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November 2011

Okazaki Lighting and Art Promenade Held
7 November 2011

From October 27th to 30th a night time lighting event, “Okazaki Lighting and Art Promenade”, was held in the Okazaki area of Sakyo Ward.
This event was held to encourage the development of night time attractions in the Okazaki area. The organizer, “Kyoto Okazaki Attraction Creation Promoting Association”, included representatives from business bodies, citizen groups, academic specialists, and Kyoto City.
A number of special night time light-up events were held during the event. Video pictures were projected on the wall of the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (“Okazaki Toki Akari”), Heian Shrine's Oten-mon Gate and large torii shrine gate were lit up, and lanterns were set up in the area.
During the event, cultural facilities in the area, including the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and Miyako Messe, were open at night. Shops and restaurants in the area also extended their business hours. Live music performances were held at several locations. Many people came and enjoyed these special night time events.

The association will continue to organize fun events to take full advantage of the attractions in the Okazaki area. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Project Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-4178.

Traffic Control during the Autumn Tourist Season
14 November 2011

Based on one of city’s municipal plans, “Walking City Kyoto,” Kyoto City implemented special traffic control regulations during the peak tourist season in the Arashiyama and Higashiyama areas. Traffic control in these areas was carried out on November 19th, 20th, 23rd, 26th and 27th.
Visitors coming to Kyoto by car were encouraged to park outside the main tourist areas and travel in the city by subway and bus. The “Park & Ride” program was promoted in several parts of the city. For more information, contact the Kyoto City “Walking City Kyoto” Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3483.

Further information about this program can be found on the city’s website via this link.

Kyoto City Intangible Cultural Property Exhibition Room Opened
21 November 2011

Kyoto City has opened the Intangible Cultural Property Exhibition Room on the 1st floor of the Kyoto Yodobashi Building in Shimogyo ward.
This new exhibition room showcases the attractions of Kyoto’s annual Gion Festival. The space was provided, free of charge, by Yodobashi Camera Co., Ltd. This exhibition room is also being used to promote the reconstruction of one of the festival floats, the Ofune-hoko Float, which was destroyed in the Edo period, in cooperation of Kyoto City, the Gion Festival Yama Hoko Association, and the Shijo-cho Ofuna-hoko Preservation Association.
As part of the Ofune-hoko Float reconstruction process, panel displays introducing traditional Gion Festival events and cultural properties excavated from Kyoto Yodobashi Building construction site will also be exhibited. The exhibition room is open from 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30). It is closed on Wednesdays. Entry is free of charge.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Cultural Property Preservation Section: Tel: 075-761-7799.

Kyoto Green Project Started
28 November 2011

Kyoto City has started a new project called the “Kyoto Green Project.” The project focuses on protecting endangered forests and trees in the city.
Companies and organizations in the city participating in the project will donate money or use their advertisement space to promote the project. Residents in the city and tourists can contribute to the project through the purchase of special goods and services.
Protecting forests and green areas preserves Kyoto's beautiful scenery, prevents disaster damage, protects ecological systems, and reduces global warming. More information about the “Kyoto Green Project” will be distributed from December 1st at city hall, ward offices and branch offices.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Industry Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3340.

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