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Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Venue: The Westin Nagoya Castle, Room Tenshu
The NT 15 will host a banquet at The Westin Nagoya Castle which overlooks Nagoya Castle. Our guests can enjoy the high quality food and drinks at a special rate. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share the great moment with us.
Tenshu Banquet Room, where a seated buffet dinner and also entertainments will take place, is the largest banquet hall in the central Japan area, which can comprehensively produce a grand-scale event such as various conventions or major social and business parties.
Please also visit The Westin Nagoya Castle’s official website :http://www.castle.co.jp/wnc/en/
Sugitetsu is a unique violin and piano duo performing concerts all over Japan. Their performance is not only fun to listen but also fun to watch with famous works of classical music mixed with various music of different genres and environmental sounds. Sugitetsu delivers their performance under the theme of a “musical laboratory experimenting with classical music.” The duo often plays with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, and other orchestras. Devoted to railways, Sugitetsu released many pieces of work mixing classical music with railway-related sounds. With their tribute album “Super Express 50th Anniversary Album” released in 2014, they won the Planning Award of the time-honored Japan Record Awards. As a duo making everyone smile with classical music, Sugitetsu performs more than 100 concerts annually around the nation.
As with Kyoto, Nagoya has hanamachi (geisha districts) with a long history. The predecessor of Meigiren was established as a corporation in 1952, and in 2002 it changed its structure to an association. As of now, 18 geisha and two maiko belong to Meigiren, devoting themselves to practicing Japanese traditional performing arts, including dance, drums, flutes, shamisen (three-stringed lute), and songs. They entertain customers in and around Nagoya with a wide variety of performances. Specialties of Meigiren entertainers are the Kin no Shachihoko* dance and Nagoya Jinku** song. A performance by beautiful geisha and maiko with a Nagoya flavor will definitely bring you enjoyment of Japanese traditional culture.
* Shachihoko is a mythical creature with a fish’s body and tiger’s head. Its tail is always pointing to the sky and its back is lined with sharp spines. A pair of kin no shachihoko (golden shachihoko) is a symbol of Nagoya Castle, shining on top of the Castle tower.
** Nagoya Jinku is a type of Japanese folk song that was in vogue in the early Meiji period. Its major themes are Nagoya’s history and earlier streetscapes.
【Half day Excursion】 Group1
|Jul. 1st (Wed)||Toyoda Auditorium Complex [14:00dpt.] ===== [14:40] Nagoya Castle [15:40] ===== [16:10] Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology [17:00] ===== (Nagoya City Tour) ===== The Westin Nagoya Castle [18:00 estimated arr.]|
【Half day Excursion】 Group2
|Jul. 1st (Wed)||Toyoda Auditorium Complex [14:00dept.] ========== [14:40] Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology [15:30] ==== [15:50] Nagoya Castle [16:30] ===== (Nagoya City Tour) ===== The Westin Nagoya Castle [18:00 estimated arr.]|
Please note that after the excursion, the bus will not go further than the Westin Nagoya Castle
*Nagoya Castle (quoted from Nagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau)
This castle, a symbol of Nagoya was residence of the 620,000-koku Owari Tokugawa household. It was built by the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612, and it symbolizes Nagoya's pride and power. There are exhibits describing the lifestyle of the local lords in the castle tower (main donjon). Restoration of Hommaru Palace is currently underway, which was registered as Japan's National Treasure but the original building was tragically burnt down during World War II. City of Nagoya has started the restoration project in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Tours of the construction site are available (Closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays) where you can see the traditional Japanese architecture method. The long-awaited main gate and the front drawing room is now open to the public.
Visit Nagoya Castle’s official webpage:
*Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Preserving and utilizing the old factory and industrial heritage at the birthplace of Toyota, this facility was established by the 13 Toyota Group companies. Centered on textiles and automobiles, the site introduces the industrial and technological revolutions through real machines and moving exhibits.
Visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology’s official webpage: http://www.tcmit.org/english/