南山大学

 

Nagoya gateway to central Japan Culture

Experience both traditional and contemporary cultures of Japan

On the one hand, Japan has a unique, beautiful and traditional culture and on the other hand, it is well known that Japan’s modern culture, such as anime and manga, are exported all over the world.
Aichi Prefecture often played an important role in Japan’s history and some remarkable traditions and customs are still alive today. At the same time, there are many spots in Aichi where you can experience modern Japanese culture, making it possible to witness two cultures from different time eras.

Festivals

A variety of festivals during which prayers are dedicated to such things as a bountiful harvest and prosperity are still preserved in Japan. People still hold these types of major festivals today. The following festivals are well known in Aichi Prefecture: Handa Matsuri in Handa City, Tsushima Tenno Matsuri in Tsushima City and the Hadaka Matsuri held in Inazawa City. In recent years, the Nippon Domannaka Matsuri, organized by the younger generation, has evolved into an exciting event in its own right.

 

Shrines and Temples

Shrines and temples are well maintained because they are places of worship for Japanese people. They are also fascinating because of their traditional architecture. In Aichi Prefecture, Atsuta Jingu in Nagoya City, Toyokawa Inari in Toyokawa City, Joko-ji in Seto City and Horai-ji in Shinshiro City are well known.

 

Galleries and Museums

Aichi Prefecture boasts many galleries and museums. The Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya City exhibits Western and Japanese style paintings and serves as a venue for music concerts. If you are interested in Japanese traditional cultural arts, the Tokugawa Museum and Nagoya Nogakudo, both in Nagoya City, are recommended.

Robots and Automobiles

One of the prefecture’s main industries is manufacturing, which has created its own unique niche in Aichi’s culture. Aichi’s remarkable, industry-related museums such as Nagoya’s Robot Museum – the first of its kind in Japan, the Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute-cho and the Noritake Forest of ceramics in Nagoya City are other spots attracting attention.

Anime, Manga and the Town

Anime- and manga-related products are sold at various shops such as specialty, book and department stores. Many anime, manga and game shops can be found in the Osu district of Nagoya City, where there are also many shops selling used clothing, accessories and furniture. Osu is considered to be a hub of youth culture.

Sports

Baseball and soccer are the most popular sports in Japan, with professional teams playing at a high level in each of these sports. Traditional sumo wrestling also enjoys deep-rooted popularity. You can cheer for your favorite baseball teams at the Nagoya Dome and soccer teams at the Mizuho Athletic Stadium in Nagoya City and the Toyota Stadium in Toyota City. In addition, every July the Natsu Basho (Summer Grand Sumo Tournament) is held in the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya City.