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March 2014

Come to the newly renovated Umekoji Park where Kids and Adults can have Fun together!

The construction work which has been on since June 2013 has finished and the new 2 places, "Suzaku Yume Square" and "Street Railway Square" opened on March 8 (Sat.) 2014 at Umekoji Park in Shimogyo-ku.

"Suzaku Yume Square" is the perfect place for kids to play around freely, and also for adults to relax as it has the biggest playground equipment in the city and there is an out-door café where adults can also enjoy.

In the "Street railway Square," the street railway cars that were manufactured in the Taisho and Showa period are displayed. The train cars that were used as the transportation of the citizens in the past will be also used as shops and rest-places.

Moreover, on Sat., Sun., national holidays and during the summer vacation, the "Chi-Chi train" loading cutting-edge lithium-ion battery which was donated by GS Yuasa Corporation will be run between the 2 squares on the railway laid on the lawn.

The park is becoming enriched by getting the cooperation from private companies.
Please stop by Umekoji Park!
And please come here using public transportation services.

[Contact] Kyoto City Greenery Division: Tel: 075-222-3589

"The Kyoto's Culture of the Kagai" Selected as "Connecting-Kyoto: Preserving an Intangible Cultural Heritage"

Kyoto city has made the original scheme, "Connecting-Kyoto: Preserving an Intangible Cultural Heritage" in April 2013.

This is to re-realize the Kyoto's traditional culture that has been inherited over many generations by adding new styles of the time, and to carefully inherit them, by informing people of preserving intangible cultural heritage selection that are difficult to designate or register as a cultural properties under the existing law system.

This time, the City chose "Kagai's traditional artistic skill and its hospitality" as the second selection of "Connecting-Kyoto: Preserving an Intangible Cultural Heritage," after "Kyoto's Cuisine Culture." In Kyoto's Kagai, through mai (ancient style dance), dances and Japanese ancient music performed by geiko and maiko who are the bearers of this culture and also hospitable professional entertainers, whose hospitable culture has been inherited so the traditional culture of Kyoto has been carefully preserved.

Although, the surrounding situation of Kagai is now in a severe state that both the number of geiko and maiko, as well as the interest in traditional culture is decreasing, Kyoto city will continue to disseminate its value and attractiveness so that the traditional culture of Kagai will be inherited by future generations.

[Contact] Kyoto City Cultural Property Preservation Division: Tel: 075-366-1498

"Kyoto City Sanitation and Environment Research Center" and "Kyoto Prefectural Health and Environment Research Center" Joined

Kyoto City, together with Kyoto Prefecture had decided to make the 2 centers, the "Kyoto City Sanitation and Environment Research Center" and the "Kyoto Prefectural Health and Environment Research Center" into one integrally in the area of the current place where the Kyoto Prefectural Health and Environment Research Center is located in Fushimi-ku. This is aimed for the efficient management of the center and the improvement in response capabilities when food poisoning, infectious diseases that causes damage to our health when occurred.

Air Pollution, examination and research on foods and radioactive materials are the main works of the 2 centers, but both of their buildings are getting too narrow and too old, also some of their works are overlapping, thus Mayor Kadokawa and Governor Yamada have been conducting a study on the joint infrastructure since the time of the agreement in September 2013.

From now on, the City will institute the basic plan within the year 2015 as to the setting the construction starting time in 2017. After the completion, all the functions will move to the new center except for the food inspection branch that is now situated on the premises of the Kyoto Central Wholesale Market.

[Contact] Kyoto City Health and Medical Branch: Tel: 075-222-3411

"Research Result on the Comparison of the Linear Motor Train Route" Released

Kyoto City is now working on its promotion to implement Kyoto Station to be added to the existing route plan between Nagoya and Osaka, for the super-fast Linear Chuo Shinkansen that will connect Tokyo and Osaka within just an hour.

In the existing route plan, it states to go through and around the Nara area, but this plan was decided in 1973 without considering the technique of the linear for alternate plans of when "Tokaido Chuo Shinkansen" would become dilapidated, or when an accident happened on the "Tokaido Chuo Shinkansen".

Thus the City has conducted a comparative survey on the economic effect, etc. in regards to a Kyoto Station route and the existing route plan. With the result from the survey, the estimated passengers from the Tokyo metropolitan area are 3 million a year with an existing plan, in comparison, it came out to be about 12 million passengers with the Kyoto Station route which is 4 times superior than the existing plan. As for the economic spillover effects to Kyoto, Nara, northern Osaka and southern Shiga would be about 40 billion yen annually when people coming from the Tokyo area with the existing plan, and 81 billion yen annually with the Kyoto Station route plan. This shows again, that the effectiveness will be 2 times bigger than the existing plan.

Kyoto City will continue to work on re-examination of the existing route plan by conducting surveys and distributing the results to society, making requests to the Japanese government, etc.

[Contact] Kyoto City Walking Town Implementation Division: Tel: 075-222-3483

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