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May 2010

Kyoto’s Local Vegetable Farmers Markets Reopened: “Toki Machi Shoku”
6 May 2010

Kyoto City recently reopened farmer's market stands (“Toki Machi Shoku”) at Uzumasa Tenjingawa, Tono, Nijojo-mae and Kitaoji subway stations.
The city believes that buying and eating seasonal local products promotes sustainable and ecological dining for Kyoto citizens.
These farm stands offer fresh seasonal vegetables grown by local farmers including spring cabbage and Kyoto takenoko (bamboo shoots). Pamphlet introducing nutrition facts of seasonal vegetables and recipes is also distributed.
The farm stands will be open from 11:00 to 18:00, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays until July 31st. Stands may close earlier if vegetables are sold out.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Agriculture Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3352.

Traffica Kyoto Card New Kinkauk-ji Temple & Ginkaku-ji Temple Design Released
6 May 2010

Kyoto City recently released newly designed Traffica Kyoto Cards. Traffica Kyoto Card is a useful pre-paid card which is valid on city subway lines and bus services. Four new card designs have been released featuring Kinkaku-ji Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple and calligraphy by Raitei Arima (Chairman of the Kyoto Buddhist Association). The newly designed cards are limited to 50,000 per design.
The cards are available at subway stations, ticket machines, bus & subway information centers, and at shops in Kinkaku-ji Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Bureau: Tel: 075-863-5066.

Shijo Subway Station Will be Renovated
10 May 2010

In a regular press conference, the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa, announced that the city will fully renovate the Shijo subway station by the end of September this year.
Due to the economic recession, business management of subway stations has become a serious issue. To revitalize these spaces and get additional income, the city has decided to create new business spaces in Shijo subway Station.
Eight new shops that will appeal to women age 20s to 40s will open. These include a Sizuya Kyoto bakery chain shop, an Aoyama Flower Market shop, and a Seijo Ishii food supermarket.
Five shops will be on the basement floor and another three shops will be on the newly constructed 2nd basement floor.
Before starting construction, the city took a survey and found that many people wanted a public toilet area in the station. Consequently a new toilet space will be added on the 2nd basement floor. The women’s section will have a make-up space.
The city will continue to promote an improved environment at city subway stations and bus stops for everyone.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau: Tel: 075-863-5068.

Kyoto Tanabata Wish-making Postcards Released
17 May 2010

Kyoto City will host a new Tanabata Festival from Aug. 6 to 15 along the Horikawa Canal and the Kamo River.
One of the attractions will be to collect wishes from people all over Japan. In the Japanese tanabata tradition, people write their wishes on a strip of paper and then hang it on a specially decorated bamboo branch. In the new festival people can submit their wishes on special Tanabata postcards. All postcards will be ritually burned after special prayers by the Kyoto Buddhist Association, Kyoto Shrine Association and the Association of Kyoto Gozan Okuribi.
The postcards are 300 yen (3 postcards included) and are available at the Kyoto Tourist Information Center (2F of Kyoto Station Building), Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, etc. The postcards will also be available at some Lawson convenience stores in the city from late June.
Write your wish on a postcard and post it (with 50 yen stamp) by Aug. 14.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-4133.

Permission for the Construction of a New Aquarium in Umekoji Park Granted
24 May 2010

On the May 14th, Kyoto City gave permission to ORIX Real Estate Corporation to construct a new aquarium in Umekoji Park.
The ORIX Real Estate Corporation submitted their aquarium plan in July 2008. A special panel was formed and members and specialists discussed the issue. In the end the panel members concluded that permission for the new aquarium would be granted with some conditions. Since then, the city has been collecting ideas and opinions from citizens and organized information meetings about the project.
The management of the aquarium will be the sole responsibility of ORIX Real Estate Corporation and Kyoto City will not have any financial obligations. According to estimates, about 21.8 billion yen in additional revenue will be generated by the project in its first year. The city will receive about 110 million yen as rent and tax income.
The aquarium will open in early 2012. A wide range of sea animals, penguins and interesting facilities featuring Kyoto’s natural environments will be included.
The aquarium will be set in an undeveloped area in the park so that present park area will not be reduced or affected.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Greenery Section: Tel: 075-222-3589.

Opinions from Citizens for the City’s Primary Basic Plan Requested
31 May 2010

Currently Kyoto City is collecting opinions from citizens about the city’s primary basic plan. The plan focuses on the next 10 years starting from April 2012 and concerns the city’s view and leading policies for the future. The city is requesting opinions about the plan and also idea for a nickname for the plan.
The city formed a committee to discuss the content of the plan. The committee consists of 70 members selected from academic specialists and citizens. The primary plan was decided after several meetings.
The primary plan includes five futuristic visions for the next 10 years: “A city of environmental coexistence and low carbon production”, “A city of internationalization based on the spirit of Japan”, “A city of new industries contributing to the environment and society”, “A city of academic achievement” and “A city of cooperative municipal citizens”. The plan also includes 10 priority plans and 27 sets of statistics for various areas.
Detailed information about this primary plan is available as a pamphlet at Kyoto City Hall, ward offices and branch offices and also on the city’s website. The committee will discuss the secondary plan after collecting the citizen feedback. The plan will be finalized around November.

Futuristic view of the Kyoto City

  • “A city of environmental coexistence and low carbon production”
  • “A city of internationalization based on the spirit of Japan”
  • “A city of new industries contributing to the environment and society”
  • “A city of academic achievement”
  • “A city of cooperative municipal citizens”

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-4133.

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