New Municipal Policy about Preserving and Recreating Historical Scenery Released
27 November 2006
Kyoto City has released a new municipal policy about preserving and recreating its historical scenery. A special committee has discussed these matters since July 2005 and recently submitted their final report. Based on this report, the city has made a new plan. The plan has the following core projects: 1) to make the regulation stricter on the height of buildings in historical areas and near the mountains ringing Kyoto on three sides; 2) to make the regulation stricter on the building designs around World Heritage Sites; 3) to preserve observatory scenery behind historical sites; 4) to make regulations stricter for outdoor advertising. The city is accepting feedback from citizens regarding these projects until December 28th, 2006. Based on the results, the city will make further improvements that will be announced next year. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Scenery Planning Section at 075-222-3397.
Kyoto Okoshiyasu College Opens
27 November 2006
In December 2006, Kyoto City will open the Kyoto Okoshiyasu College. This new tourism project is part of the city’s plan to attract more than 50 million visitors to Kyoto each year. The entire city will be regarded as one big campus where people can learn about traditional cultures, historical heritages, crafts, etc. There are about 40 programs in 7 different categories that will be offered such as: ‘Kyoto Traditional Culture ’, ‘Kyoto Food Culture’, etc. Specialists in each field will give lectures and take participants to various places in the city. Details are available at Kyoto City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Promotion Section at 075-222-4133.
‘Kyo Mono Fun Club’ 2007 Members Accepted
20 November 2006
Kyoto City is now accepting the membership for 2007 for the ‘Kyo Mono Fan Club’. Members will experience and learn about traditional crafts of Kyoto. An original member card and regular newsmagazine will be provided. Also members can enjoy about 240 special privileges including discounts at hotels, inns, restaurants, shops, and discount ticket for traditional performance, etc. The member ship is valid from April 1st 2007 to March 31st 2008. It costs 1,000 yen for a year. The application and post office payment forms are available at Kyoto City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. This is a great chance to enjoy the many worlds of Kyoto crafts. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traditional Craft Section at 075-222-3337.
Advertisement Promotion Campaign on City Buses and Subways Started
20 November 2006
Kyoto City has started an advertisement promotion campaign on city buses and subways. The city receives about 1 billion yen in income from such advertising. By the end of March 2009, the city wants to increase to that amount by 10% to 1.1 billion yen. To that end, a new pamphlet which includes sales point advantages and ad fees is now being created. A special promotion team made up of executives from the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau will visit companies and universities to promote the campaign. Some other projects are also being planned. These include advertising opportunities on Trafica Kyo Cards (pre-paid bus and subway cards) and event rental space in subway stations. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau at 075-822-9107.
Plan for Promoting Traditional Crafts Completed
13 November 2006
Kyoto City has designed a plan for promoting traditional crafts. The plan includes ideas that the city will bring out by 2011 to promote traditional crafts. The items are based on an ordinance that was enacted in October 2005. Private companies, citizens and public organizations are being enlisted to meet the goals of the project. Six major project groups (which are further broken down into 40 smaller projects) have been planned. One of them is the Kyoto Kirameki Challenge which supports public projects related to traditional crafts. In addition, the plan introduces a new concept domestically and internationally: ‘enjoy the slow life of Kyoto through real craft traditions’. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traditional Craft Section at 075-222-3337.
Free Garbage Bag Distribution the Elderly and Mothers with Babies in Diapers
13 November 2006
Kyoto City will provide the paid-for garbage bag for free for the household which is provided free paper diapers from the city as one of the members are elderly people or severely and need paper diaper every day. Also the household who has a new born baby will receive the free garbage bag too. From October 2006, the city introduces the paid-for garbage bag system to reduce the amount of garbage from the households. However, the family who has a new born baby or person who needs nursing care will have more garbage than other families because of the paper diapers. Based on the opinions from the city council, the city newly made this system. The household who apply to this situation will received the notice from the city from the late November. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Cleaning Promotion Section at 075-222-3461.
Park & Ride Campaign
6 November 2006
Kyoto City is now considering several ways to overcome traffic problems, especially during the peak tourist season around famous popular locations. One of them is Park & Ride Campaign which asks tourists coming by car on the two peak weekends, November 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th, to park the car at major stations. Temporary car parks have been set up at these stations: Kuinabashi Stn., Kintetsu Kamitobaguchi Stn., JR Tambaguchi Stn, Keifuku Sanjoguchi Stn. and Keifuku Kaikonoyashiro Stn. The car parks are open from 9:00 to 18:00, with entry until 14:00. In addition to those four days, car parks will be open on the 23rd (a national holiday) at Kuinabashi Stn., Kintetsu Kamitobaguchi Stn., Keifuku Sanguchi Stn. and Keifuku Kaikonoyashiro Stn. The car parks are free of charge. In addition to the Park & Ride campaign, temporary traffic regulation will be in effect in Arashiyama (the street north and south of Togetsu-kyo Bridge will be one way streets). Also in Higashiyiama, car park information and a shuttle bus service will be provided. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Project Section at 075-222-3483.
Meeting of World Historical Cities and Assembly and Board Meeting of the League of Historical Cities
6 November 2006
The mayor, Mr. Masumoto, and the delegate of the city attended the meeting of World Historical Cities and assembly and board meeting of the League of Historical cities, held in Ballarat, Australia. They showed the city’s latest policies to promote historical cities. This is the 10th worldwide meeting for historical cities. This year’s them was ‘Sustainable Historical Cities: Economics, Preservation and Vision for the Future’. Various ideas and opinions were exchanged regarding the simple and not-so-simple problems and situations that historical cities have in common. In the meeting, Mr. Masumoto, the chairman of the league, made a presentation titled ‘Recreation in the Historical Central Area of Kyoto’. He talked about how the city is promoting the preservation of historical scenery. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Internationalization Promotion Section at 075-222-3072.