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October 2007

‘Enjoy Walking in the City’ Pilot Program Held

29 October 2007

Kyoto City held an ‘Enjoy Walking in the City’ pilot program between October 5th and 14th. During the program, with understanding and cooperation from the local citizens and business operators, the sidewalks of Shijo Street were doubled and only taxis and buses were allowed on the road. Some streets crossing Shijo Street were also closed to cars. A large free bicycle parking space was created for about 2,100 bicycles and illegally parked bicycles were taken away from the streets.
The 100-yen circulative bus service was increased to provide priority for walkers and public transportation. This program is one of the most important municipal policies that the city is working on. The city will collect the results and opinions about the pilot program and discuss them over the next 3 years. We hope to have cooperation and understanding from the people in the city. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Policy Promotion Section at 075-222-3483.

‘Kyoto Downtown Tourist Information Center’ Opened in Seven-Eleven Convenience Stores and Starbucks

29 October 2007

Kyoto City will open the ‘Kyoto Downtown Tourist Information Center’ from October 31st. The number of tourists visiting Kyoto has been increasing and it is necessary to provide more detailed and diverse information. With the cooperation of Seven-Eleven convenience stores and Starbucks Coffee, these tourist information centers have been set up to introduce Kyoto highlights and provide basic information.
Tourist can get local tourist information and traffic information at 118 Seven-Elevens and 14 Starbucks outlets, pamphlets and maps are also available. These shops are open everyday and easy-to-find. To achieve the city’s goal (to welcome 50 million tourists a year), the city will make further efforts to provide visitors with more convenience. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Promotion Section at 075-222-4133.

Commemoration of the City’s Autonomy

22 October 2007

On October 15th, the commemoration ceremony of the city’s autonomy was held at Kyoto Kaikan, in Okazaki, Sakyo Ward. At the beginning, the mayor, Mr. Masumoto said in his speech, ‘I would like to express my gratitude and respect to the people who have largely contributed to the city’s development. It is my pleasure to award those people with a certificate of the gratitude today.’
After the speech, honorary citizen certifications were given to three people: Shigeyama Shime and Shigeyama Sensaku, masters of kyogen theatre, and Setouchi Jakucho, a famous Buddhist nun and novelist.
Next, some people and groups received the city’s special contribution awards: Murata Junichi, the late Kawai Hayao, and other people who are related to the city’s new scenery preservation promotion activity and the 50-year-long development of the Kyoto City Junior Children’s Choir, etc. In total, 759 people and 306 groups were awarded.
Shigeyama and Setouchi attended the press conference. Shigeyama said, ‘I have lived for 88 years until today only to develop my kyogen performance. It is my great honor that I was awarded for my long efforts.’ Setouchi said, ‘I have lived in Kyoto all my life but never expected to receive such a great award. I am now 85 years old and very happy today to receive it.’ For further information, contact the Kyoto City Secretariat Section at 075-222-3066.

Kyoto Yancha Festa 2007

15 October 2007

Kyoto City held the Kyoto Yancha Festa 2007 on October 27th, 2007 at Umekoji Park (Omiya Shichijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku). On that day, pictures painted by children, street performances, free market and other fun events were organized. Admission was free of charge. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Family Welfare Section at 075-251-2380.

Kyo-mono Fan Club 2008 Members Wanted

9 October 2007

From October 19th, Kyoto City started to accept membership applications for the Kyo-mono Fan Club 2008. Club members can enjoy many privileges, for example, discounts at traditional craft shops, hotels, ryokans, Kyoto cuisine restaurants and other tourist spots. The members are also given free tickets to traditional events. The annual membership cost is 1,000 yen. Application forms are available at Kyoto City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traditional Craft Section at 075-222-3337.

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