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December 2008


Awarding Ceremony of the “Kyoto City Excellent Outside Advertisement Award”

28 December 2008

On the December 17, Kyoto City held an award ceremony for “Kyoto City Excellent Outside Advertisement Award”. It is based on the city’s new law regarding outdoor scenery which was introduced in September 2007. The ceremony awarded excellence in outside advertisements which play an important role in the city’s scenery creation.
From 73 citizen applicants, Lawson Yasaka Shrine shop received the top award. Its shop sign associated using traditional lanterns and a façade similar to the wooden lattice structure of machiya townhouses was highly evaluated. In addition, 11 other shops and offices received awards for their exterior advertisements that blend well with Kyoto’s historical scenery.
As a special privilege, the award winning advertisements will only have to renew their contract every 6 years instead of every 3 years. To keep Kyoto’s beautiful and historical scenery for the long future, the city will promote a wide range of projects. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Scenery Section: Tel: 075-222-3474.

“Kyoto Future Machi-zukuri Plan (temporary)” Designed

22 December 2008

Kyoto City has designed a “Kyoto Future Machi-zukuri Plan” which will be the compass for the city’s municipal management for next 4 years.
The plan aims to promote cooperation with citizens to achieve better city creation.
Although in the severe economical circumstances, the city is trying hard to promote better municipal management: “smiles for children, dreams for young people, security and purpose of life for old people”.
Currently, the city is collecting opinions from citizens about “Kyoto Future Machi-zukuri Plan (temporary)”. Please refer to the pamphlet (available at Kyoto City Hall, ward offices and branch offices) or website and send your opinion by January 13, 2009.
Kyoto City will keep making effort to make the city more comfortable city. In the late January, the collected opinions will be gathered and will make a report. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Municipal Planning Section: Tel: 075-222-3035.

“Miyako Universal Design Award” Awarding Ceremony

14 December 2008

On December 6 and 7, Kyoto City held the “Fuku Fuku Festa”. This event was organized to let people understand better about physically challenged people and provides a chance to communicate with them. During the event, the awarding ceremony for the “Miyako Universal Design Award” was held. The awards were presented to people or people with ideas that actively promote “Universal Design” for a better living environment.
One of the awarded ideas out of a total of 200 applicants was “Braille playing cards”. This is a card game that small children and old people can play together. For adults, a sports-leisure vehicle called the “Uni Vehicle” was awarded. It is a unique device that everyone (with/without physical problems, regardless of age, etc.) can enjoy using. Another idea was called the “M3-M Cube” which is a multilingual medical care support system which helps foreigners communicate with doctors without language problems.
Kyoto City will keep promoting universal designs for a better city environment for everyone. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Medical and Welfare Section: Tel: 075-222-3366.

Kyomono Machinaka Museum Opened

7 December 2008

Kyoto City opened the Kyomono Machinaka Museum on the underground passage under the Shijo Street.
Every day about 67,000 people walk through the aisle near the Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. This makes it the perfect place to display Kyoto’s traditional crafts for tourists and local people during the autumn sightseeing season and Christmas season.
73 kinds of Kyoto’s traditional crafts (Nishijin textile, Yuzen dyed textile, Kyoto or Kiyomizu ceramics, etc.) are displayed in a 50-meter-long show window between Kawaramachi and Shinkyogoku.
The show window is divided into 20 sections and each section show a different kind of machiya townhouse structure or feature (entrance, living room, alcove, front lattice, etc.). There is also a tsubo-niwa court yard garden.
The display is available until December 23rd, between 6:00 and 23:35. Enjoy walking watching beautiful traditional art of Kyoto. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traditional Industry Section: Tel: 075-222-3337.


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