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Yattokame Festival

The important cultural practices and customs of Nagoya were established mainly by the Owari Tokugawa, a family branch established by Tokugawa Yoshinao (1601-50), the ninth son of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616).

To help you enjoy as many of them as you can, the Yattokame Festival — which in the Nagoya dialect means, "It's been a while" — will collect them in one neighborhood from Oct. 26 to Nov. 17.

To kick off the three-week event, a range of traditional entertainers will visit Aichi Gakuin University this Saturday to give a performance of kōdan storytelling and kin-no-shachihoko odori, a handstand-like stunt that has been passed down to geigi (geisha in Nagoya).

The opening also promises to demonstrate kabuki and kyōgen, both of which will be performed at later dates at Aeon Mall Atsuta and more.

Adding to the cultural power of the festival are indoor shows including noh classic "Tsurukame" ("Crane and Tortoise") at Nagoya Nogakudo Hall on Nov. 1. (Yuki Yamauchi)

In the event of bad weather, some programs will take place at a different venue or be canceled.