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2019-year of the boar-is here! Go out to boar-related places!

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This year is the year of the boar. Go check out spots related to boars for a little luck in your year.

Nagoya's Meito-ku area has an area with the kanji character for "boar" featured in its name. It has natural rock formations referred to as "Inokoishi" which are stunningly similar to a boar, and are said to be the origin of the area's name.

■The "male rock" at Inokoishi Shrine and "female rock" at Oishi Shrine

It is said that when you touch the "male rock" at Inokoishi Shrine, you will be cursed.

However, the "female rock" at Oishi Shrine has lots of small rocks speckled all over it, giving it the name of "child-bearing rock", and it is said that it offers divine help in child birth.

■Inokoishi Shimmei Shrine and Ryuji Shrine

Inokoishi Shimmei Shrine has a connection to boars, and is said to be for the tutelary god of legs.

It also is said to offer divine help in a fruitful family tree as boars are known for being so prolific. Ryuji Shrine, which is within the premises, is a shrine to the god of ears, and is a rarity throughout Japan.
Find out more: Inokoishi Shimmei Shrine *Japanese onlyExternal Link

■Inome designs at Nagoya Castle's Hommaru Palace
Have you ever seen heart-shaped designs at temples, shrines, and in sword guards? The designis known as inome (literally, boar's eye), and has been used in traditional Japanese architecture since ancient times to ward of evil and fire.
There are actually decorative nail head covers in Nagoya Castle's Hommaru Palace using these inome motifs. Be sure to come and see them for yourself.

Find out more: Nagoya Castle

■Exhibition of traditional Japanese lacquerware with boar illustrations

At the current "Missionary of Art Nouveau, Chu Asai and Japanese Modern Design" exhibition at the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, you can see boars illustrated on traditional Japanese lacquerware.

Missionary of Art Nouveau, Chu Asai and Japanese Modern Design
Period: November 17, 2018-February 17, 2019
Weekdays: 10:00 AM-5:30 PM/Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays
Venue: Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
Admission fee:
Adults: 1,300 yen, elementary/junior high/high school students: 600 yen *Elementary school students and younger: free
●Directly connected to Exit 1 of Shinsakae-machi Station on the Higashiyama subway line
Missionary of Art Nouveau, Chu Asai and Japanese Modern Design *Japanese onlyExternal Link
Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

■Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium's "boars of the sea"

Meet the "boars of the sea" at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. The mouths and teeth of these fish are shaped like boars', and have thus earned this nickname. Go out, and have a look for yourself.
Find out more: Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Go out to the various famous spots in Nagoya this year too.

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