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post date : 2017.02.20

 【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.  

 

■URLhttp://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/koucho/tekuteku.html (information available in Japanese only)

■Inquiries: Yamanashi Prefectural Government Public Relations Division  055-223-1339

 

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 [Kawasaki City] "The 20th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art"

 

Taro Okamoto was a pioneer, forging the path to a new generation and constantly seeking out fresh challenges in his life. The Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art was founded to celebrate those artists who—in the spirit of Okamoto—use their unfettered point of view/way of thinking in order to deliver those unpleasant truths that modern society most needs to hear. On this, the 20th occasion this award’s presentation, we received 499 individual applications, from which we selected 26 individuals (groups) to receive the prize. At "The 20th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art", we will have all 26 of these individuals’ (groups’) work on display. Please come and enjoy these ambitious pieces, which push the boundaries of what it means to be art.

 

■ Period of the exhibition: Until April 9th, 2017 9:30 a.m. ~ 5:00 P.M. (must enter by 4:30 p.m.)
■ Closed: Mondays (excluding March 20th); March 21st (Tues.); March 22nd (Wed.)
■ Details: http://www.taromuseum.jp/english/index_english.html
■ Inquiries: Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki 044-900-9898
Citizens’ and Cultural Affairs Promotion Office, Citizens’ and Cultural Affairs Bureau, Kawasaki City 044-200-3713

 

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[Kyoto City] Traditional Industry Day 2017

 

Vernal Equinox Day (Shumbun no hi) has been designated as “Traditional Industry Day” in Kyoto and there will be many related programs and events on the days surrounding it. Please see the official website for more information.

 

Main Events

■ Kimono de Odekake  Free of Charge  (March 1 - 31)

Those who wear kimonos are able to enter some cultural/tourism facilities for free. (A free entry ticket from the official guidebook is necessary. The guidebook is available on the following website: http://densannohi.com/ )

■ Kyoto City Traditional Industry Day at Miyakomesse (March 18 - 20)

Exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops will be held for free of charge.

■ Kimono x Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Irodori Concert (March 20)

A concert for people wearing kimonos will be held. The admission fee is 2,000 yen.

 

■ For more information: Kyoto Traditional Industry Day Official Website  http://densannohi.com/

■ For Inquires: Kyoto City Industry and Tourism Bureau, Commerce and Industry Department,

Traditional Industries Section   Tel: 075-222-3337

 

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[Niigata City] International Exchange Concert by Young Musicians

 

In collaboration with the Swiss-based “Ayame Foundation” that supports music education, Niigata City will be holding an international exchange concert by young musicians. 

 

<Commemorative Concert for the 98th Anniversary of the Friendship between Japan and the Principality of Liechtenstein/ The 12th SWISS WEEK 2017 Mathis Bereuter Piano Recital>

   Date: March 18, 2017 (Sat) 15:00 Performer: Mathis Bereuter (from Germany)

<9th International Exchange Concert by Young Japanese and Korean Musicians 2017 “Baroque Trio”>

 Organizer: Young Japanese and Korean Musicians Exchange Committee 

  Date: March 26, 2017 (Sun) 15:00  Performers: HanNa Lee, Shio Ohshita, HyeonHo Jeon

■Venue: Niigata City Akiha Ward Cultural Center

■Tickets: General Admission 2,500 yen *A ticket for both performances is 4,000 yen (1,000 yen discount)

■Contact:  Niigata City Cultural Policy Division TEL:025-226-2565, FAX:025-230-0450

 

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[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.

 

■ Website:  http://www.sports-camp.pref.yamanashi.jp/
■ Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/yamanashisports
■ Language: Website: Japanese / English    

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

 

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[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.

 

■ URL: http://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/oripara/surfin/kyougikaijyoukettei.html

■ Inquiries: Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Division    TEL:043-223-2428 FAX:043-225-4467 

 

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[Kyoto City] Special Exhibition of Commercial & Technical Schools in the Modern Times of Kyoto

 

The population of Kyoto decreased on a massive scale due to upheaval at the end of the Edo Period and the start of the Meiji Period. In the early Meiji Period, Kyoto was revived through the strengths of human resources created through education, such as with the establishment of Bangumi Elementary School and then later with the striking development of commercial and technical schools. This exhibition features historical materials from some of the schools that supported the development of modern Kyoto, such as one of the commercial schools (now Nishikyo High School), as well as some of the technical schools (currently Rakuyo Technical High School, Fushimi Technical High School, and Kyoto Kogakuin High School), revealing a look at what schools and students were like during this period.   

 

Opening Period: Sat. December 17, 2016 – Tues. March 14, 2017

Venue & Inquiry: Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History (TEL: 075-344-1305)

For more information: http://kyo-gakurehaku.jp/ (Japanese only)

 

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[Kyoto City] Announcing the launch of the Clematis Website, a place to search for Kyoto Visitor Hosts-Kyoto City Certified Interpreter Guides 

 

In December of 2015, Kyoto City and the Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau started an educational program to prepare individuals to become Kyoto certified interpreter guides called Kyoto Visitor Hosts, who can convey in a foreign language the deeper meanings of the many attractions within Kyoto City. In September of 2016, a website called Clematis was launched for overseas tourists and tourism operators to search for available Kyoto Visitor Hosts. On the website, you can search by date and preferred language and receive results with guides that match your needs. The website also allows you to directly contact and consult guides directly with any questions you might have.

 

■ URLhttps://www.kyotovisitorshost.com/en/

Inquiries: Kyoto City Industry and Tourism Bureau, Tourism and MICE Promotion Office Tel:075-746-2255

 

 

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 [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)

URL:https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/ryuhan/ichigo/chi-baberry2.html

■ Contact: Chiba Prefecture Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department, 

Distribution and Marketing Division     TEL 043-223-2963  FAX:043-227-8307

 

 

 

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