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Metal Rock Bar (メタル ロック バー) “Scum” (スカム) Nagoya (名古屋)

名古屋 METAL ROCK BAR メタル ロック バー SCUM スカム

Metal Rock Bar in Nagoya, Japan (Scum)

Since the first time I heard Outrage in 1989 I always wanted to visit Nagoya. Despite living in Japan for three years, the opportunity never presented itself (despite having passed Nagoya on the train several times) until 2013. I asked Shinya Tange, Outrage’s drummer, if there were any metal bars or clubs he could recommend. He recommended Scum. The place was much nicer than the name suggests. The owner is super nice and can speak English having lived in California for a while. We spoke in Japanese though. He hands you his iPad and let’s you pick the music. The cover of the album of the currently playing song is projected on the wall. As you can see, I must have picked something off of Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye.”

The other customers were wonderful too. I chatted with a young local who had never even heard of Outrage. I found it rather ironic that I, a foreigner, was able to introduce a native from Nagoya to Outrage.

Meiji Village Museum

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Kabuki Theater (Kurehaza or 呉服座) in Meiji Mura (明治村)
Inuyama, Japan

Inside the open air museum known as Meiji Mura (not too far from Nagoya) you can find this theater built in 1892. The Kurehaza was relocated to Meiji Mura (like the other 60 or so other buildings you can find here which were moved to this location beginning in the 1960s) in 1971. Kabuki and other performances were held in this building more than a hundred years ago. The building was officially recognized as an “Important Cultural Property” in 1984.