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This Month in Nagoya!
The Nagoya! Newsletter is the newsletter of the Nagoya International Club.  

NagoyaIC has been promoting a vibrant foreign community in the Chubu/Nagoya area as an alternative to the bar scene, and the chance to make some friends outside of our work centered worlds since 2005.  Come out and make some friends!
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Would like to start this newsletter out by asking you to take a look at the Facebook page!  I have made some updates to it, and I hope you will get a lot more out of it.  For one thing, I have incorporated the Nagoya! Events Calendar into a new tab, as well as a adding a section for people interestd in purchasing a computer or some software.  Take a look!  You can subsribe to the Nagoya Events Calendar to your google calendar by clicking on the little white "+Google Calender" button on the bottom right, or you can find it online by clicking here.

Sakae (栄)
is located in Aichi, Nagoya, Naka-ku.  Sakae is arguably the main entertainment area of Nagoya, and the hub of many communities in the Chubu Region.  

The Chubu Region, or Central Japan, includes nine ken, or prefectures, Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama, Yamanashi, and often Mie (technically in Kansai).  Mostly you will meet people from Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Shizuoka in and around Nagoya.  

Sakae basically includes areas within walking distance of Sakae intersection and Sakae Station.  Sakae Station sits on the Higashiyama and Meijo Subway lines, and the Meitetsu Seto Line; 2 stops from Nagoya on the yellow line.

In common use, people living in urban areas of Japan use the name of the closest station to refer to their neighborhood. So, “Sakae” is often used to explain places that are actually in Nishiki, Shin-sakae, or even Higashisakura, north of Sakae. Used broadly, it is a very big and exciting part of Nagoya.  
Sakae’s Hisaya Ōdori Park is a very nice urban park that features events on weekends; if the weather is good, nearly every weekend. The park also contains the Nagoya TV Tower. The 180-meter tower was the first built in Japan back in 1954.  Since then, Nagoya has become quite fond of it, and the TV Tower is often mentioned as a symbol of Nagoya.  When the weather is nice you can find families and couples taking pictures in front of it, and at night when the tower is illuminated it dominates the skyline and can be seen from all over Sakae.

In the shadow of the tower sits the ever funky Oasis 21, where events are held on the Milky Way Square; an open public space below Water Spaceship roof.  From the roof you have a great view of the tower, and many couples find it pleasant to stroll around the rooftop pond and enjoy the view.  The public space below holds restaurants and stores, and even a Saturday morning farmer’s market.  The space also plays host to large public events and celebrations, such as the World Cosplay Championships when they came to Nagoya in 2010 and 2011.  Adjacent to Oasis 21 you will find the Aichi Fine Arts Center, which is home to the Aichi Fine Art Museum and Aichi Performing Arts Theater.  There is also a Wolfgang Puck, among other things.

Matsuzakaya, Maruei Sakae, and Mitsukoshi are department stores known collectively as the 3M of Nagoya.  These, and other large stores such as Parco, Nadya Park, and Lachic, extend well into the adjacent Yaba-cho area. This area between Sakae and Yaba-Cho contains many high-end luxury import brand stores, and ranks among the best shopping areas in Japan.  You can find some of the most expensive brand name clothes, shoes, and bags in the world, but there is also a Gap! Nearby Nadya Park, is a modern skyscraper and shopping complex housing the International Design Centre Nagoya on its fourth floor and the Loft Departmental Store, which seems to have everything you could need.

There are two additional shopping areas underground in Sakae.  The area under the TV Tower in Hisayaodori Park is known as “Central Park,” and Sake-Mori Underground Shopping Center is on the other side of Sakae Station. Very near the Sake-Mori Underground you can find a few interesting places.  If you are new to Japan, the Daiso 100 yen store in the Skyle Building is a lot of fun.  If getting a western style meal is your thing, the Outback Steakhouse is right across the street, and a Starbucks sits above that.  Just down the street from the Skyle Building you can find Mejiya, a great source for “foreign foods” in Nagoya.   

Sakae is famous for its attractive nightlife and draws people from all over Chubu. At night the area hums with the energy of Nagoya’s youth come out as clubbers, bar hoppers, and the ever present advertisers drawing prospective patrons to their spot. Popular nightclubs in Sakae include iD Café, Gary’s, Club Quattro, Club JB’s, and Steps.  Popular bars in Sakae include MyBar, Bar 8, and 59’s.

Lastly, the Internet! Just some random things I found interesting about Nagoya and Beyond. 
Jean Reno as Doraemon

As the ever-loved Doraemon, Jean Reno makes a surprisingly accurate, human embodiment of the cat with a 4-dimensional pocket in this new commercial for Toyota cars. 
Love Hotels in Nagoya

In the land of a thousand neighbors, where mom, dad and their mom and dad and their two children have historically resided under one roof – there has always been the problem of finding a little personal space.  Though many people assume that love hotels are where people go to conduct illicit affairs, a sizable percentage of couples who visit them are legitimately together. In fact, many love hotel patrons are actually married, and are simply looking for a bit of privacy since multi-generational living is still quite common here.

UFO belief in Japan

A Japanese TV program shows the top three results of a survey that asked people in 50 different countries if they believed in UFO’s:

As you can see, Japan is ranked second, with 45.3%.
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