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Thanksgiving Dining in Nagoya

By Pink Sherbet Photography from USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren’t really within our rights to expect Nagoya to be celebrate the third Thursday of November in quite the same way as it would be done in the US.

However, like other international traditions such as Christmas, Hallowe’en or Valentine’s Day, there is a distinct feeling that Thanksgiving is growing in stature. Of course, it is not yet celebrated with the same gusto as the aforementioned holidays, but still there are a few places dotted around the city that put on a Thanksgiving spread. Here’s a short list we’ve compiled of our favorites. Please note that most require reservations.

Midtown BBQ

From November 23-26th Midtown BBQ, perhaps Nagoya’s finest American barbecue establishment, is holding a ‘Smoked Thanksgiving’ event. This is what they have to say about it:

“We’re taking the traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu and adding a whole lot of smoke in the right places. We look forward to seeing you there!

Smoked Turkey Plate
Smoked Crispy Skin Turkey, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Shallot Gravy, Grilled Seasonal Vegetables, Cointreau Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Butter Rolls – 1900 JPY

Smoked Jumbo Plate (more of everything)
Smoked Crispy Skin Turkey, Smoked Sausage, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Shallot Gravy, Grilled Seasonal Vegetables, Cointreau Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Butter Rolls – 2900 JPY”

They advise that seats are limited, so booking is strongly recommended.

  • Where: Naka Ward, Nishiki, 1 Chome−16−10, Midtown BBQ (map)
  • Website:
  • Contact: / 052-898-5080

Coat of Arms

A regular haunt for us at Japan Info Swap and our friends at More Than Relo, Coat of Arms regularly holds international events, and their Canadian Thanksgiving in October went down a storm. For Nagoya’s …continue reading


America’s Most Popular Sake Festival Returns to Tokyo on Nov. 1

TOKYO — The Joy of Sake, the world’s most popular sake tasting outside Japan, returns to the homeland of sake on Nov. 1 with 381 premium labels from every sake-brewing region of Japan. The event at Gotanda’s TOC Building marks The Joy of Sake’s eighth year in Japan and follows two record-setting celebrations in the U.S.
In keeping with traditions in Hawaii, where The Joy of Sake began in 2001 and where no celebration is complete without delicious food, 14 restaurants are participating in the event. Michelin-star winners Il Ghiottone (Italian) and Restaurant Kazu (French), Yokohama’s famed Jukei Hanten (Chinese) and Beast Kitchen from Hokkaido are all making return appearances, with Oimachi seafood specialist Makanai-ya making its Joy of Sake debut with a superbly original sushi creation.
The combination of hundreds of premium sake choices, outstanding cuisine from top local restaurants and a lively, friendly atmosphere has made the Joy of Sake America’s largest and most popular sake festival. The Honolulu event drew a record 1,600 sake fans to the Hawaii Convention Center in July, and in September The Joy of Sake New York attracted a record 800 attendees. Together, the three events are expected to reach a 3,500 sake fans this year.
“The big draw is without doubt the delicious taste of premium sake, and the opportunity to sample the best,” says Chris Pearce, the event’s organizer. “In recent years the quality of sake has reached new levels because brewers are combining centuries-old traditions with new techniques. It’s a treat to be able to share the wonderful variety of sake being made today.”
The Joy of Sake is the public tasting that follows the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, held in Honolulu each summer under the guidance of the Japan National Institute of Brewing. This year, eleven judges from Japan and the U.S. participated in the rigorous two-day blind-tasting. All 381 sakes entered into the competition, including the gold and silver award-winners, will be available for guests’ self-serve sampling at The Joy of Sake Tokyo.
The Joy of Sake Tokyo takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at the TOC Building in Gotanda. Tickets are ¥8500 or $80, available online at or ¥9500 at the door.
For more information, please contact Jan Nagano