new voice has arrived on thescene in Nagoya, just in timeto wake the sleeping giant thatseems to be stirring here inNagoya’s cultural and creative bosom.
.We hope to be a sounding board or what-ever is on the minds o whomever we meet,whomever meets us, them, their riends,you, your riends, your riends riends..etc,we’re all in.Our coverline, “Nagoya Grows Up,” hasa double implication. Over the course o the last decade or so, and more recently,in just the last two years, Nagoya’s archi-tecture has taken a sudden leap skyward.Besides the towering JR Central owerscomplex that rise into the air at Nagoya Sta-tion (completed in 1999), oyota recently completed work on it’s 47-story, MidlandSquare project, home o cinemas, high-endluxury shops and the giant automaker itsel.Tere’s also the majestic slope o NagoyaLucent ower sitting nearby, 40 stories highwith it’s glowing rainbow o colours soly illuminating the ground below, and nally,the Mode Gakuen spiral tower corkscrewsit’s 36-oor glass and metal rame 170 me-ters above the streets below, incorporatingthe latest in ‘green architecture,’ and hous-ing educational acilities or three diferentdisciplines, twisting into the air above likesome giant shimmering glass-on-metal be-anstalk.Shiny new buildings don’t necessarily mean a city has ‘arrived,’ so to speak, butNagoya is surely ‘growing up,’ i up meansup into the sky.Te second meaning o the phrase is notas easily identied, not quite so quantiablewith numbers, stories, height...A city is essentially identied by it’s resi-dents more than anything else. Te charac-ter o any place is always a reection o theminds and hearts o the people who walk thestreets, take the subways, live in the homes,and drive the roads. Nagoya has always beenknown as a sort o humble manuacturingcenter located between okyo and Osakaon the okaido Shinkansen line. “Not muchthere to see or do,” has always been the idealots o olks harbor about Nagoya.We aim to change that, and to show youthat it’s just not true. Tere
lots o thingsgoing on here, lots o people making art,taking chances, making statements. Film-makers, musicians, writers, painters, actors,estivals, caes, clubs, shows, interestingcharacters and lots o avor. Interestingplaces to go and things to do and see, peoplewith to talk to, Nagoya is much more than just miso, cars and ne china. It’s alive andgrowing, and we want to show it to you ina new way.