Your Nagoya Community Needs You!

ByBert Wishart
Apr 30, 2020

Your Nagoya Community Needs You!

Whether lockdown-induced boredom, sick to the back teeth with work from home ‘colleagues,’ or having already watched so much NETFLIX that there is nothing left but Adam Sandler movies, we are all suffering to some extent at the hands of the COVID-19.

Perhaps those hardest hit in Nagoya’s expat community (those who have been physically stricken by the disease aside, of course) are the small business owners, as customers rightly stay at home and isolate. To ensure that they are still there for us to enjoy when the curve is finally flattened, and we return to something resembling normal, it is vital that we, as a community, do our best to support them.

Below are a few ‘gaijin’-run companies that you can get behind.


Nagoya’s finest purveyors of craft beers, Hopbuds has some of the best brews from Japan and America personally selected by Jamie, and that lad knows his suds. Essentially a bottle shop in which you can hang out and drink, it’s the go-to spot for craft beer heads, both expat and local alike.

While they are currently open as usual (at the time of writing) they are encouraging people to buy online for delivery anywhere in Japan or takeaway. For online or takeaway orders of 5,000 JPY, customers can receive a 10 percent discount. However, this promotion may change as the situation alters. To stay up to date with sales or new promotions, click ‘follow’ on their Facebook or Instagram.

Where: 17-26 Fujimicho, Naka Ward (map)
Instagram: hopbudsnagoya

Korean Riyori Hana

If you follow me on Facebook, then you may recognize the name from my post a few months back as being the best Korean restaurant in town, a fact confirmed by a group of mates I brought for a nomikai not long after.

Run by Chris from America and his Korean wife’s family, Hana is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:oo, including Golden Week. Everything on their menu is available for takeout – either call ahead or just drop by – and Uber Eats. Every Friday, the amazing Korean fried chicken is almost half price! 

Where: 2 Chome-13-19 Kamimaezu, Naka Ward (map)

Queen’s Healthy Diner

Although it has closed its doors to diners, Nagoya’s favorite vegetarian and vegan restaurant is continuing to serve the community with a freshly made-to-order bento delivery service from 12:00 to 23:00. There is a wide selection of bento to choose from, including Mexican Grill, Sushi, Tonkatsu, Karage, Curry Katsu, and much more…

However, if you want to go for something from their regular menu, you can do so as long as you get your order in 24 hours in advance. You can order by mail or on the phone, they accept cash or Pay-Pay, and if you request two or more dishes, the delivery fee of 300 JPY will be waived. For full details, check out their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Where: 15-9 Taberu Terrace Sakae 1st floor store 3 Sakae, Naka-Ku 4-chome (map)
Instagram: queenshealthydiner

Phone: 0522633967
Email: – With your order, include the following details: Name: Address: Phone Number: Order and quantity: Desired delivery time:

Coat of Arms

Nagoya’s one and only Commonwealth themed bar has been serving the expat community since 2013 with great food and drink from around the world. Coat of Arms was one of the first places to take the Corona situation seriously and has offered a special take out menu for months.

At the moment, they are open for weekday lunch, take away, and delivery. For weekends they are only doing takeaway and delivery (11:30 to 20:00, last orders 19:00). They are offering a 20 percent discount for any food item for take-away, and the entire menu is tax included for deliveries. They even have a web system that accepts credit card payments, so you can order from home and not have to worry about any cash exchange upon delivery.

Where: 2 Chome-6-12 Nishiki, Naka Ward (map)
Instagram: coanagoya

Midtown BBQ

Thanks to Robb’s unique BBQ rub blend and his attention to smoking detail, Midtown BBQ has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and not only have they opened a second branch in Yokohama, but their barbecue sauce is now available in Costco.

They are currently open all day for takeout, delivery (Uber), and limited eat-in spaced out seating. Opening times are Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 to 22:00, as well as Friday and Saturday from 11:30 to 24:00.

And not only that, but we at JIS have an EXCLUSIVE scoop. From June, they will be relocating to a fantastic new spot just along the river with patio dining. Keep an eye on their social media for further details!

Where: Naka Ward, Nishiki, 1 Chome−16−10 (map)
Instagram: midtownbbqnagoya


MBprints is Nagoya’s only textiles and t-shirt print shop that offers native English and Japanese support for clients who want a service that they can trust. MBprints do all of their printing in-house by hand, which means that their service is of the highest quality, implemented with the greatest of care, and they can modify orders as necessary.

With a fast turn-around time of 10 business days, you can receive your order faster than other print shops, with most deliveries to Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Gifu, Nagano, and Nagoya arriving within 24 hours of dispatch. Right now, MBprints are providing special offers, including Band & DJ shirt campaigns, College club shirts, and many others; simply check on their Facebook page or send them an email for further details.

Where: Kopo, 1F, 3-90 Nakamurahonmachi, Honmachi Nakamura Ward (map)
Instagram: mbprints_tshirt_printshop



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Bert Wishart editor

Novelist, copywriter and graduate from the most prestigious university in Sunderland, Bert whiles away his precious time on this Earth by writing about popular culture, travel, food and pretty much anything else that is likely to win him the Pulitzer he desperately craves.