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October 2010

“UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle Support Member Donation” Accepted Kyoto City Needs Funds for a Full Scale Renovation
4 October, 2010

Kyoto City will start a full scale renovation of Nijo Castle next year and is now accepting “UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle Support Member Donations.”
This is the first full scale renovation of the castle since its completion in 1603 (commissioned by Ieyasu Tokugawa). The renovation will take about 20 years and during that time all of the castle’s historical buildings will be repaired and renovated.
Depending on the amount donated, donors will be able to get a pass to enter the castle for a certain period of time. Donors will also be able to enter places that are usually closed to the public.
For more information on how to donate and other information, get a pamphlet at Nijo Castle, city hall, ward offices and branch offices or visit the city’s website.
Nijo Castle houses many cultural properties including National Treasures and the renovation will require a lot of money and time. The city hopes to receive generous support from its citizens.

For more information, contact the Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center: Tel: 075-661-3755, Fax: 075-661-5855.

[Privileges of Donors]
Over 10,000 yen
Over 50,000 yen
Over 100,000 yen
Over 1,000,000 yen
Entry pass (free of charge to enter the castle)
1 year
5 years
10 years
Right to join the lottery to be a one-day Castle master (once for every 10,000 yen donated)
*Lot drawing takes place every 6 months (for 10 pairs; 20 people)
One-dayCastle master
(2 people per 1 million yen)
Commemorative gift
Special decorative folding fan
Special sticker

Vaccination for Influenza Started
12 October, 2010

Vaccination for influenza are now available at medical facilities in the city.
Basically this term, the city offers a combination vaccine for new types of influenza and seasonal influenza.
The vaccination costs 1,500 yen for people over 65 and people between 60 and 65 with heart, kidney or respiratory disorders. Other people have to pay the full expense. The price varies depending on the facility.
Exemptions are offered to households which receive tax exemptions from the city and the prefecture but application is necessary. People over 65 and people with exemptions have to get their vaccination by January 31, 2011. One vaccination is required except for children under 13 who require two.

Please apply at your nearest medical facility to get the vaccination. Some facilities don’t offer the vaccination service. For more information, call the Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center: Tel: 075-661-3755, Fax: 075-661-5855.

Speech Makers for the Coming-of Age Day and “Congratulations & Thank You” Letters Wanted
18 October, 2010

Kyoto City will hold a commemoration ceremony for Coming-of-Age Day on January 10, 2011. The city is currently looking for representatives to make Coming-of-Age speeches.
Applicants should be celebrating their Coming-of-Age in 2011. About 4 people will be selected from the applicants who can start to write the speech in November.
Also participant “Thank You” letters to their family and “Congratulation” letter from family members and friends are being accepted.
The Coming-of-Age ceremony is once-in-a-life memory. The city hopes that this special day will be an opportunity to express gratitude and determination.
Applications are accepted by the method outlined below. Speech applications will be accepted until October 29, 2010 and the letters will be accepted until November 5, 2010.

How to apply
Send mail, fax or email to the Women & Youth Section of the Kyoto City Education Board (Moto Seisho Elementary School, Tominokoji Rokkaku-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8064).
Tel: 075-251-0445, Fax: 075-251-0449, Email:

Necessary information
Speech addresser: name of the project, address, name, birthday, sex, telephone number, motive for applying, speech content
Letters: name of the project, address, name, birthday, telephone number, content of the letter (about 600 characters)

For more information, contact the Women & Youth Section of the Kyoto City Education Board: Tel: 075-251-0445, Fax: 075-251-0449.

Ceremony Held to Commemorate the Establishment of Kyoto as a Municipality
25 October, 2010

Motivated to support their own local government, the citizens of Kyoto actively engaged in a movement to seek the right of self-government and, on October 15, 1898, they finally elected their first mayor, and opened Kyoto City Hall. Every year, a ceremony is held on the October 15 at Kyoto Kaikan Hall in Okazaki, Sakyo ward, to commemorate the founding of the municipality.
At the beginning of the ceremony this year, the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa made a speech and noted, “Kyoto is one of the most precious cities in the world. I feel that the unique qualities of our city have been achieved because of the support we have always received from our citizens.”
After the speech, the Kyoto Medal of Honor was given to Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University who made a large contribution in the regeneration medical field by developing ips cells for the first time in world.
Also the Special Achievement Awards were awarded to the late Shigeo Iwasawa and Mr. Tetsuo Yamaori. In total, 748 people and 336 groups were honored for their achievements and contributions including “Walking City, Kyoto” and the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship with Boston.

For further information, contact the Kyoto City Secretariat Section: Tel: 075-222-3066

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