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One of the popular spots for sporting action in the Minami-ku neighborhood of the city, Nippon Gaishi Hall, also known as Nagoya Civic General Gymnasium, is abuzz with events throughout the year. Playing host to prominent events, the area hosts sports tournaments and matches, as well as concerts and other cultural events. Call to know more.
Don't be put off by the name. This really is the place to go to for a weekend night party. Open till late and featuring music bands, Misfits is a nice place to chill out in. Sway to the strums of the guitar and the sounds of a saxophone, and see if you can follow the lyrics after a few drinks! Grab some pizza, calzone or pasta when hunger pangs strike you. Stand-up comics visit the joint often. Tuesday is Women's Night out here, when the fairer sex gets certain privileges and special treatment. Several events are held during each month. Check the website for details. Though it seats 27 people, it can get crowded on weekends, so book in advance.
Seating just 40, this tiny movie theater is the place for the cinema connoisseur. You never know what film you might find here: independent, amateur, documentary, art, international, animated, classic, old, new, underground, shorts, features, and all critically recognized. International movies are shown in their original language with Japanese subtitles. There are many showings throughout the day and titles change often. Check their web page (Japanese only) for schedules. The lobby boasts a collection of 2,500 books and 3,000 magazines (Japanese) on the cinema.
Kinoshita Hall is perhaps Nagoya's most charming movie theater, not only because of its intimate size—it seats only 100 people—but also because of the films that normally play here. Nineteen fifties classics from America and Japan are the standard fare, though European films and other world greats sometimes get screen time too. Of course, neither the sound system nor the film equipment is very advanced, but this hardly drives away customers.
This long-standing concert venue is one of the major performing stage for touring bands from across the world. Many renowned bands and artists belonging to varied music genres like rock, jazz, pop, R 'n' B, Hip Hop and electronica have graced the stage of K. D Japon. Known for its enhanced technology and amazing acoustics, listening to one of the performances at K. D Japon is a worthwhile experience. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
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.
Reflect Studio is not only a modern recording studio but also a performing space for live music. With excellent acoustics, a trained staff and a performance area, it makes a good venue for small concerts. It can also be hired for parties, festivals and seminars.
One of several small halls in Nagoya to catch popular music with domestic and international stars appearing on its stage. This one actually has tiered seating behind the large main floor, so the arrangement and atmosphere can change depending on the performance and the size of the audience. With a seating capacity of up to 800, shows range from recitals of local dance schools to internationally known popular music bands. A small bar offers a modest selection of drinks and light snacks.
Part of the Diamond Hall, the Apollo Theater is a highly sought-after theater in Nagoya which consistently offers discerning patrons some of the best Japanese theatrical productions. The facilities available are state-of-the-art and do full justice to the talented troupes who perform here. Check website for details.
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.
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.
As one of the small chain of nightclubs in major cities across Japan, this club regularly books up and coming bands that have hits on the charts but are still too new to fill large concert halls. With a capacity of only a few hundred, it is possible to see some of the latest popular music in a close, intimate atmosphere. Sellouts and SRO nights are common. Established bands or their individual members, on solo or revival tours also show up occasionally.