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Host to the July Grand Sumo Tournament, he Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium is a popular multipurpose venue in Nagoya. This state-of-the-art facility attracts the city's major crowd for the wide variety of sports events, cultural activities, concert and corporate events that it hosts. Encompassing of a vast stadium, a basement studio and well-equipped meeting rooms, this place can accommodate 7,407 people, which makes it the perfect pick for every kind of event.
A modern facility for a classical art, this new theater is equipped with high-tech wireless headphones with explanations (occasionally in English) for members of the audience who need help understanding this highly stylized form of drama. A controversial feature is the natural, lush young pine, rather than the more traditional ancient sculpted tree, painted on the rear panel of the stage. Performances are usually held on weekends, the days and times, as well as admission charges, vary. There is a small museum inside, open every day, with a permanent exhibition on Noh and Nagoya Noh theater.
If you cannot find something in this building to entertain you, then you must have some truly unusual tastes! This building is devoted to entertainment, and mostly the more traditional forms of it. Within are not only bars and eateries, but also the kind of places you want to go after such revelry. There is karaoke, a game center, a bowling alley and other similar establishments to pursue leisurely pleasures. In all, 25 "attractions" offer fun for all ages.
It might be unfair to say Suzuran Minamiza hosts an array of unusual Japanese art and drama forms except that there really are few places these days where you can catch a performance of these traditional arts. Suzuran Minamiza performances include taiko (Japanese drums), ninjyogeki ("slice-of-life theatre") and chabara (sword) fighting. Those looking for a taste of bygone Japan will definitely find this venue interesting. It is a good place to have a few beers while enjoying the show.
Zepp is an eco-conscious event hall in Nagoya which finds unique ways to reuse energy. Along with hosting internationally-acclaimed artists with a capacity of 1800 people, Zepp also uses pet bottles which are recycled as accessories and sold at the venue. All electric energy needed for the building is derived from natural energy. There are also tours of the complex for guests as well as lockers to secure personal belongings.
Nagoya Musical Theatre is run by a company that owns seven others like it across the country, so the management has the experience to ensure that facilities support the best musicals. The sound quality is very good and the layout is attractive. The first floor is comprised of 800 seats, and the second, 250 seats. There is also a small children's theater and a child-care service to prevent crying children from disturbing shows. Call in advance for specific show times and prices.
Misonoza, an enormous theater, which seats 1,659, hosts primarily traditional Japanese drama. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, kabuki, noh and bunraku (puppet theater), with kabuki being perhaps the most featured. Kabuki usually runs through the spring and autumn seasons, though there is some type of performance every month. Prices of tickets vary widely, but you can expect to pay several thousand yen for a seat, sometimes much more.
It would be easy to pass by this building, mistaking it for a hotel or restaurant...if you missed the word "Sega" beneath its name. Yes, it is a game center, and one of the city's nicer ones. All the latest Sega video games are present on one floor, while another hosts music games and those ubiquitous arcade presences, camera booths. If you go, do not be surprised to find as many adults as there are children!
Nagoya's Blue Note Club adds a real cosmopolitan flair to this industrial city. In heart of Nagoya's colorful Sake District, you can hear worldwide favorites such as Natalie Cole and Keiko Lee in an intimate room. For a break from the stress of the Japanese work week, stop by, grab a drink from the bar, and enjoy the heartfelt melodies in casual seating. Dinner is also available to complement your listening experience. Although you may not speak Japanese, you will understand the universal language of music that is always found at the Nagoya Blue Note and you can be sure that none of it will be lost in translation. An renown music venue, Blue Note Clubs can also be found in New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Milano.
Jammin in Nagoya is an intimate venue for concerts, comedy acts and other live shows. Though it has a seating capacity of 140 people, it can easily accommodate a standing audience of 350. Enjoy their performances with tasty food and drinks.
The fans who fill Nagoya Dome on a Dragons' game day make this stadium a feared site among opposing teams. Try to sit near the cheering section, easily identifiable because everyone will be wearing blue and white and everyone will be cheering in unison with the "cheerleaders" in front. The atmosphere is thick when the Dragons take on the Tokyo Giants, but it is all in good fun, and most foreigners leave exhilarated. Nagoya Dome also hosts the world-class musicians that frequently pass through town. Check schedules for game/concert days and times.
Yoshimoto Sakae 3-chome Theatre is particularly popular among local youth and for good reason. Not only is the JPY800 charge extremely reasonable, but the acts are pretty good as well. The weekdays usually feature local comedians, comic performances and related 'drama', if it can be called such. The weekends, however, bring in top acts from Osaka and Tokyo to perform a variety of live acts. And with only 94 seats, the place is rather intimate.