Nagoya Bar: Sign Bar Koza
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Address: Sign Bar Koza, Nishiki 2-5-31 B1, Naka ku, Nagoya.
In downtown Nagoya, Koza is an Okinawa themed bar two doors down from Noise. Called a “sign bar”, this reflects the old system in Okinawa where those bars that wanted to cater to American military had to have a special “sign” that advised that they were authorized to admit non-Japanese customers.
Owner Akiyoshi left Tokyo when he was 18 for Okinawa. After various travels and adventures (including producing a play based on the current plight of Okinawans) he ended up in Nagoya and opened Koza in 2006.
Koza is a fairly large bar by Japanese standards, and they hold live events as well. July 26th sees Kawahata Akira (Okinawa sanshin and guitar), while in September (11th and 12th) Miyage Eichi will be performing his “fusion” music (traditional Okinawan taiko + hard rock!).
As would be expected, Koza has an extensive range of Okinawa liquor, including awamori spirits and chikuwasa liquers (be warned, awamori is not for the faint hearted!). Drinks start from 600 yen, Orion beer is available.
Sign Bar Koza, Nishiki 2-5-31 B1, Naka ku, Nagoya. www.a-koza.com. Ph. 052-221-5244. Come out of exit 5 Marunouchi station, take the first on the right, and Koza is in the second block on your left hand side, just after Bar Noise. Open 18:00 to 01:00, closed Sundays. Cover charge 500 yen.