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October 2006

Traditional Craft Promotion Committee Submit the Promoting Plan for Traditional Craft Industry

30 October 2006

On October 23rd, Kyoto City received a report from the Traditional Craft Promotion Committee. The committee was established in October 2005 based on ordinances to promote Kyoto’s traditional craft industries. The members discussed how to develop Kyoto’s economy and form the local communities with traditional craft industries. Such activities are also seen to be important in spreading Japanese culture around the world. According to the report, the city will draw up a five-year plan urging companies, citizens and public organizations to promote and protect this industry. For further information, contact Kyoto City Traditional Craft Section at 075-222-3337.

Clean-up Campaign of Citizen Held

30 October 2006

Kyoto City designated November of this year as clean-up promotion month. Various events will be organized to promote city’s clean-up campaign. On November 5th, Sun., a big clean-up campaign will be held. People will gather in front of the City Hall at 10:00. After the opening ceremony, people walk around the city picking up garbage, labeling illegally parked cars, removing illegal bikes, illegal ads, etc. Free to join the campaign and no reservation necessary. Please just come to the City Hall on time. In the future, the city will organize other activities to preserve this beautiful historical city. For further information, contact Kyoto City Circulative Society Planning Section at 075-222-3464.

Action Program for Illegally-parked Bikes in the City Center

23 October 2006

On October 18th the mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Masumoto announced that illegal bike parking problems will be addressed and solved over the next five years as an action program for illegally-parked bikes. Five main projects have been outlined: public free and fee-based parking, parking manners, etc. Specifically the city will construct new bike parking at the old Seisho Elementary School at Tominokoji Rokkaku-sagaru, beneath Misayama Park at Higashinotoin Takoyakushi, and under Shinkyogoku Park at the southeast corner of Shinkyogoku Takoyakushi. These lots will be able to handle about 2,500 bicycles in total. The illegal parking zones around the city will also be expanded. For further information, contact Kyoto City Illegal-parked Bike Section at 075-222-3565.

Kyoto International Manga Museum Opened

23 October 2006

Kyoto City will open the Kyoto International Manga Museum on November 25th in cooperation with Kyoto Seika University. This is the first comprehensive manga museum in Japan. The museum has a collection of 200,000 of manga books, magazines, animations, and a wide selection of movies from Japan and the world. The collection will reach 300,000 by 2008 and will be by far the largest museum of manga in the world. It has about 140 meters long open shelves on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor. A gallery and areas specially designed for children and parents will also be available. The museum is located on the northwest of Karasuma Oike intersection, where the Tatsuike Elementary School used to be located. It will be open from 10:00-20:00 and closed on Wednesday (open if Wed. is national holiday and closed the next day). Entry is ¥500 for adults, ¥300 for high school and junior high school students, ¥100 for elementary school students. Special entry fees will be charge for special exhibitions. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Education Board at 075-222-3184.

Kyoto City Municipal Independence Memorial Celebration

16 October 2006

Kyoto City held a memorial ceremony on October 15th at Kyoto Kaikan, commemorating the election of a mayor and the foundation of a city hall on October 15th 1898. The mayor, Mr. Masumoto, made a speech at the celebration promising to develop the city such that citizens will be proud of their environment for the next 50 or 100 years. During the ceremony, people who have contributed to the city’s development were awarded. The city also praised people and groups who contributed to the city including those who supported the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra which celebrated its 50th anniversary and people who made efforts towards improving the city’s environment. In all, 710 people and 452 groups were awarded. For further information, contact Kyoto City Secretariat Section at 075-222-3066.

Terrorism and Disaster Training Exercises

16 October 2006

Kyoto City held a joint training session for terrorism and disasters near the Kyoto International Conference Hall in Takaragaike, Sakyo ward. About 550 people from Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Prefectural Police, medical institutions, Self-Defense Force, etc. participated. They practiced to rescue scenarios, first aid, emergency transportation and other training exercises based on possible bomb attack and chemical terrorism scenarios. After the training exercises, they had a meeting to review problems and to develop solutions for improving coping in terms of capacity and in terms of cooperative efficiency. For further information, contact Kyoto City Fire Department General Section at 075-212-6629.

Applications for the Japanese Culture Test for Children Accepted

9 October 2006

Kyoto City is now accepting applications for the basic test on Japanese Culture for children. This test has been created to foster richer understanding, and for the preservation and promotion of Kyoto’s rich natural, cultural and historical heritage. The test is mainly for elementary school students and junior high school students, but anyone can take it. It will be held on November 25th. The application is accepted until October 20th, Fri.. The application form is available at City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. The cost is ¥1,000. High school students, tourists and parents and children can enjoy it too. The test fee will be free if taken at school in a group. For further information, contact Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center at 075-661-3755.

Result of the Municipal Policy General Analysis of Kyoto Culture and Arts Released

9 October 2006

Kyoto City has released the result of an analysis of municipal policy. The analysis was undertaken on 3,000 citizen questionnaires distributed to people over 20 years of age in order to understand their opinions and future hopes for municipal policy. This time the theme was Kyoto Culture and Arts. The 1,201 people answered. One of the questions was ‘What is necessary to preserve daily forms of Japanese culture?’ Of the respondents, 80% of them answered that teaching children about Kyoto culture in the class or through after-school activities is important. Other question was ‘What is necessary to preserve and succeed the traditional culture?’ Over 80% of the respondents answered that organizing events that the citizen can casually join is important. The results will be used to improve the city’s municipal projects so as to make the city more attractive as cultural capital.

Fluorescent Tube Collecting Service Started

2 October 2006

From October 2006, Kyoto City has started collecting fluorescent tubes from households to proper disposal and recycling. This is a garbage disposal project that has been developed in tandem with the paid-for garbage bag system. Please bring your used fluorescent tube to participating shops (look for the sticker). Please note that the shops don’t accept broken tubes so throw them away with general garbage. For further information, contact Kyoto City Circulative Society Planning Section at 075-222-4091.

Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa

2 October 2006

On October 7th and 8th, the Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa was held. This event is organized by students who want to promote the appeals of Kyoto as an academic city. This year’s themes were ‘Dance, Music, Festival’. In the Kyoto Station Building on Oct. 7th and around Okazaki Park area on 8th, various street performances and events were held including a dance contest, a music contest, etc. Also food stalls and mini athletic festival and magic performance were enjoyed by the people. Not only the performers and participants but the visitors can enjoy together in this unique Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Project Promotion Section at 075-222-3103.

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