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May 2007

Comprehensive Sewage Disposal System Developed for Northern Kyoto

28 May 2007

Kyoto City has announced that it will develop a comprehensive sewage disposal system and environmentally-designed household waste septic tanks in the northern part of the city. The system will provide a clean environment for rural households that are not directly linked to Kyoto’s main sewage pipe system as well as improve the water quality of tourist destinations like Ohara, Kurama, Takao, etc. A 53-km long sewage pipe will be constructed to link Ohara, Kurama and Shizuhara in Sakyo ward and Takao in Ukyo ward by March 2015. The sewage will be cleaned at the Toba Water Environment Center. For areas not be covered by this new sewage system, the city is recommending household septic tanks which clean used water with microbes. The city will subsidize the cost of these tanks. To goal is to clean all household water in the entire city area, including all outlying rural areas. At the same time, a simple water supply system is being promoted in mountainous areas. It will be finished by March 2009. The city is intent on creating a clean environment for all its citizens. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Comprehensive Project Promotion Section at 075-222-3176.

G8 Foreign Ministers' Meeting 2008 to be Held in Kyoto

28 May 2007

The G8 Foreign Minister’s Meeting will be held in Kyoto in 2008. The Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Masumoto, has expressed very clearly what a great honor this is for the city. He added that Kyoto is the home of Japanese spirit and a city where multiple cultures coexist, and that the G8 meeting will be an excellent opportunity to introduce, in cooperation with Kyoto citizens, the beauty and depth of Japanese culture to the world. The G8 Foreign Minister’s Meeting is one of the world’s most important international meetings. During the meeting, Kyoto will extend a very warm welcome many very important individuals, foreign ministers and members of the international press. Kyoto’s beautiful scenery and rich tradition of history and culture will briefly become the focus of news stories all over the world. The city is now preparing to create a perfect reception for the honored guests of this important meeting. All citizens are now being asked to make an extra special effort to welcome guests from all over the world. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Municipal Planning Section at 075-222-3035.

Employment Test for Kyoto City Staff and Public School Teachers

21 May 2007

The first employment test for city staff will be held on June 24th and a test for the public school teachers will be held between July 14th and 23rd. Applications are available at city hall, ward offices and branch offices and must be submitted by the deadline. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Personnel Section at 075-213-2156 or the Kyoto City Teacher Section at 075-222-3781.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Exhibition: ‘Depicting Words in Art’

21 May 2007

At the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, in Okazaki Sakyo ward, a special exhibition ‘Depicting Words in Art’ will be held from May 25th to July 1st. The museum is closed on Mondays. It is open from 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) on other days. The exhibition includes famous works by Japanese artists such as Takeuchi Seiho, Kanokogi Takeshiro, Kondo Yuzo, etc. The entry fee is ¥400 for people over 18 and ¥200 for elementary and junior high school students. Kyoto elementary and junior high school students can enter for free. For further information, contact the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art at 075-771-4107.

‘Kyoto Kodomo Joho-kan’ Opens

14 May 2007

Kyoto City has opened a new website for children called the ‘Kyoto Kodomo Joho-kan’. The website was designed to get children more interested in Kyoto and its municipal system. The site text is all easy-to-under Japanese so that even elementary school students can understand. The site also has search tool so that students can find specific information they are interested in. A child avatar guide kids through the site and there are many fun pages for students, including a Kyoto word quiz corner, and interesting information about a day in the life of City Hall staff workers. A wide range of Kyoto information (geography, population, history, information about each of the city’s wards, world heritage sites, public facilities, street names, etc.) is also available on the site. Both children and adults can enjoy learning about Kyoto through this website. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Publicity Section at 075-222-3094.

Kyoto City Citizen Charter Themes and Goals Decided

14 May 2007

A Promotion Assembly for the Kyoto City Citizen Charter was held on the April 24th. The charter was enacted in 1956 by citizens as a model for ideal citizen attitudes towards making Kyoto a more beautiful city. It has played an important role since then. In the assembly, after the general overview of the previous year, this year’s promotion themes and practical goals were discussed. The theme for this year is ‘Develop a bright city future – to make Kyoto more attractive’. The five practical goals are:
  • To get rid of garbage and bicycles on the streets.
  • To be environmental friendly with ‘no waste’.
  • To establish a safe and comfortable community for all people in Kyoto.
  • To preserve valuable historical scenery, traditions, and cultural assets.
  • To welcome domestic and international visitors with warm hospitality.
Kyoto City is working hard to develop Kyoto into a more beautiful and attractive city for all citizens. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Publicity Section at 075-222-3094.

Nursing Care Day

7 May 2007

May 12th is Nursing Care Day. It was on this day that Florence Nightingale was born. She is considered to be the mother of modern nursing care. On June 12th (Tue.) 2007, a Nursing Care Day event will be held from 13:00 at PORTA, the basement shopping mall under Kyoto Station. On this day, citizens will receive free brief medical checks, health consultations, and event goods, etc. The event is free. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Local Medication Section at 075-222-3422.

Kyoto Takigi Noh Performance

7 May 2007

On June 1st (Fri.) and 2nd (Sat.) 2007, Kyoto’s annual Takigi Noh performance will be held outdoors by firelight at Heian Shrine. The Kanze Kongo and Okura schools will perform noh performances and kyogen comic plays, respectively. They will perform Arashiyama, Yuki, Fukitori and Ukai on the first night, and Himuro, Matsukaze, Kirokuda and Shakkyou on the second night. Tickets are ¥2,500 in advance and ¥3,000 at the gate. Tickets are available at Heian Shrine and other places in the city. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Culture and Art Planning Section at 075-222-4105.

Tozai Subway Line Will Be Extended in 2008

1 May 2007

Extension construction for the Tozai subway line will be completed in January 2008. This is 2 months earlier than the original plan. Two new stations, Nishioji Oike Station and Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station, will be added. The new line’s total distance, from the east end to the west end (Uzumasa Tenjingawa and Rokujizo) can be covered in 35 minutes. From downtown Kyoto’s Karasuma Oike stop to the western end of the line (Uzumasa Tenjingawa) only takes 8 minutes. Construction is currently in its final stage. A test run will be conducted in July. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau Express Train Line Section at 075-822-9176.

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