New Year is an important time in Japan, but things are celebrated a little differently here then they are badck home. You are no doubt already clued up on Japan’s New Year traditions, its New Year’s foods and the shrines to visit for Hatsumoude in Nagoya. But did you know that there are also New Year countdown parties like at home?
Like so many aspects of western culture – Valentine’s Day, Christmans and Halloween, Japan has slowly been getting to grips with the New Year Countdown parties. Primarily celebrated by younger people, there are a few places that hold parties with fireworks and the like at the stroke of midnight. There are three major ones in the Nagoya area.
Down in the Mikawa Bay in Gamagori you can find Laguna, Aichi’s biggest amusement park. Every year they put on a huge countdown party that is guaranteed to draw the crowds. The amusement park opens at 10:00 on the morning of the 31st, and goes on through the day until 1:00 on New Year’s Day. There will be live performances from J-Pop stars including SEAMO, NEO HERO and nobodyknows+, with music throughout the day orchestrated by local radio station and JIS favorite ZIP FM. Eat your fill, enjoy the rides and then marvel at the fireworks at midnight.
Nagashima Spaland is one of the most famous amusement parks in Japan, and its New Year’s party is well known. Gates open at 20:00 on December 31 and you can ride all of the attractions as many times as you like (norihoudai) right through until 3:00 the next morning. There are live performances from the likes of WHITE JAM, SILENT GARDEN and Funky Kato (of Funky Monkey Babies fame). If you …continue reading