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April 2007

Public Opening of the Toba Water Environment Maintenance Center

23 April 2007

The Toba Water Environment Maintenance Center, in Minami ward, is open to the public on April 28th, Sat. and 29th Sun., 2007. It is open from 10:00 to 16:00 (entry until 15:30). The 120-meter-long wisteria garden and center facilities are open to the public for free. Other interesting events will be organized. A free shuttle bus service is available between Hachijo-guchi exit of Kyoto Station and the center. For further information, call Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center at 075-661-3755.

Marrow Donor Registry

23 April 2007

A marrow donor registry was held on April 25th 2007, from 10:00 to 15:00 at the Asahi Plaza Shimotoba shop, in Shimotoba, Fushimi ward. The registry is held every Thursday in the blood donation center, 6F of the Keihan Kyoto Building (Karasuma Shichijo-sagaru Higashi-gawa, Shimogyo ward) from 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00. Donors must be healthy and between 18 and 54 years old. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Health Promotion Section at 075-222-3424.

Location Information Notification System Started

16 April 2007

From April, Kyoto City has put into place a ‘Location Information System Notification System’ for 119 emergency calls from mobile phone or IP phones. Using a GPS system embedded in the recent mobile phones which can specify the location of the transmitter, the system can roughly let authorities know where the emergency call is being transmitted from. When the person calls 119, the location information is automatically transmitted to the fire department office and appears on a special receiving terminal. This is a very useful system for rescue staff to specify a location especially when a person can’t talk or doesn’t know where he/she is. For further information, contact the Fire Department at 075-212-6629.

Shimogyo Junior High School Opened

16 April 2007

On April 3rd 2007, Shimogyo Junior High School opened. It was newly constructed on the old site of the Shotoku Junior High School and five other junior high schools (Ikubun, Seitoku, Shotoku, Kaizan and Baikei) were merged into the new school. The new school is Japan’s largest junior high school. The new building has 3 stories with some aspects of traditional style modeled on Kyoto’s machiya townhouse architecture. All the classrooms have air conditioners and the school has several multi media rooms with library facilities and computers. The school has also been very innovative in its approach to education, for example, having 7 classes a day, a ‘Saturday School’ program, and special instruction about Kyoto culture/history and others. All these initiatives are considered to be pioneering efforts in Japan. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Educational Association Board at 075-371-2009.

Flower and Green Fair Held

9 April 2007

On April 21st (Sat.) and 22nd (Sun.), the Flower and Green Fair was held at the Miyako Messe in Okazaki, Sakyo ward from 9:30 to 17:00 on 21st, 10:00 to 16:00 on 22nd. Several events were organized on both days including the exhibition and sale of flower and plants, kingyo carp catching, a flower arrangement contest, etc. Admission is free. Free plant seedlings were distributed for free to the first 500 people and lottery tickets were distributed to 3,000 people on both days. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Agriculture Promotion Section at 075-222-3352.

Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing Boat Ride

2 April 2007

A fantastic boat ride along the Biwako Canal in the Okazaki area in Higashyama ward has been organized over the past few years. On the boat ride, participants can enjoy cherry blossom viewing and fresh green leaves. The boats are known as Jukkoku-bune. The boats depart from the Lake Biwa Canal Memorial Museum near Nanzen-ji Temple and go to the Ebisugawa Dam. The route is about 3 kilometers long and takes about 25 minutes to cover in these boats. Along the route, participants can see the Kyoto Municipal Museum, the giant torii shrine gate of Heian Shrine, Miyako Messe, etc. The boat ride is available until May 6th, Sunday 2007, between 9:30 and 16:30. The boat departs every 15 minutes. Tickets are 1,000 yen for people over 18 and 500 yen for children (6-15 years old). The service may be cancelled in the case of bad weather. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Promotion Section at 075-222-4133.

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