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post date : 2016.12.02

【Kyoto City】 Seminar for Promoting Traditional Industries Worldwide is being held under the theme of “Kaeru”  (A return/transformation) 


This seminar is being held, for people engaged in traditional industries or people with an interest in traditional industries, in order to open up the possibilities related to traditional industries and to offer a place for different viewpoints and exchanges on how to impart the charms of traditional industries to a wider worldwide audience.


■ Date: Friday December 9, 2016 2pm-5:30pm

■ Location: Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology and Culture, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Auditorium

■ For Details: (Japanese only)

■ For Inquiries: Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology and Culture   TEL: 075-326-6100

Kyoto City Industry and Tourism Bureau, New Industry Promotion Office      TEL:  075-222-3324





【Kyoto City】 Heiankyo Sousei-kan Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition -  Scenes from Ancient Kyoto Brought Back to Life: a world through birds-eye view reconstructions of historical ruins


This exhibition features model reconstructions of Heiankyo and this allows visitors to better appreciate the form of the ancient capital. In addition, you can learn more through fun experiences, such as dressing in Heian period dress and trying out games played by the imperial court. In order to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibition will be held for 1 year and will features paintings by Toshio Kajikawa of historical ruins and many artifacts recovered during archaeological excavations.


■ Exhibition Period: Currently – June 3, 2017 (Sat)   *The museum is closed on Tuesday

■ Entry Time: 10 am- 5pm (Last entry 4:50pm)

■ Location: A Memorial to Classical Times: Kyoto City Heiankyo Sousei-kan Museum  

■ Exhibition: Second Phase  “Heiankyo”  September 26, 2016 (Mon)- January 30, 2016 (Mon)

                      Third Phase    “Historical Ruins in Kyoto City”  February 13, 2017 (Mon)- June 3, 2017 (Sat)

■ Details (Japanese only)

■ Inquiries: Kyoto City Lifelong Education Center (075-812-7222) 




【Chiba Prefecture】 Unique  and Innovative Products: “Chiba Prefecture Certified Monodzukuri Products”


Chiba Prefecture is home to many small and medium-sized businesses that utilize their creativity and innovation to develop unique products. The prefecture supports them by designating outstanding products developed by these businesses as “Chiba Prefecture Certified Monodzukuri Products,” and promotes new economic opportunities by introducing these products at a variety of exhibitions and other events. “Monodzukuri” refers to the craftsmanship and expertise required to create such high-quality products. During 2016, Chiba Prefecture accepted applications and certified 6 unique and innovative products, including a sports wheelchair for children, and an operation posture support appliance developed for the needs of surgeons. Since the Chiba Prefecture Certified Monodzukuri Products system was established in 2006, a total of 138 products have been certified.


■ URL (Japanese only)

■ Contact:Chiba Prefecture Industrial Promotion Division TEL:043-223-2717 




【Yamanashi Prefecture】 Release of 5th Issue of Local PR Magazine “Yamanashi Tekuteku”


The fifth issue of “Yamanashi Tekuteku” has been released, a local promotional magazine which investigates and introduces unique local resources and attractions from Yamanashi to those outside of the prefecture. In this issue, the theme is “a fascination for glittering jewelry”, covering jewelry designers and artists working actively in Yamanashi Prefecture.


■ URL (information available in Japanese only)
■ Inquiries: Yamanashi Prefectural Government Public Relations Division 055-223-1339




【Chiba Prefecture】 Experience the Olympic and Paralympic Sports to be Hosted in Chiba


Seven events from the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. This includes three Olympic events, Taekwondo, Fencing, Wrestling, and four Paralympic events, Wheelchair Fencing ,Taekwondo, Goalball and Sitting Volleyball. Chiba Prefecture will hold sporting events with an Olympic medalist and winners of the international and national games in order to familiarize citizens with the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. These events will include demonstrations by the athletes and offer citizens a chance to try them out for themselves.


■ Fencing and Wheelchair fencing

Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016 ①13:00~14:45 ②15:00~16:45

Place: Lalaport Kashiwanoha, Christal Coat (Kashiwa City)

■ Taekwondo

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016 ①13:00~14:40 ②15:10~16:50

Place: Aeon Mall Makuhari New City, Grand Mall (Chiba City)


■ URL: (Japanese only)

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





【City of Kyoto】 Locations Decided for the Kansai World Masters Games 2021


The World Masters Games are held every 4 years and in general the games are an international athletic competition for those over the age of 30 who love sports. In 2021, the games will be held in locations across Kansai. The Kansai World Masters Games 2021 marks the first time the games will be held in Asia and over 50,000 people are expected to participate. Events and locations have been decided, and Kyoto will host the Opening Ceremony as well as 4 events: track and field, badminton, squash, and karate.  


■ For Details: Please visit the Kansai World Masters Games 2021 Website


■ For Inquires: Kyoto City Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau, Sports Promotion Office

TEL: 075-366-0168 FAX: 075-213-3303




【City of Kobe】 About Tour Passes for Foreign Tourists Visiting Japan


The city of Kobe offers a special package of City Loop bus one-day pass and City bus & subway one-day pass in order to encourage foreign tourists to see more sights of Kobe (1,000 yen, tax incl. package price). Sales period is from Oct. 1st, 2016 to Mar. 31st, 2017. Presenting passport (proof of short-term stay) is required. The discount coupons (Kobe Welcome Coupon, Kobe official travel guide app. info) are attached.


■  Details:

■  Contact

・Sales counter ( English-speaking staff available ): Kobe City Information Center TEL: 078-322-0220

・About this project (only in Japanese ):

Public Transportation Division, Transportation Policy Dept.,

Housing and Urban Planning Bureau, City of Kobe  Kojima/ Iizuka  TEL: 078-322-6973




[City of Kawasaki] Art for Life: Earthquake (Myth of Tomorrow) Exhibition (October 22, 2016~) 


Japan is a country in which large scale earthquakes could strike anywhere and at any time—as a result, we are forced to live out our lives ever-aware of the possibility that, at any moment, an earthquake or tsunami could arrive and wipe out everything we have.  What can art-related activities such as creative and literary works do to help those stuck in the midst of the despair and agony that accompany these earthquakes? At this year’s exhibition—and on the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake—we will explore this question through an examination of artwork created by victims/artists from the disaster-stricken Tohoku region, as well as through the contemplation of Taro Okamoto’s iconic masterpiece “Myth of Tomorrow”.


■ Exhibition Period: October 22, 2016  ~ January 9, 2017   9:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (Last entry at 4:30 P.M.)

(Holidays: Mondays (Except January 9th), November 4th & 24th, December 29th ~ January 3rd)

■ Details: (Japanese only)

■ Inquiries: Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki 044-900-9898

Citizens’ and Cultural Affairs Promotion Office, Kawasaki City 044-200-3713




[City of Kyoto] Public Opening of the Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa (October 1 - )


The Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa (formerly owned by the Mitsui family) was built by Mitsui Hachiro-emon-Takamine, the 10th heir of the Mitsui Kita family. The villa with its main building built in Kyoto during the modern period, and large scale residential complex from the Taisho period has been preserved in good condition, and was designated as an Important Cultural Property in 2011 for its great historical value. During the 2012 fiscal year, the villa began receiving a national subsidy, and full-scale repair and preservation work was carried out. The villa will be open to the public starting this October.       


■ Opening Date: October 1, 2016 (Sat)   ■ Time: 9am-5pm (Entry before 4:30pm)

■ Closed: Wednesday (if Wednesday is a public holiday, the villa will close on Thursday instead), December 29 through December 31  

■ Entry Fee: Adults 410 yen, Junior & High school students 300 yen, Elementary school students 200 yen

■ Inquiry: TEL 075-366-4321 (Management Office)   ■ Website

Cultural Properties Preservation Section, Culture and Arts City Promotion Office,

Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau of Kyoto City (TEL 075-366-1498)





[City of Kyoto]  Opening of the “Mukashi Mukashi Aru Tokoro ni – Kyouzai toshite no Mukashibanashi” Exhibition


Momotaro is currently a well-known tale. It has often been featured in school textbooks and children’s books since 1887 (Meiji 20). Old tales, such as Momotaro, have been presented together with various artists’ charming illustrations, so that children can enjoy and feel a close connection while reading. This exhibition introduces various teaching materials featuring old tales as their subject matter. How did children receive these tales over the years? This exhibition takes a look back at these changes.  


Date: Fri October 7- Tue December 13, 2016

For more Details: (Japanese only)

Location & Inquiries: Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History TEL 075-344-1305 




 [Nara Prefecture] Bus Tour Packages to Experience Nara (for Foreign Tourists)


Nara prefecture offers paid bus tour packages for foreign travelers. The courses are best suited for those who want not just sightseeing, but also to experience something special with a professional tour guide.


①  Every Tuesday: Course A. Jiko-in Zen Temple and Scenic Sights in Nara in Season

Make matcha green tea and relax while viewing a beautiful Japanese garden.

②  Every Thursday: Course B. Taima-dera Temple and Sumo Experience

Enjoy tracing an image of Buddha, wearing mawashi and trying sumo wrestling in the ring.

③  Every Friday: Course C. Miwa and Asuka

Pick fruits in season, visit the birthplace of sake brewing, and enjoy tasting five kinds of sake at abrewery.


■ Media Inquiry: Nara Tourism Improvement Dept., Nara Prefectural Government  TEL: +81-742-27-8051




[Nara Prefecture] Tour of Nara Mahoroba 2016


The Tour of Nara Mahoroba is an annual cycling event that was started in 2013, in which participants canenjoy the nature and history of southern and eastern parts of Nara Prefecture. On Sunday, September 18, the 4th Tour of Nara Mahoroba will be held in Kokoro-no-mori Sogo Fukushi Koen (park) in Uda City as the main venue. It will include three events: Cycling Tour, Cycle Carnival, and the new event, Grass Cycle Race.


■Contact : Official website of the Tour of Nara Mahoroba

■Website :




【Kobe City】  19 non-Japanese Kobe PR Ambassador scheme


The Kobe PR Ambassadors are non-Japanese people who live, work or study in Kobe with a passion for the city, who share their experiences and promote Kobe in English via social media and online. Kobe PR Ambassador posts are shared through the official Kobe PR Ambassador Facebook and Twitter accounts.


■ Ambassador profiles:

■Official accounts: FB  Twitter
■Contact Details:Kobe City Government PR Department     

TEL: 078-322-5013   FAX: 078-322-6007   email:




【Chiba Prefecture】  Four Cities in the Hokuso Region Designated “Japan Heritage” Sites


 The story, “An Edo Travelogue through Four Hokuso Cities(Sakura City, Narita City, Katori City, Choshi City): Feel the Edo Period in Hokuso Townscapes”, which encompasses the cultural assets of four cities and retains the atmosphere of the Edo Period, has been recognized as the first “Japan Heritage” site in Chiba. From the Edo Period to the Meiji Period, these four cities supported the lifestyle and economy of Edo (now Tokyo), which was home to over 1 million people at the time. This history remains in places like the samurai residence in Sakura City, the road to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple in Narita City, the merchant town in Sawara(Katori City), and the Tokawa Fishing Port in Choshi City. Even today, visitors to these cities can feel like they’ve traveled to the Edo Period.


■Japan Heritage: Places rich in local history and character that help tell the story of Japanese culture and tradition recognized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.


(information available in Japanese only)

■Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Board of Education, Cultural Education and Properties Division

TEL:043-223-4082   E-mail




【Kagawa Prefecture】 The Announcement of the Launch of the Website


G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting was successfully held on 29th and 30th April 2016 in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. Through this experience, we will promote and develop our ICT policy further, and try to increase the number of tourists and visitors and stimulate regional communities through an international MICE promotion policy. We would like to introduce our website which contains the attractions of Takamatsu, Kagawa along with what’s happened at the ICT ministers’ meeting.


■ URL:

■ For further information: Exchange Promotion Division, Kagawa Prefectural Government

   TEL: (087)-832-3380  E-mail:




 【Chiba Prefecture】    Multilingual Guides for Shopping and Eating


Chiba City, where seven events of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place, has created a multilingual website called the Chiba Omotenashi Shopping Guide to make eating, shopping, and visiting Chiba City a smoother experience for tourists who don’t speak Japanese. Visitors can browse the list of stores, or search for what they want, such as vegetarian and halal options, and also use a foreign language point-and-speak guide. With these resources in their repertoire, vendors can show tourists Chiba City hospitality despite language barriers.


■Languages:  Japanese, English, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Malay,  Arabic  (15 languages )



Chiba City Tourism Promotion Division  TEL: 043-245-5066

Chiba Prefecture, International Affairs Division  TEL: 043-223-2255   E-mail:




【Yamanashi Prefecture】 Fujisan World Heritage Center Will Open on June 22nd, 2016.


Fujisan World Heritage Center will open on June 22nd as the source of information about Mt. Fuji, the World Cultural Heritage Site. At the center of the museum, 1/1000-scaled paper object of Mt. Fuji has been installed so the different colorful scenery of Mt. Fuji can be projected on it. We also introduce the beginning of Mt. Fuji, the history of the mountain worship, art and literary works inspired by Mt. Fuji, and so on.


■ Opening hours 8:30 am – 5:00 pm    *It may change during summer season. Museum is closed on 4th Tuesday every month.

■ Admission JPY420 per adult.

■ Address 6663-1, Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minami-tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Pref.

■ Website

■ Inquiry

Yamanashi Pref. World Heritage Mt. Fuji Division: +81-(0)-55-223-1316

Fujisan World Heritage Center: +81-(0)-555-72-2314




[Chiba Prefecture]  Enhancing the image of Chiba Prefecture through video


Chiba Prefecture has produced a video introducing the prefecture in order to attract training camps and invite more foreign tourists for the upcoming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In each of the two versions (30 seconds long and 2 minutes long), seasonal images of Japanese beauty—spring cherry blossoms, summer fireworks, autumn festivals, and so on—are accompanied by music. The videos are available on the Chiba Prefectural website.


■Chiba Prefecture PR video:


Chiba Prefecture Government Office, Press and Public Relations Division

TEL: 043-223-2265  FAX: 043-227-0146




【Kyoto City】First in Japan! Foreigner-Friendly Taxi Stand trial has started!


The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in cooperation with the taxi industry has established Foreigner-Friendly Taxi stands in Kyoto at the JR Kyoto Station Central Entrance (available 9:00am-5:00pm) and at the Shinkansen Hachijo Entrance (available 24hrs).


All drivers of the Foreigner-Friendly Taxi have had training in foreign languages; the taxis accept credit cards and IC cards, and have enough space for more than 2 suitcases. No additional fee is required.


Although the taxis give priority to foreigners, they are also available for people with large luggage and others. 



■For inquiries:Tourism and MICE Promotion Office, Industry and Tourism Bureau, Kyoto City

TEL: 075-746-2255




【Yamanashi Prefecture】Smartphone Tourism App “FUJISAN ACITIVITIES” Available for Foreigners


In order to assist visitors to enjoy beautiful nature Yamanashi has to offer including Mt. Fuji and experience various programs, we have started smartphone tourism app. It provides information of tourist spots with pictures, navigation function with travel times and routes, and information on free Wi-Fi spots around the area (Supported OS:i OS, Android OS, free of charge).


■ Name:「FUJISAN ACTIVITIES」Yamanashi Official Guide by NAVITIME

■ Languages:Japanese, English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, Thai, Indonesian

■ Main Services:Information on tourist spots, nearby facilities information (free Wi-Fi spots, ATM, and information centers), navigation functions, tourism brochures, and language assistance 

■ Download URL   iOS:

Android OS:

 ■Inquiries: Yamanashi Prefectural Tourism Department Tourism Promotion Division 055-223-1557




【Oita Prefecture】 Synchronized Swimming in Hot Springs? A New PR Video is Launched !


Oita Prefecture, which takes first place in Japan with both its number of hot springs and volume of spring water,  has released a new promotional video, “SHINFURO: Synchronized Swimming in Hot Springs”, combining Japanese hot springs and synchronized swimming.


■ Onsen Capital Oita Website:



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