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January 2008

Tozai Subway Line Extension Memorial Ceremony Held

21 January 2007

Kyoto City held a memorial ceremony on January 15th to celebrate the completion of the extension of the Tozai subway line on the next day (from Nijo Station to Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station). At the beginning of the ceremony, the mayor, Mr. Masumoto, gave a speech. He said, ‘I believe that the extension of the subway system will contribute significantly to the vitalization of the western area of the city.’ The ceremony was held at Nijo Station.
The city extended the subway system by a distance of 2.4 kilo meters. Two new stations were established: Nishioji Oike and Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station. The entire Tozai subway line run from the first station in the east (Rokujizo) to the last in the west (Uzumasa Tenjingawa) takes about 35 minutes. It takes 8 minutes from Karasuma Oike to Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station. The Keihan Keishin line also started to provide service on the same line. Previously, the service only went to Kyoto Shiyakushomae Station. As a result, Uzumasa Tenjingawa is directly connected with Hamaotsu (Shiga prefecture). Another station, Randen Tenjingawa Station, will be completed near Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station in March and will help to move tourists move efficiently to the very popular areas of Arashiyama and Sagano. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau: Tel: 075-822-9115.

Kyoto City Fire Department New Year Ceremony 2008

21 January 2007

Kyoto City’s fire department held a New Year ceremony on January 11th at Kyoto Kaikan Hall (Okazaki, Sakyo ward). In this annual event prayers are said to reduce the chance of fire and protect the lives of citizens. The staff performance was impressive. About 3,000 people, including fire department staff members and citizens participated in the event this year.
The mayor, Mr. Masumoto, made a speech at the ceremony. ‘It is an important mission for all of us to protect beautiful, historical Kyoto from disasters so that it can be enjoyed in the same way by future generations.’ Following this fire prevention, volunteer organizations held a parade. Some other events were held as well: dance performance, fire extinguishing practice, rescue drills for high buildings, pumping water with pumps, etc. An earthquake experience corner and household fire alarm exhibition corner were also set up. Many people learned about the importance of disaster prevention at this event. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Fire Department: Tel: 075-212-6623.

New Ukyo Ward Office Building and Ukyo Ward Local Gym to Open in March

15 January 2007

On Jan. 4th, the mayor, Mr. Masumoto, announced at a New Year’s press conference that a new building, Sansa Ukyo, near Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station, will be completed in the late February. The building will be the new home of the Ukyo ward office (citizens section, welfare section and health section) and the local gym of Ukyo ward. The new facilities will be open to the public in March 2008. Construction of Sansa Ukyo began when the extension of the Tozai subway line was completed. The new section of the subway opened on January 16th, 2008. The health section will start operations from March 10, and the citizens' section and welfare section will open on March 17th. The gym will open on March 24th. Randen railway’s new station, Randen Tenjingawa Station, and a bicycle and motor scooter parking lot will also open in the late March. A new library facility will open in June. Mr. Masumoto spoke about his hopes for the future in his speech, saying, ‘I have little time left in my term, but I will do my best to improve this beautiful city until my final day in office.’ For further information about the new ward office building, contact the Kyoto City Ward Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3048. For information about the local gym, contact the Kyoto City Sports Planning Section: Tel: 075-222-4033.

Kyoto City Sports Award Given to 73 Individuals and 19 Groups

15 January 2007

Kyoto City held its annual Kyoto City Sports Award ceremony recently. This annual ceremony is held to honor people who are outstanding in their athletic field or organizations that have contributed significantly to the promotion of sports in Kyoto. Six people, including Ai Aoki and Chisa Kobayashi, who won the Silver Medal in the World Swimming Championships (held in March 2007) for their great synchronized swimming performance, were awarded the Sports Honor Award. Other people or groups were awarded the Special Sport Award and Sport Award. After the ceremony, the mayor, Mr. Masumoto, made a speech. He said, ‘I would like to convey my deepest respect to those people and organizations who received awards today. I hope you will continue to provide inspiration and excitement to the people of this city.’ In all, 73 individuals and 19 groups were honored for their achievements. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Sports Promotion Section at 075-222-4088.

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