiro Inoue, Toshihiro Kashima, Kentaro Okutsu, Soudai Inoue , others

Urban Performances

Stories That Have Been Passed Down in Nagoya.

Street Kabuki "Old Tales of Nagoya"

There are many folk tales in Nagoya that very few know about. It is said that the number exceeds 350 in Nagoya city alone! This year the Street Kabuki play will feature folktales in this region presented in the fun Kabuki style with music.

Sat, 22 October from 1:10 p.m.
Asunal Kanayama, Stage of Tomorrow
Sat, 29 October from 1:00 p.m.
Nadia Park Northeast Entrance
Sun, 6 November from 1:00 p.m.
Aeon Mall Atsuta
Sun, 13 November from 1:00 p.m.
Nagoya Castle, Ninomaru Square
*A separate entrance fee to Nagoya Castle is required.
*In case of rain, the event will be held at the Agals Hall of the Meijo Park Campus, Aichi Gakuin University.
Script and Direction Kazumasa Nishikawa (Head of Nishikawa School of Nihon Buyō)
Performers Kurakagi Kudō (Head of Kudō School of Nihon Buyō), Tokiwazu Tsunaho, Recop, others
Music TokiwazuTsunaren (Tokiwazu Tsunaho, Tokiwazu Tsunami, Tokiwazu Tsunachika)

Urban Performances

Spend a great time at a traditional Japanese restaurant

Traditional Japanese Dining with Parlor Games and Shows

Meigiren Kumiai

Enjoy elegant traditional Geisha entertainment while relishing a delicious seasonal Kaiseki dinner, a sophisticated Japanese haute dining. You will be able to spend a delightful time watching Maiko and Geisha dance performances up close. You will also have the opportunity to chat and play a variety of traditional Japanese games with these amazing artists. This year Ozashiki Asobi will be performed in English especially for English speakers to fully enjoy this unique experience.

*The price includes the food charge, taxes, and service charges. Beverages can be paid for in cash on the day of the event.
*Doors open 30 minutes before the scheduled start. Be aware that no admissions are allowed until then.
*Before coming to any event, please be sure to check the precautions regarding preventive measures against the spread of new coronavirus infection.

Ozashiki Asobi in English
When Thu, 3 November from 5:30 p.m.
Where Kamome(4-85 Shirakabe, Higashi-ku)
Performers Meigiren Kumiai (Suzume, Momotaro, Kotomi), Princess Samurai Of Japan — Madam Odai (Odai No Kata) —
Price ¥14,000
Max People 40

Urban Performances

Tribute to Sen No Rikyu

The City's "Cha no Yu" Tea Ceremony Revolution

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Sen no Rikyu's birth, the father of the "Way of Tea". Rikyu's vision was characterized by breaking the existing concepts and revolutionizing the sensibilities of the tea ceremony. This year's Yattokame Cultural Festival will bring back Rikyu's revolutionary mindset, cast aside the rules and hold a free-spirited tea ceremony that even beginners can participate in.

When Sun, 13 November
① from 0:00 p.m. ② from 1:00 p.m.
③ from 2:00 p.m. ④ from 3:00 p.m. ※
⑤ from 4:00 p.m. ⑥ from 5:00 p.m.
Where Nadia Park Atrium
Price ¥1,000
Max People 15 people per session
Host Yattokame Cultural Festival "Cha no Yu" Tea Ceremony Group
※ Activity reserved for members of the "The Future of Children's Culture Group", a group that aims to create a space for children (age 6 and above) and their parents that focuses on the preservation of culture for the future. For non-members, please apply for a time other than 15:00. *Children should be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Free entry for children, however, parents and guardians are required to buy a ticket to participate.

Urban Performances

Traditional Songs That Have Been Passed Down through Generations.

Nagoya Jinku, Atsuta Kobe-Bushi and Dodoitsu

Nagoya's traditional songs such as "Seicho Nagoya Jinku", "Atsuta Kobe Bushi", "Dodoitsu" and "Hauta". All are popular songs from the Edo period that are accompanied by Shamisen music. "Seicho Nagoya Jinku" is one of the many Jinku songs strongly connected to the history and culture of the ancient Owari region. "Atsuta Kobe Bushi" is a popular song that originated in the Atsuta area of Nagoya. It is a song that tells of love and works in a comical way, and it has a characteristic structure of 7-7-7-5 and no rhyme for a total of 26 words, making it one of the longer Japanese forms.

When Sat, 22 October from 1:50 p.m.
Where Asunal Kanayama, Stage of Tomorrow
Performers Masako Hanabusa, Komasa Hanabusa, Hauta Hanabusa Ryuka Insiders

Urban Performances

New Japanese Music That Soars Through the Reiwa Era.

Tsugaru Shamisen

"刃 -JIN-" is a music band that creates a new style of music by mixing Japanese and Western instruments. "刃 -JIN-" plays a wide range of music genres, from traditional songs to popular songs and also their own original ones, too. Their music has received high praise from all over the world.

When Sat, 29 October from 1:40 p.m.
Where Nadia Park Northeast Entrance
Performers Japanese and Western instrumental concert.
"刃 -JIN-" (Tsugaru Shamisen: Daisuke Sugiyama, keyboard: Kazuki Kondo)

Urban Performances

A Moment Filled with Japanese Music.

Koto music

Famous for the "Haru no Umi" song, Michio Miyagi composed another three gems called "Sarashi Kaze Tegoto", "Kyo no Yorokobi", and "Seoto". The two members of the Ikuta school of Koto music Miyagi School will deliver the worldview and charm of Koto music, including the sound of the bass instrument "17 strings" devised by Michio Miyagi.

When Sun, 6 November from 1:40 p.m.
Where Aeon Mall Atsuta
Performers Chihaya Tanizawa, Tomoko Okubo

Urban Performances

Enjoy the dances and sounds from 1300 years ago.


Gagaku, a traditional performing art with the longest history in Japan, will be performed by Shuinkai, a local Gagaku group that performs on many stages around Nagoya.
The piece that will be performed is called "Sanshu" known as a classic masterpiece of Bumai (Bunomai), a valiant dance performed with a sword or a pike. "Sanshu" is a very difficult dance that needs high dance skills and technique.

When Sun, 13 November from 1:40 p.m.
Where Nagoya Castle, Ninomaru Square
*A separate entrance fee to Nagoya Castle is required.
*In case of rain, the event will be held at the Agals Hall of the Meijo Park Campus, Aichi Gakuin University.
Performers Shuinkai

Urban Performances

Posing like the golden Shachihoko

The Shachihoko Pose Challenge

The Sachihoko dance originated from Nihon Buyo, which is a classical Japanese dance. This dance is a trademark of Meigiren, the Nagoya Geishas, and it is a required skill for all Maiko and Geisha of this area.
You will first learn how to do the Shachihoko pose and then have a couple of days of practice. And on the final day, you will have the opportunity to perform dressed in a beautiful Kimono on a stage at Nagoya Castle. Challenge yourself and join the fun!

Teacher Kazumasa Nishikawa (Head of Nishikawa School of Nihon Buyō)
Special cooperation from National Costume Culture Promotion Association and Kimono Gokko Yunta
Participation fee ¥4,000 (including the lessons, the Kimono rental, and the Kimono dressing)
*Please bring your own Zori sandals. (For those who don't have Zori you can rent a pair for 500 yen. Please ask in advance)
*The Kimono rental is limited to women. Men should bring their own kimono.
Application To participate in this activity, please apply through the application form on the Yattokame Cultural Festival's official website.
*Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications may close before the deadline in the event of a large number of applicants.
Application deadline Fri, 30 September
When ① Wed, 19 October from 7:00 p.m.
② Fri, 21 October from 7:00 p.m.
Where Youth Culture Center (Artpia. Inside Loft), Studio 1
*Attendance of at least one of the practice classes is required.
*You will need to bring a Tenugui towel and a hand towel to the practicing lessons.
When Sun, 13 November from 3:00 p.m.
Where Nagoya Castle, Ninomaru Square
*A separate entrance fee to Nagoya Castle is required.
*In case of rain, the event will be held at the Agals Hall of the Meijo Park Campus, Aichi Gakuin University.

Urban Performances

It is said that in the city there is a waterfall that frees you from the bondage of time.

Special Performance "The Eternal Waterfall"

A quiet landscape is woven by lights and shadows. In the sound of flowing water, the figure of a person in love appears. An unceasing flow. Facts and truths come together to represent the present. A traveler who continues to sway to and fro endlessly through time.
A waterfall of light appears in the city. Piano, violin, contemporary dances, and theater describe the moment.
An eloquent story unfolds in a world without words.

When Wed, 2 November from 7:00 p.m.
Where Nadia Park southeast Entrance
Direction Kazumasa Nishikawa (Head of Nishikawa School of Nihon Buyō)
Performers Sugitetsu (Tetsuro Sugiura, Teppei Okada), Kae Kurachi, Midume Ito
Projection mapping Naoko Ukibe

Stage Performances

Uncovering the Origin of Performing Art since Sen No Rikyu

Noh "Tadanori" and Kyogen "Ido Chawan"

The diverse performing arts that flourished under the Owari Tokugawa family during the Edo period have been passed down through the time and lifestyles of the people of this region as a culture that is closely related to this present moment.

When Thu, 3 November from 2:00 p.m.
Where Nagoya Noh Theater
Price General ¥3,000 Students ¥1,500(All seats reserved)
Please do not bring preschool children.
There is a workshop before the Noh and Kyogen performances to better understand and make it more enjoyable for you.
Discover Noh Theater through tea ceremony tools
Antique Art Gosharaku Representative Tetsuo Kimura will host this workshop about tea utensils that will see through the performance program "Tadanori" and "Ido tea bowl". You will learn about the utensils used during a tea ceremony so you can appreciate and understand the performance even more.
Thu, 3 November from 0:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nagoya Noh Theater conference rooms
Free (An entrance ticket is required.)
Max People
Sponsored by Yattokame Cultural Festival
Nagoya Noh Theater Special Exhibition "Makeshura-mono: The loosing"
In Noh, there is a genre called "Esuramono" in which the main character is a military commander who loses a battle, such as the Noh "Tadanori" performed at the Yattokame Cultural Festival. In this special exhibition at the Nagoya Noh Theater, there will be an introduction of Noh costumes and Noh masks related to the performances of Tadanori and other warlords of the Heike clan.
Wed, 7 September ー Mon, 14 November from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Nagoya Noh Theater exhibition space




The Future of Nagoya Japanese Confectionary

This year Yatokame Cultural Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. This is a great opportunity to introduce to everyone the uniqueness of Nagoya Japanese Confectionery.
With the aim to celebrate the next 10 years to come, the Japanese Confectionery writer Minori Kai created a new Nagoya Japanese Confectionery brochure map titled "The Future of Nagoya Japanese Confectionary" which explores its future.
Get a copy of the Nagoya Japanese Confectionery brochure map (scheduled to be published in mid-October) and walk around Nagoya discovering the most delicious Nagoya Japanese Confectionery.

When Sat, 22 October ー Sun, 13 November
Shops Aoyagi Sohonke KITTE Nagoya, Ichida, Umeyamitsutaka, Osu Uiro Osu Main Store, Kakuozan Furoen, Kyogashi Kame Hiroyoshi, Kameya Yoshihiro Honten, Kawaguchiya, Onkashi-tsukasa Kikyo-en, Onkashi-tsukasa Kikuya, Onkashi-tsukasa Kikuya Shigetomi, Kiyome-mochi Sohonke, Arare-no-takumi Shiraki, Suzume-odori Sohonten, Daikokuya Honten, Okashidokoro Tsukuhaneya, Onkashi-tsukasa Furoen Masamitsu, Matsukawaya, Mannendo, Minochu, Onkashi-tsukasa Mochikan, Mochibun Sohonten & Honten, Ymamadamochi narumi and Ryoguchiya Korekiyo Higashiyama Shop (total 24)

• Recipes and prices vary according to shop.
• Collect stamps and win Yattokame Cultural Festival original goods! Here is what you need to do: Just collect the stamps you will receive when buying a wagashi from any of the shops shown on the The Nagoya Wagashi map. Send the stamps collected during the Yattokame Cultural festival by ordinary mail to the below address and you will receive a Yattokame Cultural Festival original good.

The Japanese Confectionary Kick-off Event!
When:Sat, 22 October from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:"Dolphins Port" venue (inside Oasis 21) Supported by Nagoya Diamond Dolphins
In recent years, a new type of Yokan (Japanese confectionery) named “Sports Yokan" was developed specifically to meet the needs of people who engage in sports. This Yokan contains minerals that athletes lose as they perspire when exercising over extended periods of time. Also, intake of sugar during workouts may result in rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels and eventually cause hypoglycemia. As a result, Japanese sweets are an easily-accessible source of nutrition for athletes. For this reason, and in a collaboration with Nagoya's professional basketball team Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, the "Sports and Japanese Sweets" event will be held at the "Dolphins Port" venue (inside Oasis 21) displaying these new Japanese sports sweets.
Visitors to the event who post on social media at the venue will receive these Japanese sweets for free (first-come-first-served)! For details, please refer to this year's brochure map "The Future of Nagoya Japanese Confectionary"
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.

Learn about Nagoya Sweets on "Nagoya is not boring" blog post



Traveling Hanko Stamp Collection

When participating in any event of this cultural festival, you will receive a Hanko stamp that will be proof of your cultural learning journey. The more stamps, you collect, the bigger the prize. Those who collect a lot of stamps will receive an original stamp postcard and gift.

When Sat, 22 October ー Sun, 13 November
Where Activities and performances in the following programs are eligible: "Urban Performances", "Stage Performances", "Educational Programs", "Nagoya Walking Tours" and the 24 shops that collaborated in the Nagoya Sweets program.
*Hanko stamps collection booklets will be distributed at each event venue.
*Stamps will be given at the end of each activity and performance.
Goods reception
◎ Commemorative goods can only be received at the performances of the "Urban Performances" program. The following performances and representations are excluded: the Ozashiki Live, The "Cha no Yu" Tea Ceremony Revolution, and "The Eternal Waterfall".
◎ To receive the highest prize you will need to collect 20 stamps. The acceptance date of the highest prize will be on Sunday, November 13 at the "Urban Performances" venue.
Collaborating in planning and making stamps|Tenjindo Kojima Inbo

Special Menu

Lecture 8 "Nagoya, the Country of Utakata - The Vestiges of Nagoya Connected Through Song"

Nagoya Omokageza

Online Event

Last year was a theatrical representation, but this year will be a cinematic representation. The number of participating guests is the largest in the history of Omokage-za. This year's topic will be songs.
During the Edo Period the entire Owari region was a place for singing. It is said that it all started 1,300 years ago, with the Shinto ritual called "Emi Suinin Shinji" during the Ohoho Festival that took place at the Atsuta Jingu Shrine.
To better understand this, you will be visiting a few places around Atsuta and Nagoya area that are supposed to explain this hypothesis. *This 8th lecture will be also streamed online.

When Sat, 22 October
Where Yattokame Festival YouTube Channel
Appearance Hiroshi Shimizu, Taiseki Ito, Shizuko Mizuno, Shugoro Saki, People of Omokageza, Others
Event production Shingo Kojima

Special Menu


Streaming & Heritage - Between the Plateau and the Sea 2022-

From Nagoya Castle to Atsuta, the highlight will be the history and culture with cutting-edge technology and art focusing on the Horikawa area.
Official Website|https://streamingheritage.jp/en/index.html

When Thu, 3 November ー Sun, 20 November
*Held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during this festival period
Venues Nagoya Castle, Shikemichi, Nayabashi, Matsushige Locks, Atsuta, and Miya no Watashi (Scheduled places)
Organized by Nagoya Japan Expo Executive Committee (Members: City of Nagoya, UNESCO City of Design Nagoya Promotion Project Executive Committee, Nagoya Town Development Corporation, Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chunichi Shimbun)
〒460-0011 名古屋市中区大須3-42-30 ALA大須ビル201
Tel:052-262-2580 Fax:052-262-6658