Kyoto Culture Festival 2004 "Miyako-no-Hanabutai" - tickets on sale from 24 June.
24 June 2004
From 1 July, Kyoto City will be selling tickets for the eight events to be held
this Autumn at the Kyoto Culture Festival, entitled "Miyako-no-Hanabutai".
In this festival, to be held from 18 September until 24 October, a range of cultural
events, commencing with Kyoto's world-famous performing arts, will be held at
various venues. These stages are to include the world treasures, Nijo Castle and
Nishihonganji Temple, and the unique temples and shrines only found in Kyoto,
such as Eikando and Heian Jingu. Tickets will be available at a number of venues,
including Ticket-Pia, Lawson Ticketing, Kyoto Takashimaya, Kyoto Daimaru, and
Keihan Travel Service.
For more information, please contact the Kyoto City Culture Section.
Publication of "Kyoto
City Pictorial Summer Edition"
21 June 2004
Kyoto City has recently published the "Kyoto City Pictorial Summer Edition".
This pictorial magazine, published four times yearly, portrays the attractions
of Kyoto City and municipal affairs through the medium of photography. One theme
in this edition is "Walking through Kyoto greenery - hiking mountain passes
and historical roads", which introduces easily accessible hiking courses
urses only found in Kyoto, allowing the hiker to encounter nature's abundance
while enjoying history and scenery. Another theme explored is the "Tale of
the City of Flowers", which introduces the recently-opened "Kyoto City
Hanaki Region Wholesale Market" flower distribution center, and follows the
Kyoto flower scene. This publication is currently available for free from the
City Hall Information Center and Ward and Branch Offices.
For more information, please contact the Public Relations Department:
for "Kyoto Municipality Local Talks, 2004"
18 June 2004
In Kyoto City, applications will be accepted from the 22nd of this month for "Kyoto
Municipality Local Talks, 2004". Applicants choose the topics for these talks
from various previously-determined themes regarding policies, projects and town
developments of interest to citizens. City council employees will then visit in
person to give explanations concerning these topics. This year, a series of talks
will be given for the first time regarding important policies which the whole
city is tackling. Applications will be accepted until 31st January 2005, from
groups of ten or more people who live, work or study in Kyoto City. Explanatory
talks will be given locally from 20th July until 28th February 2005.
For more information, please contact the Kyoto City Project Promotions Office:
Plans announced to
make ISO14001 Certification available through all Ward and Branch Offices
8 June 2004
Recently Kyoto City announced that Environmental Management System ISO14001 Certification
is to be made available through all Ward and Branch Offices. This certification,
which was commenced last year at the central City Hall office and six other business
centers, is now to be made available through Ward and Branch Offices, the most
accessible municipal facilities, in order to provide citizens with the tools they
need to deal with environmental issues at home and in business. In order to promote
efforts to decrease the burden on the environment as much as possible, it is intended
that in the future, certification should become available in all Ward and Branch
For more information, please contact the Kyoto City Environmental Management Section:
Opening of the Kyoto
Kaleidoscope Museum - Anekojikan
6 June 2004
The Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum, Anekojikan has opened at the Kyoto Municipal Education
Counseling Center for Children, Nakagyo Ward, Anekoji, Higashi-Toin. Eighty kaleidoscopes
made by both domestic and international artists are on display within the facility.
Come and enjoy this colorful, artistic world, an intermingling of light and shadow.
The museum is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am until 5:00pm.
Entrance is 100 yen for all visitors over six years old. Elementary and junior
high school students from Kyoto will be admitted free of charge.
For more information, please contact the Kyoto Municipal Education Counseling
Center for Children: TEL 075-254-7900
Opening of the East-West
Subway Line between Rokujizo and Daigo & the Introduction of the Station Numbering
2 June 2004
Recently, Kyoto Mayor Masumoto announced that the East-West Subway Line extension
project between Rokujizo and Daigo would commence operations from 26th November,
and that as a new service, a station numbering system is to be introduced. After
commencement, passengers will be able to travel from Rokujizo station to Nijo
station in approximately 30 minutes, making available an extensive rail network
with connections to JR Nara and Keihan-Uji lines. This extension will dramatically
increase passenger convenience. Together with this, a station numbering system
is to be introduced on the Karasuma subway line and the East-West line, entailing
the representation of lines and station names using colors, letters and numbers.
The use of this numbering system within station maps and English announcements
on trains will allow foreign tourists unfamiliar with station names and first-time
subway users to put away their fears and travel with ease.
For more information, please contact the Kyoto Transport Bureau:
of operations of facilities to convert used cooking oil into fuel
2 June 2004
Kyoto Mayor Masumoto recently announced the commencement of operations of a facility
where used oil from deep-frying is refined into bio-diesel fuel. At this plant,
used deep-frying oil collected from 825 locations within Kyoto City is refined
into fuel which can be used by rubbish collection trucks and city buses. This
facility is the first of its kind to be established in any major city designated
by Government ordinance. Supply of a high quality bio-diesel fuel known as "Kyoto
Standard" will commence on 4th June. This will reduce the consumption of
fossil fuels by 1,500,000 liters per year, and the production of greenhouse gases
will also be cut by 4,000 tons. In addition, exhaust gases produced by this bio-diesel
fuel will amount to levels of between only one-third and one-sixth of those produced
by light oil. The city's aim is to live in harmony with, and decrease the burden
on, the environment.
For more information, please contact the Kyoto City Facility Maintenance Division: