Have you heard of projection mapping?

It is a kind of video projection onto a display surface, in many cases the outside façade of buildings but also indoor spaces.

It’s used as a new kind of digital art and entertainment format. In Japan, there are many events using projection mapping.

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One event using projection mapping in Nagoya is the ‘Nagoya Castle Yakai Meets New History by 1→10’ I am here to give you details about the event and to help you decide whether it is worth a visit.

What to Expect

The highlight of Nagoya Meets New History is a gigantic projection mapping on the outside of the Honmaru Palace at Nagoya Castle. The projection tells the story of Nagoya from the past, to present, and a colorful future.

Played together with music this projection mapping can be enjoyed without the need to understand Japanese. The projection takes only about 5 minutes and repeats roughly every 20 minutes. It is fun to watch the show multiple times and to discover new details one has missed before.

To enjoy the projection mapping tables and benches have been prepared and heating blankets are available.

In between the projection mapping, there is a sideshow like storytelling in Japanese and live music.

The castle itself is lit up and the corner tower is lit up with changing colors making for a nice photo object.

The wall at the main entrance of the Honmaru Palace has a projection mapping of shapes in white and blue which represent the Arimatsu Tie-dyeing art of Nagoya.

Food is also provided but to me, it seemed quite overpriced. There are stalls outside the inner gate selling Nagoya specialties, and a stall just behind the main event space.

There they sell hot alcoholic drinks like Umeshu and Sake, locally sourced food like Karaage, Korokke and soups and some hot desserts like Matcha Zenzai. The menu, unfortunately, is available only in Japanese.

You can also buy a fancy bento box that costs 2000 yen.

I did not order anything to eat or drink so I cannot say if the food is any good. It smelled delicious though.

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Other Event Details

The ‘Nagoya Castle Yakai Meets New History by 1→10’ is held from December 14th, 2019 to January 13th, 2020 except for December 29th, 2019 to January 1st, 2020.

The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and last entry is at 8:30 p.m. with gates closing at 9 p.m. You can arrive at any point during the opening hours.

The ticket price is 1200 yen which you can buy at the ticket booth at the main gate of Nagoya Castle. You can pay via cash or credit card.

Entry Fee: 1200 yen
Event Dates: Dec 14. 2019 – Jan 13. 2020
Opening Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (last entry 8:30 p.m.)
Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0031
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps

Final Thoughts on Nagoya Castle Yakai Meets New History

I have to admit I expected more from the event especially because of the entry price of 1200 yen. I spent an hour there taking pictures and watching the projection mapping twice.

I recommend a visit if you have a free night in Nagoya on which you otherwise have nothing to do and if you are interested in digital art.

To everyone else I recommend checking out my list of things to do in Nagoya at night, maybe you will find something else of interest.

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