【News from the Japanese Archipelago】
post date : 2018.08.14
[Kyoto City] The 251st Kyoto Citizens’ Kyogen will be performed!
Since its first performance in 1957, Kyoto Citizens’ Kyogen has been held for Kyoto citizens to be familiar with a Japanese traditional comic theater of Kyogen, in cooperation with the families of both Sengoro and Chuzaburo Shigeyama who belong to Okura school of Kyogen. The 251st performance is specially arranged for families to enjoy during the summer holidays. We also recommend the programs for people who watch Kyogen for the first time in theater!
■Date: August 22, 2018 open 13:30/ start 14:00
■Venue: Kyoto Kanze Nohplay Theater
■Admission: Ticket for people under age of high school students: 500 yen per person
Advance ticket: 2,500 yen per person
Day ticket: 3,000 yen per person
Ticket for a group of 20 people and more: 2,200 yen per person
■Performers: Sensaku, Shime, Akira, Sengoro, Shigeru, Ippei, Doji, Chuzaburo SHIGEYAMA etc.
■Inquiry: Kyoto Art Center Tel: 075-213-1000 Fax: 075-213-10014
【Akita Prefecture】Large-Scale Autumn Tourism Campaign “Akita, Rich with Autumn Appeal”
Starting this upcoming September through November, the Akita Prefectural Government plans to execute a large-scale tourism campaign in cooperation with respective municipalities in the prefecture, East Japan Railway Company (JR East), and other tourism agencies. For many generations, locals have been cultivating Akita’s charms, spreading them both within and beyond Japan’s borders. With its lush nature, local delicacies, and hot springs, every Akita citizen would like to welcome you all to our prefecture with open arms.
■Campaign Period: Saturday, September 1 ~ Friday, November 30th ( spanning for 3 months), 2018
■Campaign Area: Throughout Akita
■Campaign Catch Phrase: “Aki no Saku Saku Akita” (“Akita, Rich with Autumn Appeal”)
※ This has been planned in the hope that visitors will be able to fully experience a wide range of what Akita has to offer, such as strolling amidst the beautiful autumn leaves, soaking in hot springs, or appreciating its magnificent nature, art and culture.
■Contact Info. : Tourism Promotion Division, Department of Tourism, Culture, and Sports, Akita Prefecture
( +81-18 -860-2261)
[Kyoto City] Kyoto Power of Culture Project 2016-2020
Work plans wanted for Open Call Outdoor Installation!
Kyoto Power of Culture Project Committee promotes initiatives to transmit culture of Kyoto nationwide and worldwide towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, etc. They pick up arts and crafts as main project of this fiscal year, and take applications for open call outdoor installation. Please note that the work which wins the Grand-Prix will be constructed according to its work plan and displayed in a front court of the former Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives. Kyoto Power of Culture Project Committee is looking forward to receiving applications from artists, creators, architects etc. from inside and outside of Japan with work plans of creative inspiration.
Application period: June 25 – September 23, 2018.
*Application must be submitted no later than September 23.
Qualifications: Anyone can apply regardless of age, nationality, individual or groups etc.
Inquiry: Kyoto Power of Culture Project 2018 Application at Kyoto Art Center
Tel: 075-213-1000 E-mail: email@example.com
【Kawasaki City】 Anniversary of the Renewal of the “Tower of the Sun”
Taro Okamoto in the Town - The World of Public Art
In his multifaceted career as a modern artist, Taro Okamoto created over 140 works of art such as monuments and murals, which have been displayed in 70 public spaces such as parks and schools throughout Japan. Okamoto strongly believed that his art should not be owned by individuals and therefore continued to place his creations in public spaces so that they can be seen by everyone. Moreover, he believed artwork should not exist for the sake of art and should be widely accessible in our daily life, and that art plays a significant role in connecting society as it invokes a range of feelings and emotions.
This exhibition commemorates the recent renewal of the “Tower of the Sun”, which was constructed for EXPO70, as well as appreciating the public art that Okamoto has created for our society throughout his life. In addition, this exhibition is set to introduce a variety of Okamoto’s works that have been placed around Japan, such as those he made from mosaic tiles in the early stages of his career as well as original molds, drawings, sketches and pictures of the “Tower of the Sun” on display in Senri, Osaka, and the “Myth of Tomorrow” on display in Shibuya.
Dates: ～ Monday, September 24,2018
Location: Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki Tel: 044-900-9898
[Chiba Prefecture] Para Sports Festa Chiba 2018
Chiba Prefecture, host to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic, will hold “Para Sports Festa Chiba 2018” this September. The event will give guests the opportunity to experience Paralympic sports.
Focusing on the four games that will be held in Chiba, participants can take part in seven different activities and watch impactful performances by athletes.
Matching the theme of “Red vs White Intrasquad Para Sports Games,” this event will have many activities with Red vs White team competitions, including individual matches and cheering battles.
- Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:00-17:00
- Place: Chiba Port Arena (Chuo Ward, Chiba City)
- Access: 8 min walk from Shiyakushomae Station on the Chiba Urban Monorail, 16 min walk from Chiba Station on the JR Sobu Line, 15 min walk from Chibaminato Station on the JR Keiyo Line, 12 min walk from Chibachuo Station on the Keisei Line
- Entry Fee/Admission Fee: Free
- URL : https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/oripara/pre-camps/hukyu/20180810parafesuhodo.html (In Japanese)
- Inquiries: Training Camp and Athletics Support Division, Chiba Prefecture TEL: 043-223-2442
International Affairs Division, Chiba Prefecture TEL: 043-223-2436
- Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – The 4 games which will be played in Makuhari-Messe, Chiba Prefecture
Goalball／Sitting Volleyball／Para-Taekwondo／Wheelchair Fencing
[Kyoto City] The 47th whole country fire fighting rescue technological meeting in Kyoto city!
1,000 chosen firefighters gather once a year from the whole country and are a meeting to show result of the training. It's held in Kyoto city in 8 after this year. Public opening of practice, an interactive disaster prevention attraction, a stage event and a commemoration goods are sold. Free entrance. Please use the nonstop bus from Kyoto municipal subway Takeda Station.
■ Date：August 24, 2018
■ Time：9:00 - 16:30
■ Inquiry：Kyoto city fire department general affairs department TEL：075-212-6613
■ E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
[Kyoto City] Traditional Theater Training 2018 Final Recital will be held!
Traditional Theater Training provides participants from inside and outside of Japan three courses on Japanese traditional performing arts of Noh, Kyogen, and Nihon-buyo. It is an intensive summer program where participants will have lessons from instructors who work actively in their field of traditional performing arts. At the final recital, trainees of each courses and the instructors will perform pieces which they have learnt in the courses.
*Program booklets in English and Japanese with explanations on the pieces to be performed will be distributed at the recital.
■ Date: August 10, 2018 open 15:30 / start 16:00
■ Venue: Oe-Noh Theater
■ Admission: Free
■ Performers: T.T.T. 2018 Participants and Instructors
■ Website: http://www.kac.or.jp/events/23752
■ Inquiry: Kyoto Art Center Tel: 075-213-1000 Fax: 075-213-1004
■ E-mail: email@example.com
[Kyoto City] Special Exhibition「 Costumes, Items and Cultures of Geiko and Maiko 」
Walking traditional crafts. That is not an exaggeration when presenting Geiko and Maiko. They wear various traditional crafts that are made in Kyoto by skillful craftsmen from head to toe.
We will present this special exhibition to widely promote traditional crafts through Geiko and Maiko culture.
With this exhibition, visitors will learn the difference between Geiko and Maiko and will see costumes for seasonal events. Costumes and related items, photos and panels with rich information will be displayed.
By the time you leave, you will have a deeper understanding about Kagaim the traditional entertaiment area as well as traditional crafts that are the important parts of the Kagai culure.
We are looking forward to your visit.
■Date&Time: 2018/8/1～9/30 9：00 ～ 17：00 (Last Admission at 16：30）
■Place: Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Fureaikan
■Contents: Introduction of costumes, accessories, hairstyles of Geiko and Maiko. Panel displays on the culture
of Kagai, a traditional entertaiment area.
■Hosts: Kyoto Traditional Industries Foundation, Kyoto Traditional Musical Art Public Foundation, Kyoto City
■Partner: Kamishichiken Kabukai
■Contact: Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan
Address: B1F Miyakomesse, 9-1, OkazakiSeishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 606-8343, Japan
TEL 075-762-2670 (reception from 9:00 to 17:00) FAX 075-761-7121
The Kyoto Marathon 2019 has released Application Guidelines for runners.
The course starts at Nishikyogoku Athletic Park and finishes at a point near Heian-jingu Shrine. Passing by seven UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, runners can fully enjoy the attractions of Kyoto's picturesque scenery, including spectacular views of the five mountains on which huge bonfires are lit during the Gozan no Okuribi summer festival.
The Kyoto Marathon 2019 has released Application Guidelines for runners.
Application period: July 20 (Fri)10：00 - August 31 (Fri)17：00, 2018. Japantime
first-come, first-served entries
Kyoto Marathon Entry Desk
JTB Sports Station
9F MPR Honmachi Bldg 3-1-8, Minamikyuhoji-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0058 Japan
(hours 9:30-17:30; closed Sat., Sun., holidays, Japantime）
XVI WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan
The Women’s Softball World Championship will be held in Japan for the first time in 20 years.
National teams from 16 countries and regions, the champions of qualifying rounds on each continent, will engage in fierce competition here in Chiba Prefecture.
This is a great chance to watch world-class play as a preliminary competition of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Be sure to check out the venue!
Date: Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
Participating Teams: [Africa] Botswana, South Africa
[Asia] China, Chinese Taipei, Philippines
[Europe] Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands
[Americas] Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA, Venezuela
[Oceania] Australia, New Zealand
[Host country] Japan
Venues: ZOZO Marine Stadium (Mihama-ku, Chiba City), NASPA Stadium (Narita City) , Dai-Ichi Cutter Stadium [Akitsu Stadium] (Narashino City) and Zett. A. Ball Park (Ichihara City)
Inquiries: WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation)
International Affairs Division, Chiba Prefecture
[Chiba Prefecture] Ladybugs as Pest Control
Plant diseases and pest control present big challenges for farming families in Chiba, the nation’s leading prefecture for agricultural.
The Chiba Prefecture Agricultural Collage, based on research from prefectural high school students, developed a technology for pest control using ladybugs and has started to market the technology.
The process consists of propagating ladybugs, using resin on their wings to make them temporarily flightless, and releasing them into agricultural fields. As they prey on aphids, the aphids are naturally exterminated from the fields. The resin wears off in approximately two months and the ladybugs, able to fly again, return to nature which means the technology ecologically conscientious.
Furthermore, combining insects with microbial insecticide, the Collage has also developed a new technology in which insects themselves deliver insecticides.
Responding to the expectations of local farmers, Chiba Prefecture is promoting the development of safe pest control that is neither hazardous to agricultural products or to peoples’ health.
Chiba Prefecture Agricultural Collage 0475-52-5121
International Affairs Division，Chiba Prefecture 043-223-2436
[Chiba Prefecture] Study Abroad Students and Foreign Residents Appointed as “CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors”
Twenty foreign exchange students and residents, from different areas of Chiba Prefecture, representing 10 countries will officially be appointed as Ambassadors this year. The CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors promote Chiba Prefecture’s many attractions—tourist spots, delicious cuisine, and the cultural differences they experience in Chiba—in their native languages through blogs and other social media.
The project began in 2011. You can read more about the CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors on Chiba Prefecture’s website.
＊The official program name for the “CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors” is the “Ambassadors to Spread Chiba Prefecture’s Charm to the World Together with CHI-BA+KUN”
◇ Appointment Ceremony (* Press only)
Date: Tuesday June 12, 2018, 11:10-12:00
Place: Chiba Prefectural Auditorium (1st floor)
(1-1 Ichibacho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City)
◇ Ambassadors’ home country/area (number of people)
China (4), USA (4), Vietnam (3), Indonesia (2), Taiwan (2), Nepal (1),
Sri Lanka (1), Thailand (1), Korea (1), Russia (1)
Chiba Prefecture, International Affairs Division
TEL: 043-223-2436 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
【Kyoto City】“Kyoto Ikebana Presentation 2018” will be held!
It is a festival to transmit the enjoyment of Ikebana.* Under the theme of “Ikebana is great!,” programs such as an exhibition of Ikebana created by 34 schools of Ikebana, a talk, demonstration, lectures, hands-on workshops, etc. are scheduled.
*Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.
Date: 2-3 June, 2018, 10:00-20:00 (until 18:00 on 3 June)
Venue: Japanese-Style Hall, Auditorium, and Multi-purpose Hall etc., Kyoto Art Center
Admission: Free (charges and advance booking are required for some workshops）
Inquiry: Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation（in Kyoto Art Center）
【Kyoto City】 Exhibition “Tips” will be held!
It is a group exhibition by five young artists, Kosuke Ikeda, Takuya Kumagai, Kazumichi Komatsu, Arata Mino and Naoki Miyasaka, focused on small “tips” on techniques used in installation art.
Date：1 June - 16 July, 2018
Time：10:00 - 20:00 *close at 17:00 on 14-16 July
Venue：North and South Galleries, Kyoto Art Center
Artists：Kosuke Ikeda, Takuya Kumagai, Kazumichi Komatsu, Arata Mino, Naoki Miyasaka
Inquiry：Kyoto Art Center TEL：075-213-1000 FAX：075-213-1004
【Kyoto City】 Exhibition “New Mutation – Transform, Progress and Deepen” (～ May 27, 2018)
An exhibition called “New Mutation” will be held to showcase artworks created by young artists who are studying at or graduated from art universities in Kansai.
This time works by Takumi Kato (paintings), Akane Saijo (pottery), Sae Takahata (installations) will be exhibited.
Date & Time: April 14 - May 27, 2018, 10:00-20:00 (open every day)
Venue: North and South Galleries, Kyoto Art Center
Inquiry: Kyoto Art Center
TEL: 075-213-1000 FAX: 075-213-1004 Email: email@example.com
【Kyoto City】 The 69th Kyoto Takigi-noh: Tragic Hero, the life of Minamoto no Yoshitsune will be performed!
Co-hosted by Kyoto City and the Kyoto Noh Association, Kyoto Takigi-noh started in 1950 and it has become one of the beloved annual events which colors an early summer of Kyoto. Bonfires in the twilight shed a light on the vermillion sanctuary of Heian Jingu Shrine, and a Noh stage set up for the event emerges out of the darkness. This production offers a superb combination of Noh and Kyogen performances by schools as Kanze, Kongou, and Ohkura and it will make you fully intoxicated in a Japanese artistic world of subtlety and delicate beauty.
Date: 1st and 2nd June, 2018
Time:18:00-20:45 (gate opens at 17:00)
Venue: Noh stage at Heian Jingu Shrine (In case of rain: Main Hall, Rohm Theatre Kyoto)
Official website: http://www.kyoto-nohgaku.or.jp/
Inquiry: Kyoto Takigi-noh Office:
075-754-0331 (9:00-17:00, Tue-Sun)
【Kawasaki City】Photography by Okamoto Taro: For the sake of thought (～ Sunday, July 1,2018)
In addition to being one of the most prominent artists of Post-World War II Japan, Taro Okamoto also took a wide variety of photographs.
The photographs taken by Okamoto feature the reality of the postwar aftermath and the quest to reestablish the origins of Japan. The images of children, landscapes, houses, festivals, animals, gardens and boundaries are presented through Okamoto's artistic interpretation and often express emotions that cannot be conveyed with words. This exhibition was created to display his key photographs which feature images and motifs he developed, and to understand his focal points. In doing so, the viewer is able to experience the essence of Okamoto's unique style and artistic talents in a different media.
Dates: ～ Sunday, July 1,2018
Location: Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
Inquiry: Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki Tel: 044-900-9898
【Yamanashi Prefecture】The Charms of Yamanashi – Digital Booklets Available Now on Prefectural Homepage
In order to spread word of the many local charms of Yamanashi Prefecture, we have dedicated a section of the prefecture’s homepage to a series of digital booklets uncovering the roots of these charms. For those hoping to learn more about the hidden secrets of the prefecture, the first two digital booklets have been made available in English: Colorful Landscapes: Yamanashi Flowers and The Insider’s Guide: Proud to be in Yamanashi.
We hope you enjoy. Links are included below.
- The Insider’s Guide: Proud to be in Yamanashi
Detailing lesser-known facts about the prefecture and coupled with pictures and explanations that make for a fun read!
- Colorful Landscapes: Yamanashi Flowers
Introducing the landscapes and flowers of the prefecture in cooperation with regions across the prefecture.
English URL: http://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/foreign/index.html
Japanese URL: http://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/koucho/trivia.html
Questions? Contact Us: 055-223-1337
Strategic Policy Planning Department
Public Relations Division
【Kyoto City】 Accepting an artist from Paris City
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Paris-Kyoto Friendship Agreement. Commemorating this anniversary year, Kyoto City has welcomed Ms. Linda Ouhbi, a French artist dispatched from Paris City, in the beginning of April as a part of cultural exchange project between Paris and Kyoto. Currently, she is based in the Kiyomizu-yaki estate* interacting with local ceramic artists and is engaged in her creative activities. She is scheduled to stay in Kyoto until the beginning of June.
Paris City selects one city as a partner city every year to send an artist to interact with local artists and craftspeople in order to advance creative activities and develop business in both cities.
Kyoto City hopes Ms. Linda Ouhbi has various cultural experiences in Kyoto including Kiyomizu-yaki during her two months stay and be a big fan of Kyoto. We also hope that after returning to France, she will help further strengthen the bond between Paris and Kyoto as well as France and Japan by transmitting her experiences in Kyoto to her family and friends.
*It is an industrial estate where Kiyomizu-yaki pottery producers and ceramic artists reside.
Kyoto City International Relations Office TEL：075-222-3072
【Kyoto City 】Sujin shinmachi - a popular facility opened in February 2018 at 5 mins walking distance in the east to Kyoto Station
Food stalls at Sujin shinmachi offer a variety of food and beverages including typical stall food such as yakitori (grilled chicken), kushiage (deep-fried vegetables and meat on skewers), and horumonyaki (grilled beef and pork offal). They also offer food such as hamburgers and hotdogs, which are familiar to overseas visitors, as well as beverages such as local sake, craft beer and coffee, etc. One of the shopping booths provide a kimono rental service so that you can enjoy the food stalls and also sightseeing in kimono. There are 15 shops at Sujin shinmachi and they give you opportunities to have fun day and night.
■ Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Food stalls open at 11:00 a.m.)
■ Website: http://sujin-shinmachi.com
■ Inquiry: Sujin-Shinmachi Office：075-708-2985
【Chiba Prefecture】Registration Now Open for ‟Chiba Aqualine Marathon 2018!”
Chiba Prefecture will hold the “Chiba Aqualine Marathon 2018”on Sunday, October 21, 2018. As part of the course, runners will cross over the “Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line.”
The “Chiba Aqualine Marathon 2018” aims to be memorable event for all those involved including runners, onlookers, and volunteers by creating a chance for people from both inside and outside Japan to experience Chiba hospitality and attractions.
Applications will be accepted online from Friday, April 13 at 12:00 pm to Tuesday, May 8 at 5:00 pm.
We are expecting many entries!
■ Official Home Page
Simplified Chinese: http://chiba-aqualine-marathon.com/2018/scn/
Traditional Chinese: http://chiba-aqualine-marathon.com/2018/tcn/
Chiba Aqualine Marathon Planning Committee Office
Telephone: 043-223-4107 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Kyoto City, a new lodging tax will be implemented starting October 1, 2018
In order to increase the attractiveness of Kyoto City as an international tourism destination and to plan the further promotion of tourism, Kyoto City will impose a lodging tax on all guests staying within Kyoto City limits starting on October 1, 2018.
The municipality plans to use the tax revenue to conduct a more balanced method of city planning to make Kyoto both a favorable place to live and to visit.
■ Outline of Lodging Tax System
Purpose This measure is to gather funds necessary to plan tourism promotions and to help increase Kyoto’s attractiveness as an international tourism destination.
Payment Method All persons staying in lodging facilities within Kyoto City limits will pay the lodging tax (with their lodging fee) to the operator of the facility, then the operator will pay these fees to Kyoto City.
Tax Rates Lodging fee per person per night
・Less than 20,000 JPY 200 JPY
・From 20,000 JPY to 49,999 JPY 500 JPY
・More than 50,000 JPY 1,000 JPY
■For more details please visit the Kyoto City Website:
Tax Section, Tax Department,
Kyoto City Administration & Finance Bureau
The 7th Sendai International Music Competition is scheduled to be held in May and June 2019
The Sendai International Music Competition was established by the City of Sendai in 2001 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the city. The Competition consists of two sections, piano and violin, and is highly unique in that it designates the concerto as the center of repertoire. Since 2005, the Competition has been a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and has a high reputation for being the first step to a successful career for young musicians.
Piano Section: Saturday, May 25, 2019 － Sunday, June 9, 2019
Violin Section: Saturday, June 15, 2019 － Sunday, June 30, 2019
Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai (Sendai City Youth Cultural Center)
Our Jury is made up of 22 international musicians and educators, to provide rigorous adjudication.
Piano Section Jury
Chairperson: NOJIMA Minoru (JPN)
Vice-Chairpersons: UEDA Katsumi, Matti RAEKALLIO (FIN)
Members: Michel BÉROFF (FRA), Andrea BONATTA (ITA), Richard DYER (USA), Vadym KHOLODENKO (UKR), KIM Daejin (KOR), NODAIRA Ichiro (JPN), Michael SCHÄFER (GER), Oxana YABLONSKAYA (USA/ISR)
Violin Section Jury
Chairperson: HORIGOME Yuzuko (JPN)
Vice-Chairpersons: HORI Masafumi (JPN), Boris BELKIN (BEL)
Members: Olivier CHARLIER (FRA), Rodney FRIEND (GBR), KATO Tomoko (JPN), Younguck KIM (USA), Cho-Liang LIN (USA), Joel SMIRNOFF (USA), Isabelle VAN KEULEN (NED), and one other (11 total)
Application Period: From June 14, 2018 through November 14, 2018
Eligibility: Open to candidates of all nationalities born on or after January 1, 1991.
Sendai International Music Competition Organizing Committee, City of Sendai, Sendai Cultural Foundation
Secretariat of Sendai International Music Competition
3-27-5 Asahigaoka, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyai Pref., 981-0904 Japan
(Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai)
TEL: (+81) 22-727-1872 E-mail: email@example.com
Official website: http://simc.jp/en/
【Niigata City 】26th Annual Shoku no Jin Food Festival
Three Days of Niigata’s Most Delicious Foods in One Place
For the three days of this year’s Shoku no Jin Food Festival, approximately 80 restaurants will be serving an array of fan favorites such as sushi, sake, and other dishes that Niigata prides itself on. The Shoku no Jin Food Festival is a part of the bigger Niigata Winter Shoku no Jin (Food Campaign). All winter long, participating eateries around the city serve special dishes for the campaign at their restaurants and then bring them, along with other dishes, to one of the locations of this 3-day festival.
◆When: Saturday, February 10– Monday, February 12, 2018
10am – 5pm* (Monday until 4pm*)
*While supplies last
◆Where: 1. Furumachi Mall (5, 6, & 7 Bancho)
2. Bandai City Park (Bandai City Bus Center Building 2nd fl)
3. Niigata Furusato Mura
Niigata City Tourism and International Affairs Department Tourism Policy Division
*See the event website for more details.
(URL) http://www.shokuno-jin.com/ (Website available in Japanese only)
【Kyoto City】Traditional Industry Day
In Kyoto City the vernal equinox has been designated as Traditional Industry Day, and in 2018 there are various events planned around this day. Please see event information published in guidebooks, which are also available online in available digital form.
■Kimono de Odekake- Excursions in Kimono
March 1 – 31, 2018
People wearing kimono can enter various cultural and sightseeing facilities for free (coupons provided in guidebooks are required for free entry).
■Traditional Industry Day at Miyako Messe
March 17-18, 2018
Exhibition of works, sales, demonstrations, and hands-on experience are all available during this period.
■Kimono de Irodori-Concert- Colorful Concert in Kimono
March 21, 2018
General Admission 4,000yen
This event is being held so that concertgoers can enjoy music in kimono. On the day of the event if you are dressed in kimono you will receive 2,000yen cashback and a 1,000yen voucher for concessions at the concert.
■Traditional Industries of Kyoto website:
Kyoto City Industry and Tourism Bureau, Commerce and Industry Department, Traditional Industries Section
【Kyoto City】Kyoto Marathon 2018 (Sun. February 18, 2018 No postponement for rain)
Whether you run, cheer, or support- you play a leading role!
16,000 runners will start the Kyoto Marathon 2018 race from the Nishikyogoku Athletic Park traveling around a course designed to give runners a sense of the city’s scenic beauty while passing by some of Kyoto’s most famous sightseeing spots, including 7 World Heritage Sites, before finishing at Heian-jingu Shrine.
On Fri. February 16 and Sat. February 17, 2018, the Okoshiyasu Welcome Square will be open to the general public for everyone to enjoy (free entry), featuring booths from Kyoto Marathon sponsors, along with stalls selling food from famous eateries, and tea ceremony seatings.
■For details, please visit the official website: http://www.kyoto-marathon.com/
■For Inquiries: Kyoto Marathon Executive Committee Office
(Kyoto City Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau, Sports Promotion Office)
Tel: 075-366-0314 Fax: 075-213-3367
【Kawasaki City】Opening of the Kawasaki International Eco-Tech Fair 2018! (Feb. 1st, 2nd)
We are pleased to announce that Kawasaki city will host “Kawasaki International Eco-Tech Fair 2018”, with the goal of spreading awareness throughout the global community regarding the world-class environmental technology possessed by its businesses/other organizations and helping to open new markets/sales channels for exhibitors and visitors while serving as a unique networking opportunity for all involved. As well as booths from both national and international companies and businesses, there will also be a variety of events such as a panel discussion with simultaneous interpretation to commemorate the 10th anniversary of this event, and an exhibition etc. featuring the “De Lorean” from the “Back to the Future” franchise.
■ Date and Time: February 1st (Thurs), 2nd (Fri) 2018
■ Venue: Todoroki Arena, Kawasaki City (1-3, Todoroki, Nakahara Ward)
■ Point of Contact: Kawasaki International Eco-Tech Fair Organizing Committee Secretariat (c/o International Economic Affairs Office, Economic and Labor Affairs Bureau, Kawasaki City)
Tel: 044-200-2313 Fax: 044-200-3920
Guided walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding the Kyoto Imperial Palace
& local traditional craft workshops in English
As you walk on this guided tour through the neighborhood surrounding the Kyoto Imperial Palace discovering hints of the remaining old townscape lined with Kyo-machiya houses, shrines, and Jizo statues, you will visit some of the area’s many traditional workshops and stores allowing you to experience the daily mix of the old capital’s over 1,000-year history with its modern culture. This tour will fill you with memories of Kyoto’s resounding traditional culture.
Dates: Every week on Tuesday & Friday, starts at 9 am (approx. 90min)
Tour cost: 2,000 JPY (1,500 JPY for guests staying at Noku Kyoto)
*Age restriction: participants should be over 10 years of age
For reservations: Please contact the Noku Kyoto concierge desk directly
(Noku Kyoto guests can make advance reservations)
Guided walking tour of the neighborhood around the Furokawacho Shopping Arcade in English
First you will eat breakfast together, then walk around in taking in the tranquil morning atmosphere and seeing the sights around the Furokawa Shopping Arcade, including the Shirakawa neighborhood, Awata Shrine, Chion-in Temple, and more. This guided tour will give you an opportunity to experience daily life in Kyoto and have friendly exchanges with neighborhood residents.
Dates: Every week on Thursday, starts at 8:30am (approx. 2.5 hours)
Tour cost: 2,800 JPY (breakfast included)
*Age restriction: participants should be over 6 years of age
For reservations: Please contact the Furokawacho Shopping Arcade directly (102 Furokawa-cho, 102 Old River)
Nijo-jo Castle Guided Tour in English
This tour will help you deepen your understanding of Nijo-jo Castle’s history and cultural properties, along with the various historical figures connected to the castle. In easy to understand English, the Nijo-jo Castle guided tour offers you insider’s access by allowing you to view areas not generally open to the public.
Dates: Every day*, starts at 10am or at 12:30pm (approx. 90min)
*In July, August, December, January tours are only on Tuesday
*No tours during the New Year’s holiday period December 26 - January 4
Tour cost: 2,000 JPY (Admission fee to Nijo-jo Castle is required)
For details: https://kyoto.travel/en/latest_news/80
For same-day reservations: please visit the Nijo-jo Castle Tour Ticket Booth
*private tours are available
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26th Minzoku no Bunka ni Furerutsudoi: Encounters and Exchanges with Rich Cultural Traditions
As part of international understanding activities, schools located within Kyoto City will hold an afternoon of performances, including music, featuring the traditions of various ethnic groups in the hopes that through the appreciation of these performances the audience will have the opportunity to learn more about the diversity of different cultures and traditions, thus growing to respect the value of each.
Date: Sat. February 3, 2018, 1:30 - 3:45pm* (Doors open at 1pm)
*Times are approximated; actual times may vary depending on performances
Location: Kyoto City Kuretake Culture Center (35-1 Kyomachi Minami 7-chome, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto)
Please contact the person in charge of human rights education at,
Tel: 075-222-3815 Fax: 075-231-3117
School Guidance Section, Curriculum and Counseling Department,
Kyoto City Board of Education
Kyoto City Graph 2017 English Language Issue!
Introducing the charms of Kyoto not seen in tourism pamphlets
Kyoto City Graph is a photography based publication which centers on using photos evocative of Kyoto to convey the city’s charm. The theme for this issue is Kyoto Culture and its Power Connection, and it is further divided into 4 sections: art, technique, creation, and town. Photographs, such as the one of local people taking a shortcut through the grounds of a traditional temple complex, will give you a view of the Kyoto not normally seen in pamphlets.
Office of the Mayor, Kyoto City General Planning Bureau 075-222-3094
(public relations contact person)
[Kawasaki City] Taro Okamoto and the development of Media Art: featuring works by Katsuhiro Yamaguchi
After World War II, Okamoto did not merely limit his artistic expression to paintings; he also began to explore a variety of mediums in which to present his artistic expression. Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, who embraced Okamoto’s philosophies, also made a great contribution in establishing the concept of media art. This exhibition, in addition to displaying Okamoto and Yamaguchi’s work, is set to introduce the works of ten contemporary artists who have played active roles in creating media art inspired by Okamoto and Yamaguchi’s great efforts.
Dates: ～ Sunday, January 28,2018
Location: Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki Tel: 044-900-9898
[Chiba Prefecture] The site of the Jomon Era “Kasori Shell Mounds” has been
designated as a national “Special Historical Site”
“Kasori Shell Mounds” (Chiba city), which shows people’s life and culture during the Jomon Era, are the first shell mounds in Japan to be designated as a national “Special Historical Site.” The Kasori Shell Mounds are a set of ruins from the mid to late Jomon Era (approx. 5,000 to 3,000 years ago) and among about 2,400 other Jomon Era ruins, they are known as one of the largest “Mura Shell Mounds.” Mura Shell Mounds commonly held the villages of ancient people. In the Chiba City Kasori Shell Mounds Site Museum, excavated cross-sections of the shell layer are exhibited using a special preserving method. The displays of Jomon pottery, stone tools, as well as animal, fish and human bones explain how people lived around Kasori shell mounds. A variety of programs including pottery making are offered on site. The Kasori Shell Museum welcomes you to experience the Jomon Era!
○Inquires：Chiba City Board of Education Office Lifelong Learning Department
Cultural Education and Properties Division
[Kyoto City] City of Kyoto tries to reach the millennial generations abroad with striking videos
White faced performers called “HEISEI-KIZOKU” are seen in both traditional/contemporary Kyoto scenery, expressing Kyotoites’ unique lifestyle through animated dance
Details: https://youtu.be/-Vgxp-Etbec(120sec.), https://youtu.be/0mvQik3CZ5w (30sec.) press release: http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/sogo/page/0000226455.html
Contact: Rie Doi（Ms）
City of Kyoto
【Sendai City】Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake: Sendai Arahama Elementary School have been opened to the public.
It is Sendai city’s goal to never again let people fall victim to tsunami, to pass on the lessons we have learned, and to convey the real threat of tsunami to future generations. For these reasons, the ruins of the Arahama Elementary School building, along with other records, will be preserved, and opened to the public.
Please see the following websites for more information:
■Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake: Sendai Arahama Elementary School (SENDAI Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City Website)
■Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake: Sendai Arahama Elementary School (Sendai City Official Website)
■Brochure about Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake: Sendai Arahama Elementary School (PDF：1,487KB) (Sendai City Official Website）
○Inquiries: Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City Promotion Office, City of Sendai
【Chiba Prefecture】A Digital Pamphlet for Visitors to Japan
Chiba Prefecture has made a digital pamphlet highlighting 30 travel routes and nearly 250 tourism sites within the prefecture that have been made popular through social media. Facing the Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games and the growing number of tourists from abroad, the guide aims to increase tourism within the prefecture.
The pamphlet introduces a wide variety of popular locations within Chiba Prefecture including routes for Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and the surrounding area, Sawara City’s Edo Townscape, Katori-jingu Shrine, and routes filled with the nature wonders of Minamiboso.
- The Digital Pamphlet can be found here:
- Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture Tourism Planning Division
TEL: 043-223-2415 FAX: 043- 225-7345
【Sendai City】Sendai DRR Newsletter Vol.1&2 Has Been Issued.
Having experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake, Sendai City once again realized that cities are exposed to a variety of disaster threats. Based on the lessons learned from this disaster, The City of Sendai is proceeding to build a ‘Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City,’ which will be prepared for threats from future disasters and climate changes.
Sendai City issues a Sendai DRR Newsletter to share experiences and lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake experienced in Sendai and the Tohoku region, convey measures for preventing and mitigating disasters by various stakeholders, and introduce the initiatives that Sendai is implementing in its efforts to become a ‘Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City.’
You can find the first and the second edition of the newsletter below.
Please see the following websites for more information:
○Inquiries: Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City Promotion Office, City of Sendai
Telephone: +81(0)22-214-8098 Fax: +81(0)22-214-8497
【Chiba Prefecture】The Charm and Attraction of Chiba in Video
As the prefecture looks forward to the Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games, Chiba Prefecture has released a second installment of the "Chiba Prefecture Image Enhancement Video" in an effort to increase the number of international tourists and entice international training camps to visit Chiba.
The video introduces the allure of Chiba Prefecture by expressing the seasonal wonders of the prefecture with dynamic aerial footage including the "2016 Chiba Aqualine Marathon" and "Byobuga-ura Cliffs."
Both the 30sec and 2min versions of the video can be found on the Chiba Prefecture Homepage.
○Chiba Prefecture Image Enhancement Video
○Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture Press and Public Relations Division TEL: 043-223-2265 FAX :043-227-0146
【Kawasaki City】The Japan Open Air Folk House Museum introduces a multilingual audio guide
The majority of houses on exhibit at the Japan Open Air Folk Museum were originally built around 200-300 years ago, seven houses of which are officially designated as “Important Cultural Properties”. On the s special occasion of the 50th anniversary, we launch a new smartphone app to act as an audio guide for visitors. By downloading this special app, you will be able to listen to an audio guide while viewing a layout map of the museum, precious older pictures, and check information regarding events. In addition to this app, please also refer to the brochures located in the museum, which are available in 10 different languages.
■How to Use: Download the app for free at either the App Store or Google Play Store
■Languages Available: Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean
■Languages Available: Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified and traditional), French, Korean, German, Spanish， Portuguese, and Filipino, Thai (coming soon) * You may download from the following website: http://english.nihonminkaen.jp/
■ Inquiries: Japan Open Air Folk House Museum TEL: 044-922-2181
■ Cultural Properties Section， Kawasaki City Board of Education TEL: 044-200-3305
Official Website: http://english.nihonminkaen.jp/
【Chiba Prefecture】Developed a new technology that makes it possible to determine the species of fish just by checking water
A research group based in the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba, has developed a new technology that can determine fish species by analyzing a cup of water. This method analyzes environmental DNA, which is suspended in the water column and is released from fishes through mucus, feces, etc. This groundbreaking technique enables researchers to monitor a diverse range of fishes over a wide area in a short period of time without special knowledge on fishes in that area. Under traditional methods, such as observing fish by diving or catching them, it was impossible to achieve this kind of monitoring. By applying this technique, researchers are expected to discover more unknown fish species. For example, the research group has used this method to discover two new deep-sea fish species (known as Mirror Belly genus Monacoa) off the coast of Australia.
■ Inquiry：Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba
■ Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences,
TEL：043-265-3111 (+81-43-265-3111) E-mail : email@example.com
【Yamanashi Prefecture】6th Issue of Local PR Magazine “Yamanashi Tekuteku” Released
6th issue of “Yamanashi Tekuteku” has been released to introduce unique local resources and various attractions and charms of Yamanashi Prefecture in depth. The theme of the 6th issue is “Great Politician: Takeda Shingen”, reporting on his excellent state management and the historical sites associated with him.
■URL：http://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/koucho/tekuteku.html (information available in Japanese only)
■Inquiries: Yamanashi Prefectural Government Public Relations Division 055-223-1339
[Yamanashi Prefecture] ”Sports Camp Guide YAMANASHI, JAPAN ” Now Launched
We are happy to announce that our new sports camps website aimed at foreign athletes, ”Sports Camp Guide Yamanashi, Japan ” was opened on January 19th, 2017. It can be accessed using the URL below. This homepage provides a wide range of information that will be necessary when choosing a location for sports camps, starting with summaries of the sports facilities in Yamanashi Prefecture, its location next to the Tokyo Metropolis, its brilliant nature, its fortunate weather, its support system and messages from top athletes who have links to the prefecture. We in Yamanashi Prefecture have created this website to provide more sports related information than ever before, and so we hope that you will keep it active, and use it often.
PDF data of each sports facility: English / Spanish / Portuguese
Digital pamphlet: Japanese / English / Spanish / Portuguese / French
■ Inquiry: Yamanashi Sports Camp Support Desk
Yamanashi Pref. International Strategy Office: +81-(0)-55-223-1545
[Chiba Prefecture] The 2020 Olympic Surfing Venue will be in Chiba!
The International Olympic Committee officially announced that the town of Ichinomiya’s Tsurigasaki Beach, located in southern Kujukuri, will be the venue for the first-ever official Olympic surfing competition as part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Many national and international events have been held on Tsurigasaki Beach, and it is a favored location by many surfers. This event is in addition to the already three Olympic (Taekwondo, Fencing, and Wrestling) and four Paralympic (Wheelchair Fencing, Taekwondo, Goalball, and Sitting Volleyball) events scheduled to be held at Makuhari Messe. A total of eight events from the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Chiba Prefecture.
■ Inquiries: Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Division TEL:043-223-2428 FAX:043-225-4467
[Chiba Prefecture] A New type berry, the “CHI-BA+BERRY”
“CHI-BA+BERRY” is a new strain of strawberry, which Chiba Prefecture has had under development for a long time. “CHI-BA+BERRY” is large, sweet, juicy, and has a slight tanginess that makes it just right. The new berry also has a high resistance to the major strawberry fungal disease known as “powdery mildew.” The “CHI-BA+BERRY” is now being produced on about 50 strawberry farms across Chiba Prefecture. Strawberry picking, where you can pick the sweet and ripe “CHI-BA+BERRY,” can be enjoyed starting from January and through the spring.
■ Major strawberry picking farms (Japanese only)
■ Contact: Chiba Prefecture Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department,
Distribution and Marketing Division TEL 043-223-2963 FAX:043-227-8307