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post date : 2017.11.16

[Kyoto City] The 3rd Kyoto Meat Festival - festival promoting Kyoto Meats


In order to promote the use of local food stuffs and showcase the deliciousness of local Kyoto ingredients, Kyoto restaurants representing different cuisines, such as French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese cooking, will offer original dishes to be served only on the day of the festival using ingredients from around Kyoto Prefecture, including beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy products, vegetables, and more.


There will be a sales area along with an exchange area.


Although for the last 2 years the festival was held at the Kyoto City Hall Plaza, this year the 3rd Kyoto Meat Festival will be held at Okazaki Park just south of Heian-jingu Shrine.


Date: Sat. November 25 - Sun. November 26, 2017; 10am - 7pm

Okazaki Park

Website: Second Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market (in Japanese)


For Inquiries:

Sponsor: Executive Committee for the Kyoto Meat Festival- festival promoting Kyoto Meats

 (Secretariat at Evantail) Tel: 075-712-0750


Co-sponsor: Second Kyoto City Central Wholesale Mark    Tel: 075-681-5791



 [Kyoto City]  20th Anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol 

Opening of the Kyoto Conference on the Global Environment 2017 (KYOTO+20)


In order to mark the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, the first international agreement on climate change in human history, Kyoto City in partnership with the City of Paris and ICLEI will host the Kyoto Conference on the Global Environment 2017 (KYOTO+20). We hope you will attend.


■ Date & Location: Sun. December 10, 2017 10am - 5:40pm    at the Kyoto International Conference Center

■ Program: Please visit the official website.

■ Maximum Number of Participants:    1,000 (Free of charge)*

   *Prior registration is required; participants are accepted in the order they register.

■ How to Register:

  Please use the following methods to register with the Secretariat of KYOTO+20.

・ Official Website:

・ Email Address:

・ FAX: 075-231-6354   ・ TEL: 075-231-6357

・ When you apply, please send the following information: your name, age category, postal code, address, phone number, fax number, email address, as well as the program times you wish to participate (morning plenary session, parallel sessions I, II, or III, and/or afternoon plenary session), and the number of people in your group.*

  *If you are applying for a group of people, please be aware you must apply for the same program items.

  *If you would like a sign language interpreter and/or notetaking, please indicate this at the time you apply.

■ Application Deadline:   Thur. November 30, 2017



[Kyoto City] Symposium- “One of Kyoto’s Treasures: Learn about the charms of bamboo forests and consider together the future of Kyoto’s bamboo forests”


An exhibition and presentation of case studies on utilizing bamboo resources, such as activities to clean up bamboo forests, a lecture on the appeal of using bamboo, Kyoto City activities to revitalize bamboo forests, and more. Kyoto is said to have the most beautiful bamboo forests in Japan. Let us focus on bamboo forests, one of Kyoto’s treasures. Won’t you join us to consider the future of Kyoto’s bamboo forests?


Date: Sun. December 10, 2017  1pm - 4pm
Location: Campus Plaza Kyoto - 4F, Lecture Room 3
For Inquiries & Applications to Participate*: Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center
(open every day from 8am – 9pm, Please be sure to dial the correct number)
Tel: 075-661-3755  Fax: 075-661-5855
*To apply please call during the application period and provide the event name, your name, your telephone number, and the number of people in your party.
Application period: Wed. November 8, 2017 – Tues. December 5, 2017. 



[Kyoto City] 4th Kyoto Meat Festival


In order to widely promote “Kyoto Meat” as a brand of which it is one of the finest and each cut has been fostered by the natural surroundings and food culture of Kyoto to produce a delectable marbled work of art, Kyoto branded meats and items prepared using Kyoto branded meats will be on sale, as well as other types of food and drinks at Okazaki Park in front of Heian Jingu. Although for the last 3 years the festival was held at the Kyoto City Hall Plaza, this year the 4th Kyoto Meat Festival will be held at Okazaki Park.


■ Date: Sun. October 29, 2017 (10am-3pm) 

■ Location: Okazaki Park

■ Information

Second Kyoto City Central Warehouse Market

  Website: (in Japanese)

Kyoto Meat Market & Slaughterhouse Co.

  Website: (in Japanese)

■ Sponsor: Kyoto beef Distribution Promotion Association (Secretariat of Kyoto Meat Market Co., Ltd.)  Tel: 075-681-8781

■ Co-sponsor: Second Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market  Tel: 075-681-5791



[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] Pre-event of the 60th anniversary of the friendship agreement between Paris and Kyoto

Celebration of the 90th anniversary of the foundation of l’Institut français du Japon

Noh Play OMOKAGE - la femme et son ombre by Paul Claudel


Kyoto City will host a new Noh play called OMOKAGE which was adapted from the work La femme et son ombre by Paul Claudel in advance of the 60th anniversary celebration of the friendship agreement between Paris and Kyoto.


Paul Claudel was a playwright, well-known poet, and also a French ambassador (to Japan from 1921-1927). He also made a great contribution towards the founding of the Institut français du Japon- Kansai (formerly Kansai Nichifutsu Gakkan).


Claudel loved Japanese theater, especially kabuki, bunraku, and noh. During his term in Japan, he was tremendously active, and created the noh influenced La femme et son ombre which was performed by kabuki actor Nakamura Fukusuke V at the Imperial Theatre (Teikoku gekijo) in Tokyo.


In 2015 a translation of La femme et son ombre was discovered, and the Kongo Noh Theater company will perform this adaption in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Institut français du Japon- Kansai, an organization which was greatly advocated for by Paul Claudel.


In this special year marking the lead up to the 60th anniversary of the friendship agreement between Paris and Kyoto, OMOKAGE, a play which symbolizes the cultural encounter between France and Japan will be enacted in Kyoto, a city loved by the poet/ambassador, in celebration of the friendship between the two countries.


 Date & Time: Sunday October 29, 2017- Starts at 4pm (doors open at 3:30pm)

 Venue: Kongo Nohgakudo Theatre (Karasuma-nakadachiuri, Kamigyo)

 Ticket Price: Front-row 8,000yen, Side-row 7,000yen, Mid-row & 2nd floor-seats 6,000yen, Student-seats 4,000yen *Reservations required

Ticket Sales:

-Kongo Nohgakudo official website: *available for 24-ho urs

-Kongo Theater Office Counter TEL: 075-441-7222, Open 9:00-17:00, closed on Monday* *Holidays periods may vary.

-Ticket PIA website: TEL: 0570-02-9999 (P-code: 480-219) 


 For Inquires:

Please contact Kongo Nohgakudo, TEL:075-441-7222 FAX:075-451-1008




[Kyoto City] Kyoto 2017 National Culture Exchange Conference on the Korean Embassies


In the Edo period based on invitations from the Tokugawa Shogunate, Korean Embassies were dispatched from the Joseon Kingdom. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the exchange of credentials at Fushimi-jo Castle. An application has been submitted to enter materials related to the Korean Embassies to the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register, and in order to gather attention to this, Kyoto City is hosting various events in places around the city, such as a keynote lecture, dance and drama production, and a parade reviving the procession of the Korean Embassy.


■ Date: Saturday November 18 - Sunday November 19, 2017   -Entry Fee: Free of charge

■ How to Participate: For Sat. November 18, 2017 an application is required (limited to 300 people)

■ Application Period: Fri. October 6 - Mon. November 6, 2017; please use the Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center to apply by telephone, FAX, or email.

・Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center TEL: 075-661-3755, FAX: 075-661-5855


■ Venues/ Opening Times

1) Rohm Theatre Kyoto: South Hall 14:00- 17:00  2) Kokoka Kyoto International Community House 10:00-16:00

■ Related website:

■ For Inquires: Kyoto 2017 National Culture Exchange Conference on the Korean Embassies Executive Committee (Secretariat: Kyoto City International Relations Office, Tel: 075-222-3072)



[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:, (30sec.) press release:


Contact: Rie Doi(Ms)
City of Kyoto Phone +81 75 222 3094 Fax +81 75 213-0286


[Kyoto City] Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2017: Bridge to Paris’s White Night Festival- a Night of Contemporary Art

Every October for one night only Kyoto’s sister city, Paris, stages Nuit Blanche (White Night Festival) and in conjunction with this Kyoto is holding the contemporary art event Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2017 Bridge to Paris’s White Night Festival- a Night of Contemporary Art at venues across the city. This year marks the 7th time the event has been held in Kyoto and the theme for 2017 is “Landscape, the City in Movement” with 4 courses being offered. At the various venues visitors will be able to have encounters with different arts, and enjoy creating different cityscapes of their own. This varied program allows visitors to view performances, exhibitions, projection mapping projects by French artists for free. On this autumn night, we hope you will feel Kyoto’s connection to Paris, and unreservedly enjoy this offering of contemporary art. Free Admission. No reservations required.
■ Date: Friday October 6, 2017

■ Details:

■ Inquiries:
  Kyoto City International Relations Office TEL:075-222-3072 
  Institut français du Japon-Kansai/Kyoto TEL:075-761-2105 


[Nara Prefecture] 32nd National Culture Festival Nara 2017/17th National Arts and Cultural Festival for Persons with Disabilities 

People With and Without Disabilities Joining Together to Make the Event a Success!

Two of the largest events in Japan will be held simultaneously for the first time. The 32nd National Culture Festival Nara 2017 and the 17th National Arts and Cultural Festival for Persons with Disabilities will take place in Nara Prefecture from Friday, September 1 to Thursday, November 30. This event will consist of five major parts, as an integrated festival from the opening to the finale. It will include symposiums, such as a forum on the future of Nara and Japanese culture. There will be international events showcasing music, dancing, and cuisine from around the world, and seminars featuring food and fashion experiences. Through exhibitions, stage events, and film festivals, both people with and without disabilities will be able to have fun together. Every municipality in the prefecture will also be holding art and cultural events in eight different categories. By having people with and without disabilities spread new culture from Nara, we will promote the Nara brand as the origin of Japanese culture, leading up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. During the same time, the Nara Arts Festival will also be held, with the motto “Energizing Nara with the power of culture!” It will collaborate with this integrated festival on events throughout the prefecture to make this fall season in Nara an exciting one. For details, see the website (, official guidebook, official Twitter account, Facebook, or Instagram [all Japanese only]!


Contact Information
National Cultural Festival Nara 2017 Planning Committee Office
Tel: 0742-27-8478



【Kawasaki City】Doraemon x CoroCoro Comic 40-Year Anniversary Exhibition! ~For Children and “Grown-up” Kids alike~

The magazine “CoroCoro Comic” was first published in 1977 by the Shogakukan Corporation, but it would never have come into creation if it weren’t for Doraemon. In order to commemorate the magazine’s 40-year anniversary, the Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum will look back over the history of Doraemon and CoroCoro Comic, exhibiting selected original drawings and also presenting the opinions/comments of different editors and assistants who have worked for the magazine. The Museum Café and the Shop will also offer various limited edition dishes and goods especially for this exhibition.


■ Dates: Saturday, July 8th 2017 ~ Monday, January 15th, 2018  ※tentative schedule
■ Location: Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum
■ Website:

■ Inquries: Fujiko・F ・Fujio Museum Tel: 0570-055-245
Citizens’ and Cultural Affairs Promotion Office, Citizens' and Cultural Affairs Bureau Tel: 044-200-3713

※ Visitors to the Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum must reserve tickets in advance for a designated date. Tickets are available at all LAWSON stores across Japan.




【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

Telephone: +81(0)22-214-8098

Fax: +81(0)22-214-8497



Chiba PrefectureA 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:


Newsletter Vol.1 (pdf file)

Newsletter Vol.2 (pdf file)

Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City


○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.


【Smartphone app】

■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:


■ 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:




Chiba PrefectureDeveloped 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.


■ URL:  (Japanese)

■ Inquiry:Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba

■ Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences,

TEL:043-265-3111 (+81-43-265-3111)  E-mail :




【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 (information available in Japanese only)

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




[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




[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:
■ Facebook:
■ 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




[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:

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




[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: (Japanese only)




[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.



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





 [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




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