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August 2010


Opinions from Citizens Wanted about Revising Global Warming Provision Ordinance
2 August 2010

Kyoto City has made a framework for revising its “global warming provision ordinance” and now the city is collecting opinions from citizens.
In the framework the city set its goal to reduce emission of greenhouse gases by 25% by 2020 and by 40% by 2030 compared with emissions in 1990.
The framework also includes specific plans: promoting car sharing for residents of apartment complexes, mandating large companies to submit reports about what kind of eco provisions they are taking, etc..
For details, please refer to the pamphlet available at city hall, ward offices and branch offices or visit the city’s website. Opinions will be accepted until August 12.
After collecting the opinions, the city will consider how to revise the ordinance and try to draw up new ordinances for next year after getting approval from the city council.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Global Warming Provision Section: Tel: 075-222-4555.



Subway Music Performances Started
9 August 2010

From July 21, 2010 music performances have been staged in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station and Karasuma Oike subway stations. Musicians from the public can apply to perform acoustic and other kinds of music.
For the opening event at the Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, the singer Ayano Tsuji, who is from Kyoto, held a small live concert.
Performances will be held every day until March 31, 2011, from 10:00 to 22:00.

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



Eki-naka Sweets 2nd Project Available
9 August 2010

Kyoto City has recently released “Matcha & Banana Maro no Okini-iri” as the Eki-naka Sweets 2nd project.
It is a small piece of cake. Outside is fluffy green sponge cake using matcha green tea and inside is banana cream. One piece is \150. “Matcha & Banana Maro no Okini-iru” is available at Kyoto Station, Shijo and Yamashina subway stations.

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



Kyoto’s New Summer Attraction “Kyoto Tanabata” Event Started
16 August 2010

From August 6th to 15th, a new summer event “Kyoto Tanabata” Event was held. Tanabata is a summer tradition that takes place in early August in the old lunar calendar. Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, the Kyoto Buddhist Association and the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry cooperated together to make this new event successful. Two main event venues were set up on Horikawa Street and along the Kamogawa River.
At the Horikawa venue, a big bamboo arch was set up and lit up with LED lights. The Milky Way was recreated over the stream using a number of LED lights as well. Art pieces using bamboo and lights were displayed and strips of paper on which children wrote their wishes were hung everywhere.
At the Kamo River venue, special bamboo decorations and lanterns (made of woven bamboo) added a colorful welcoming touch. Traditional Yuzen textile washing was demonstrated as well.
Before and during the event, organizers collected wishes from people all over Japan. People wrote their wishes on a special postcard and sent them to the event office. Later those postcards were brought to temples and shrines in Kyoto for ceremonial burning.
Kyoto City will continue to promote and improve tourism by cherishing its culture and history.

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



Operation of New Information and Communication System Service Started at Kyoto City Zoo
23 August 2010

Kyoto City Zoo has started to operate services using its new information and communication system.
One of them is “Window to Wild Life” provided via iPhone and mobile phones with cameras. iPhone users can use the navigation service in the zoo for recommended walking routes. Users also can join a stamp rally and take a quiz about animals. Other mobile phone users can get information and pictures of animals by reading a 2D code with their mobile phones.
Another new service is an electronic board in the subway of Kyoto Station. A 52-inch large liquid crystal screen shows animals in the zoo with live links and introduces event information.
In addition to those new services, the zoo will make further improvements to be a “Zoo for everyone to enjoy learning.” Improvement of the website is planned: providing movie delivery, information in other languages, etc..
All of these new services have been paid for by a government subsidy.
Kyoto City will continue to make the city zoo more attractive and fun for the citizens.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Zoo: Tel: 075-771-0210.



“Koto Chika Shijo” Shops for A New Shopping Space in Shijo Subway Station Decided
30 August 2010

On October 1, a new shopping space will open in Shijo subway station. The space is called “Koto Chika Shijo”.
The following shops will open there: “Krispy Kreme Doughnuts”, “Seijo Ishii” food shop, “Aoyama Flower Market” and “Café Stagione”. These shops are all new to Kyoto.
In addition, Kyoto’s local bakery “Shizuya”, body care goods shop “Raffine”, cloth and accessory shop “index”, and monthly or weekly changing sweet shop “Eki-naka Sweets” will also open in the space.
Five of those shops will be open on the first basement floor and rest will be on the second basement floor.
Kyoto City is actively promoting new businesses in subway stations to increase revenue and the number of passengers.

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




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