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July 2015

Higher Brain Dysfunction Specialty Consultation Service Provided

On July 1st, 2015, a specialty consultation service was opened up for patients who suffer from higher brain dysfunction. "Higher brain dysfunction" is a disorder which results from damage to the brain such as in a brain injury or cerebrovascular damage due to a traffic accident. With that, memory disorders and attention deficits are caused that lead to the difficulty in performing daily activities. The disorder is also called an "invisible disorder," since it is difficult to identify from the patient's physical appearance, thus the patient and surrounding people have difficulty realizing such symptoms. For those (or families) who suffer from changes such as "memory disorders and attention deficits," "not being able to carry out things systematically," "becoming hyper-active," and so on, we first ask them to call our service. We will arrange a specialist's counselling and provide advice for those with special needs.

The consultation service is located within the Kyoto City Local Rehabilitation Enhancement Center located at the northwestern corner of the Shijo Onmae intersection in Nakagyo ward. Open hours will be from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The service is not available on Sat., Sun. or national holidays. Consultation will be free.

[Contact] Kyoto City Local Rehabilitation Enhancement Center: Tel: 075-823-1650

World's Best City Ranking on Travel & Leisure

Recently, based on readers' polls of popular city ranking held by American travel magazine, "Travel & Leisure," Kyoto was chosen to be the No. 1 city 2 years in a row.

The magazine, Travel & Leisure is mainly targets the more affluent class of North Americans and prides itself on the fact that it publishes 1 million copies. It is also said to be one of the most influential travel magazines in the world.

As Kyoto became the No. 1 city in the world in Travel & Leisure magazine last year, the number of foreign overnight guests increased by 60 % from the last year, which is far higher than the percentage of the whole country's 30 % increase rate.

This good news of receiving this award 2 years in a row is the result of all these efforts such as: showing tourists the way to get to various destination by local citizens, daily efforts of omotenashi, the welcoming spirit, including a cleanup activity of sweeping in the morning which is rooted in Kyoto's citizen's daily life, disseminating effectively of "Kyoto Brands" by collaborating with a major word-of-mouth-site, preserving sceneries to be filled with an essence of Kyoto, and preparing a foreign tourists friendly environment, and so forth.

The City will further improve the quality of tourism to remain continuously to be a suitable city as the world's No. 1 tourist city, and also to continue efforts for citizens to be able to recognize that they have a beneficent influence through the tourism boom.

[Contact] Kyoto City MICE Promotion Division: Tel: 075-746-2255

Restaurant, etc. are newly opened in the Kyoto City Zoo

On July 11, 2015, "The Kyoto City Zoo" located within Sakyoku's Okazaki Park, has newly opened a buffet style natural foods restaurant, a goods shop which sells limited items and a library style café and so on. Also, the nation's valuable "Elephant Forest" has fully opened as well where breeding and exhibiting a herd of elephants.

The Kyoto City Zoo has been under phased construction for 7 years now while continuing normal operations at the zoo and this is the part of its renewal project. Please come to the fully equipped zoo during this summer vacation!

The open hours for the zoo are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, whereas the open hours for the restaurant are from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm.
Please enter either venue 30 minutes before closing time.
The zoo is usually closed on Mon., but closed the Tuesday if Mon. is a national holidays.
The restaurant is open daily.
The admission fee is 600 yen (required for ages 16 and older).
For the newly opened restaurant, souvenir shops and library style café, you can also visit these venues separately, without having to enter the zoo.

[Contact] Kyoto City Zoo: Tel: 075-771-0210

Kyoto Marathon Registration

Starting from July 28th, 2015, runners are recruited for the "Kyoto Marathon 2016 (held on Feb. 21st, 2016).

The number of entries are 15,900 people and 100 in pairs of runners of 200 people (Pair-Ekiden). Eligibility is limited to people who were born before April 1st, 1997 and who can run the 42.195 km within 5 hours and 40 minutes.

The admission fee is 12,000 yen, and 20,000 yen for each pair. An additional commission fee is required. From this time, a volunteer runner slot will be newly set. This is to offer a prioritized drawing for those who have volunteered in the past for the Kyoto marathon. The higher the number of people who did volunteer work in the past, the higher the rate for a drawing can be expected. The candidate will be 100 people. However, Pair-Ekiden and Wheelchair competitions are not applicable. Even losing a slot, you will still have a chance to participate in the general drawing.

The result of the whole drawing is scheduled to be noticed on October 6th, 2015.
The application will be accepted by 5:00 pm, August 31st, 2015.
For details, please refer to the pamphlet distributed at the ward office, etc. or the website (

[Contact] Kyoto Marathon Entry Center: Tel: 0570-066-055

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