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September 2008

“Symposium for Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle” Held

29 September 2008

Kyoto City held an “Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle” symposium at Honen-in Temple in Sakyo ward. The city established a “Citizen’s Council to Consider Environmentally Friendly Lifestyles” last July and so far the council has discussed global warming provisions and other environmental issues.
The Mayor, Mr. Kadokawa, made a speech and some academic specialists gave lectures: Tetsuo Yamaori (religious scholar), Yasuko Tabata (principle of Kyoto Tachibana University), Fusae Kojima (chairperson of Kyoto Machiya Preservation Association). They suggested developing environmentally friendly lifestyles based on Kyoto’s culture and tradition.
Now the city is collecting opinions from citizens about how to create a more environmentally friendly society. For more information, refer to the pamphlet distributed at city hall, ward office and branch offices. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Global Warming Provision Section: Tel: 075-211-9281.

Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition “One Hundred Years in Paris” as the 50th Anniversary of Kyoto Paris Sister City Relations

22 September 2008

The Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art is currently holding a special exhibition: “One Hundred Years in Paris”. This exhibition was organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of sister city relations between Kyoto and Paris. The exhibition opening ceremony was held recently and the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa, gave a speech that officially opened the exhibition. The vice mayor of Paris, Ms. Brossel, attended the ceremony.
Paris is the first city for Kyoto to have the sister city relation. Kyoto and Paris have established an especially warm friendship in the area of culture and sports. This year, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their sister-city relationship, a special exhibition “Temple Treasures of Shokoku-ji, Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji” will be held at the Petit Palace Museum in Paris.
In the exhibition at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, about 140 art works from the modern age of France including works from the Louvre, Orsay and Petit Palace Museums will be exhibited. The exhibition will end on November 3rd. For more information regarding sister city relations, contact the Kyoto City International Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-7799; for exhibition information, contact the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art: Tel: 075-771-4107.

A New Kyoto Basketball Team Joins the bj League

15 September 2008

From next year, a new basketball team from Kyoto will join Japan’s professional basketball league, “the bj League”. Currently there are 12 teams playing in the league. The Kyoto team will join the league from October 2009 to April 2010. They will play half of their games in Kyoto.
The home of the team will be the Kyoto City Gym in Nishikyogoku. The new basketball team will bring new sport culture and business to the city. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Sports Planning Section: Tel: 075-222-4033.

Kyoto City’s Honorary Citizen Informally Decided

15 September 2008

Kyoto City has decided to award Mr. Tokindo Okada, an honorary professor of Kyoto University, the “Kyoto City Honorary Citizen” award. Mr. Okada is an internationally respected authority who succeeded in culturing the world's first lens cell first. He has made a big impact on world regenerative medicine with his work. He received the Order of Culture in 2007. Also as the chairman of Kyoto City Cultural Promotion Foundation, he has promoted Kyoto’s cultural development.
After approval from the city council, Mr. Okada will be awarded during the Kyoto City Municipality Memorial Ceremony to be held on October 15th. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Secretariat Section: Tel: 075-222-3066.

Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Drill

8 September 2008

On Spetember 1st, the Day of Disaster Prevention, Kyoto City held a disaster prevention drill at Arashiyama East Park and other locations in Nishikyo Ward. Through practical drills, participants including groups and local people experienced how they might react in an emergency situation.
About 6,000 people joined the drill from Kyoto City, the police force, the Self Defense Forces, the local fire department and voluntary groups. They assumed they had a large scale epicentral earthquake, and practiced providing food and water, fire extinction services, rescue trials, information communication, evacuation, etc.
In the end, the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Daisaku Kadokawa made a speech and said, “The city will cooperate with local citizens and disaster prevention organizations to improve Kyoto’s capacity for disaster prevention” For further information, contact the Fire Department General Section: Tel: 075-212-6629.

“Kyoto Machikado Session regarding Bicycles”

1 September 2008

On August 25th, 2008, Kyoto City held the “Kyoto Machikado Session regarding Bicycles” at Zest Oike. Though bicycles are an environmentally friendly transportation, illegal bicycle parking causes a lot of problems in the city. The session will be held 7 times until December this year and citizens can freely discuss bicycle transportation matters in the city.
It was the third session and companies and specialists related to the bicycle transportation made speeches and gave lectures on how to improve Kyoto’s bicycle transportation situation. After the speeches and lecture, people actively exchanged opinions. When the session was finished, opinions were collected for submission to the city council. The next session will be held on September 25th, at 14:30 at Zest Oike. No reservation is required and entry is free of charge. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Bicycle Section: Tel: 075-222-3565.

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