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post date : 2019.08.16

【Yamanashi Prefecture】Local PR Magazine “Yamanashi TekuTeku”  16th issue just released

The local PR magazine, Yamanashi Teku Teku delves into the wonder behind the vast natural resources that each and every area of Yamanshi Prefecture has to offer. It also as serves as a PR magazine that helps display Yamanashi’s unique charm to those outside of the Prefecture and we are now proud to announce the release of the Yamanashi Teku Teku’s 16th issue!  The theme for our 16th issue is The Enchanting Mountains of Kai, and introduces not only the Mountains and Nature of Yamanashi but also the history and the various people involved in Yamanshi.


■URL: (information available in Japanese only)

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


【Kyoto City】Let’s enjoy Gion Festival with HelloKYOTO App.


New functions are added to Kyoto City official app “HelloKYOTO.” At its launch, we open a feature site on Gion Festival for users to fully enjoy the festival that will take place over the entire month of July in Kyoto.

Please enjoy the festival using an event calendar and the limited-edition photo frames of Gion Festival in the first year of Reiwa era.

The origin of Gion Festival dates back to 9th century (869).

You can feel the traditional culture or Kyotoites’ way of life throughout the
 festival---the fabulous floats, traditional costumes(kimonos) etc.


Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 -


Inquiry: Public Relations of Office of the Mayor, Kyoto City General Planning Bureau

Tel: 075-222-3094


【Kyoto City】Kyoto Literature Award  - Call for Entries and Screening Members


Kyoto City has established “Kyoto Literature Award” to promote literary world in Kyoto and contribute to reacquainting people with the history and the charms of Kyoto. We call for entries with literary works related to Kyoto. Also, we recruit general readers for screening process.


*Requirements: An unpublished novel in any literary genre which deals with Kyoto and must be written in Japanese language.

*Category and Qualification: There are three categories such as “General”, “Junior High and High School Students” and “Overseas.” An applicant can either be a professional or an amateur writer.

*Award description: The first prizes will be given to one in each category. The first prize winner in the General category will receive a cash of one million yen and a chance for publishing the prized work.

*Period for entry: June 1- September 30, 2019 

*Period for recruiting screening members: June 1- July 31, 2019



Inquiry: Culture and Arts Planning Section, Kyoto City Culture and Arts City Promotion Office (Secretariat for Kyoto Literature Award Executive Committee)

Tel: 075-366-0033



【Yamanashi Prefecture】


Release of the 15th Issue of the Local PR Magazine “Yamanashi TekuTeku”

The 15th issue of the local PR magazine “Yamanashi TekuTeku” has been released. The magazine delves into the natural resources that are deeply ingrained in local life, and introduces the charm of Yamanashi to people outside the prefecture. The theme of this issue is “Lighting the Night Sky: The Appeal and Possibilities of Yamanashi’s Fireworks.” It covers the history and features of fireworks in Yamanashi; and introduces pyrotechnicians who continue to challenge themselves.


■URL: (information available in Japanese only)

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



【Sendai City】 The 35th Sendai Aoba Festival

The Sendai Aoba Festival is held every year on the 3rd Sunday, and the previous day, of May. A few thousand people will perform the Sendai Suzume Odori (Sparrow Dance) throughout the center of the city along with members playing the Japanese flute and drums creating a joyous atmosphere. On the eve of the main festival, ‘Sendai Yoi Yamaboko’ festival floats decorated with glowing lanterns parade the avenues. At the main festival on the second day, witness the ‘Jidai Emaki Junko’ procession, a parade of heroic samurai warriors and others dressed in traditional historical clothing and the 11 elaborately decorated ‘Yamaboko’ festival floats traverse around the city.

● Date: May 18 (Sat.) - May 19 (Sun.), 2019

● Location: Sendai City Center (Kotodai Park Citizen Square, Jozenji-dori Avenue, Higashi-Nibancho-dori Avenue, etc.)

● Details:

● Inquiries: Sendai Aoba Festival Association (Tel: 022-223-8441)

【Kyoto City】Press Conference for the Exhibition This Is Japan In Kyoto

(May 16th,15:00-at Kyoto)


TOKYO FUJI ART MUSEUM will hold a press conference in Kyoto on May16, 2019, on the forthcoming exhibition This Is Japan In Kyoto From The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (Aug.25th to Sep.29th 2019 at the Museum of Kyoto to celebrate ICOM Kyoto2019, the 25th general Conference of the International Council of Museums).


This exhibition will include masterpieces of Japanese art selected from 30,000 artworks in the collection of the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. The wide variety of paintings, ukiyo-e, lacquerware, swords and armor, will provide viewers with a opportunity to grasp the historical and cultural multiplicities of Japan.


<Press conference>

Date: May 16th 15:00 (reception begins at 14:30)

Venue: Nijo-jo castle 

           541 Nijo-jo-jo-cho, Horikawa-nishi-iru, Nijo-jo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City


Please send an e-mail titled “Entry for May 16th” by May 14th

with your name, company name, number of participants, camera(movie/photo), contact address.


Inquiry; The Museum of Kyoto (Ms. Isono)   TEL:075-222-0835  FAX:075-222-0889


【Sendai City】 The 7th Sendai International Music Competition will be held


The Sendai International Music Competition was established by the City of Sendai in 2001. The Competition consists of two sections, piano and violin, and is highly unique in that it designates the concerto as the center of repertoire. In both sections, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies Contestants after the Semifinal Round.

All rounds can be attended by purchasing a ticket. Please enjoy the delicate melodies and lavish harmonies produced by highly gifted young musicians and orchestra!



 Piano  Section

  Preliminary Round:Saturday, May 25, 2019 - Monday, May 27, 2019

  Semifinal Round:Friday, May 31, 2019 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

  Final Round:Thursday, June 6, 2019 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

  Prizewinners’ Gala Concert:Sunday, June 9, 2019

 Violin Section

  Preliminary Round:Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Monday, June 17, 2019

  Semifinal Round:Friday, June 21, 2019 - Sunday, June 23, 2019

  Final Round:Thursday, June 27, 2019 - Saturday, June 29, 2019

  Prizewinners’ Gala Concert:Sunday, June 30, 2019



 Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai


■For Inquiries

 Secretariat of Sendai International Music Competition

 3-27-5 Asahigaoka, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Pref., 981-0904 Japan

 (Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai)

 TEL: (+81) 22-727-1872  E-mail:

 Official website:


【Kawasaki City】The 22nd Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art


Taro Okamoto was an avant-garde artist who took on new challenges ceaselessly. The Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art was established to honor artists who have inherited Taro’s will to present sharp messages to society based on unfettered ideas and unique viewpoints.

The award, which is now in its 22nd year, attracted 416 solicitations of artwork, and the prize was given to 25 artists. We hope that you enjoy the highly-motivated that explore the possibilities of fine art in the twenty-first century.

Dates: ~ Sunday, April 14,2019

Location:  Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki

Inquiry:  Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki Tel: 044-900-9898



【Kyoto City】KYOTO STEAM – International Arts x Science Festival– prologue: Opening Announcement


KYOTO STEAM – International Arts x Science Festival is a novel form of international art and culture event, which benefits from Kyoto’s cultural heritage and resources and takes place in Kyoto in spring 2020. As its pre-event, we welcome you to KYOTO STEAM – International Arts x Science Festival– prologue in Kyoto in March 2019.






Special collaboration event with Kawasaki's time honored "Kanamara Festival!" Foreign visitors most welcome Bar-Hopping with "Japanese cuisine and Sake" at Kawasaki station east area‼

Geisha Asobi, Samurai Experience, Sumo Wrestler, Japanese Sake and more!

Special entertainment to experience the traditional culture!!

“Kawasaki Kimono Walk”, Kimono dressing service, and “The 5th Kawasaki Cinema Performance Festival” are going to be held on the same day, too.


Date:Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time:From 2pm to 10pm ※It varies according to participation shops

Venue:Kawasaki Station east exit Ogawa-cho area


Reception hours:Weekdays from 10:00 to 18:30



【Kyoto City】Traditional Industry Day 2019


Kyoto City has designated Vernal Equinox Day (Shunbun no hi) as “Traditional Industry Day” and will hold various events around the day.  Event information and a free admission coupon for Kimono de Odekake are provided in a guidebook which is available on an official website (


Major Events:

■Kimono de Odekake - Excursions in Kimono

Period: 1 – 31 March 2019*

Free admission to 40 cultural tourism facilities for people wearing Kimono.

 (Free admission coupon is required which can be downloaded from the website above.)

*Dates closed vary by facilities.


■Traditional Industry Day at Miyako Messe

Period: 16 – 17 March 2019

Admission: Free 

Exhibition, sales, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops are available to fully experience Traditional Industry in Kyoto.


■Kimono de Irodori Concert - Colorful Concert in Kimono

Date: 21 March 2019 *National Holiday

Admission: 4,000 yen

People wearing Kimono can enjoy a concert more economically. If dressed in Kimono on the day of the concert, 2,000 yen will be refunded and a voucher worth 1,000 yen for purchasing merchandise will be provided.


Traditional Industries of Kyoto portal site:

Inquiries: Traditional Industries Section of Commerce and Industry Department, Kyoto City Industry and Tourism Bureau

Tel: 075-222-3337


【Kyoto City】 Food Market for Citizens at Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market

Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market holds a food market once a month, where visitors can buy fresh and safe food directly from intermediate wholesale shops which are not usually open to the public. The event aims to promote consumption of fresh food available at the market and eating fish among citizens.


Date: Sat. March 9, 2019

Time: 10:00-12:00 (will be closed upon sold out)

Admission: Free

(charged for drink, food, and purchase of goods at the venue)


Inquiry: Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market Association Tel: 075-323-6777



【Kyoto City】Food Market for Citizens at Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market


Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market holds a food market once a month, where visitors can buy fresh and safe food directly from intermediate wholesale shops which are not usually open for public. The event aims to promote consumption of fresh food available at the market and eating fish among citizens.


Date: (Sat.) February 9, 2019

Time: 10:00-12:00 (will be closed upon sold out)

Admission: Free

(charged for drink, food, and purchase of goods at the venue)


Inquiry: Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market Association Tel: 075-323-6777


【Kyoto City】 The 27th Ethnic Culture Festival – Encounter and Exchange with Rich Cultures


At this festival, students will present their initiatives for international understandings undertaken at schools in Kyoto City, stage ethnic performances and sing songs etc. as well as appreciate them. We organize this event in hope of making it an opportunity for the participants to respect one another recognizing each other’s value by learning about each ethnic group, the diversity of traditions and cultures, and the differences.


Date: (Sat.) February 2, 2019  

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.* (Doors open at 1:00 p.m.)

*Actual closing time may vary depending on performances

Venue: Kyoto City Kuretake Bunka Center

           35-1 Kyomachi Minami 7-chome, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 


Inquiry: School Guidance Section, Curriculum and Counseling Department of Kyoto City Board of Education    

*Please contact the person in charge of Human Rights Education

Tel: 075-222-3815    Fax: 075-231-3117


【Kyoto City】Early Spring at Nijo-jo Castle, the World Heritage Site


- Special entry to the Third Room of Ohiroma at Ninomaru-goten Palace, the National Treasure and a special lunch served at Koun-tei in the Seiryu-en Garden which is normally closed to the public -


Nijo-jo Castle, the World Heritage Site organizes the following special events for people to get familiar with its valuable cultural heritages.


  1. Special entry to the Third Room of Ohiroma at Ninomaru-goten Palace, the National Treasure.

Period: January 4 - 28, 2019

You are allowed to enter the Third Room of Ohiroma and take a closer look at paintings on the walls and ceilings, and openwork carvings between rooms.


  1. Special lunch served at Koun-tei

Period: January 26 - February 28, 2019

Please enjoy the Kyoto cuisine at Koun-tei overlooking the Seiryu-en Garden, which is not normally open to the public.



Inquiry: Nijo-jo Castle Office

Tel: 075-841-0096, Fax: 075-802-6181


【Kyoto City】 Food Market for Citizens at Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market

Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market holds a food market once a month, where visitors can buy fresh and safe food directly from intermediate wholesale shops which are not usually open for public. The event aims to promote consumption of fresh food available at the market and eating fish among citizens.


Date: (Sat.) January 12, 2019.

Time: 10:00-12:00 (will be closed upon sold out)

Admission: Free

(charged for drink, food, and purchase of goods at the venue)


Inquiry: Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market Association      Tel: 075-323-6777


【Kyoto City】Accommodation Tax has been introduced from October 1, 2018!


Kyoto City imposes a municipal accommodation tax on all guests staying in Kyoto City from October 1 to increase attractiveness of the city as an international cultural tourism destination and promote tourism. The municipality plans to use the tax revenue to conduct a more balanced method of city planning to make Kyoto a favorable place to live in and to visit.


【Outline of the Accommodation Tax】

Purpose:To allot its revenue to implement initiatives for increasing attractiveness of the city as an international cultural tourism destination and promoting tourism.


How to collect the tax:Guests pay the tax to the lodging businesses and they will pay it to Kyoto City.


Accommodation tax rates:

In case the accommodation fee for a person per night is;

・under 20,000 JPY: 200JPY.

・over 20,000 up to 49,999JPY: 500JPY.

・over 50,000JPY: 1,000JPY




Inquiry: Tax Section of Tax Department, Kyoto City Administration and Finance Bureau

Tel: 075-708-5016

【Kyoto City】New Year Firefighter Ceremony - Dezomeshiki 2019


Kyoto City Fire Department will hold an annual New Year firefighter ceremony called Dezomeshiki in Okazaki area, Sakyo Ward. A parade of fire engines, officials of Fire Department, volunteer fire corps and the citizens, and water discharge drill etc. will be staged. The event is free of charge.

Please note that the roads nearby including Nijo-dori and Jingu-do will be closed to traffic during the event.


Date & Time: January 13, 2019. from 10:00 a.m. – until around 11:35 a.m.

Venue: In front of Miyako Messe, Kyoto Industrial Promotion Center and around Okazakisaishoji-cho area located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City


Inquiry: Kyoto City Fire Department Administration Division                   Tel. 075-231-5311


【Akita Prefecture】Akita Prefecture’s Event “Akita Wonderful Festa”


Since the 2016 FY, the Akita Prefectural Office has annually organized events at Tokyo Solamachi, also known as Tokyo Skytree, to offer visitors the chance to interact with the Akita-inu, a world-renowned dog breed. This year’s event will become the new and improved “Akita Wonderful Festa”, and is moving to take place in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park!

In conjunction with this, there will be a wide range of entertainment offered, including an interactive area with the domestically and internationally famous Akita-inu, as well as many food stalls featuring Akita’s local cuisine, such as Kiritampo Hot Pot, Inaniwa Udon Noodles, Hatahata Sandfish Sushi. There will also be booths featuring traditional crafts from Akita.

You can also see Namahage – newly registered as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage this past November – in person, and be impressed by the dynamic sound of Namahage drums.
Don’t miss out on the chance to sample Akita’s sake, grill mini Kiritampo, and even participate in a stamp collection rally for an amazing prize! There will be fun for all ages, so we will await you at the venue, full of Akita’s appeals!


■Date and Time:Saturday, January 12th, 2019,11:00~17:00

                                  Sunday, January 13th, 2019, 10:00~15:00

*Rain or shine, except in cases of inclement weather.


■ Venue:Yoyogi Park, Event Plaza (2-3 Jinnan, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)

■ Nearest Stations:

◇ JR Harajuku Station                             Approx.9 min. on foot

◇ JR Harajuku Station                             Approx. 11 min. on foot

◇ Tokyo Metro Yoyogi Koen Station          Approx. 11 min. on foot


■ Admission Fee:Free

■ Contact Info.:Akita Prefecture Department of Tourism, Culture, and Sports


Akita Food Products Sales Division Tel: +81-18-860-2259


【Kyoto City】The 4th Exhibit of Original Wall Paintings at Nijo-jo Castle Painting Gallery 2018

Peacocks by Kano Tan’yu — Fusion of Realism and Creativity of the Young Artist


At official meetings with Shogun, visitors sat in Ni-no-ma, the Second Room, and waited in San-no-ma, the Third Room of Ohiroma of the Ninomaru-goten Palace. On the walls of these rooms, peacocks, which have been cherished as beneficial birds from ancient times, are painted along with mighty pine trees. While the peacocks at the Ohiroma are drawn realistically by depicting individual feathers precisely, some of their elegant postures are extremely creative. Combining realism with creativity perfectly, a gifted young artist Kano Tan’yu drew up the elegant peacocks. Please enjoy the works created with his marvelous techniques.


Period: (Mon.) December 17, 2018 – (Sun.) February 17, 2019


Inquiry: Nijo-jo Castle Office (Tel: 075-841-0096 Fax: 075-802-6181)



【Yamanashi Prefecture】Release of the 13th Issue of the Local PR Magazine “Yamanashi TekuTeku”


The 13th issue of the local PR magazine “Yamanashi TekuTeku” has been released. The magazine delves into the natural resources that are deeply ingrained in local life, and introduces the charm of Yamanashi to people outside the prefecture.


In this issue, the theme is “Experience the World of Jean-Francois Millet’s Masterpieces.” It covers the life and work of Millet; as well as the contributions and work of the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, which has come to be known and loved as the “Millet Museum,” and the curators of the museum.


■URL: (information available in Japanese only)

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



【Kyoto City】 The 3rd Opening of Original Wall Paintings at Nijo-jo Castle Painting Gallery 2018

 “Sparking Autumnal Grass - Paintings of the Kiku-no-ma in the Kuroshoin”


In the fourth room of the Ninomaru-goten Palace “Kuroshoin”, which is also known as “Kiku-no-ma (Room of Chrysanthemum)”, the walls are painted with chrysanthemums sparklingly in bloom along with hedges, swaying silver grasses in the wind and Japanese fans. At the Kan’ei Imperial Visit, when Iemitsu, the third Shogun of Tokugawa family received Emperor Go-Mizuno-o, the fourth room of Kuroshoin was used to host the accompanying court nobles for a gorgeous meal. The wall paintings with sparking autumnal scenic beauty may have let the nobles associate with the literary works related to chrysanthemum and Japanese fans. In the Gallery, Sugito-e* titled “Shibagaki-ni-Asagao-zu, a design of morning glory on woven brushwood fence” will also be displayed for the first time.


*a painting on the cedar door


Period: (Thu.) October 4 – (Sun.) December 2, 2018


Inquiry: Nijo-jo Castle Office (Tel: 075-841-0096 Fax: 075-802-6181)


【Kyoto City】 MuDA’s dance performance “Keep on Rising” will be staged!


MuDA, a hyper performance group based in Kyoto, will perform its new work. MuDA aims at embodying and propagating the activity of life to rise, and it will create a theatre piece at the Kyoto Art Center. You will enjoy transformation of a body into energy itself through collision and vibration. Please do not miss the MuDA’s latest highly condensed performance.


Date & Time: (Fri.) November 23, 2018 12:00

                     (Sat.) November 24, 2018 19:00

                     (Sun.) November 25, 2018 15:00

Venue:  Kyoto Art Center

Tickets: Advance sale: 3,000 yen,

            At the door: 3,500 yen

            For two (limited to advance sale only): 5,000 yen

            Students: advance sale 2,000 yen/ at the door 2,500 yen


Inquiry: Kyoto Art Center 

Tel:075-213-1000 Fax:075-213-1004



[Kyoto City]  Ensemble FOVE presents “TRANS”

A group of young classical and modern musicians who are active inside and outside of Japan, Ensemble FOVE will perform its new music. The performance “TRANS” consists of music composed by Yuta Bandoh and arrangements of phrases and sounds created by the players. Placing the players, speakers, lighting at various spaces of the hall, a stereophonic sound will be made by the combination of live music and surround speakers. Please enjoy the world shaped from the mixture of live music played by up-and-coming musicians, recorded sounds, and lighting.


Date & Time: (Tue) November 27, 2018 19:30       

                     (Wed) November 28, 2018 15:00/19:30

Venue: Kyoto Art Center

Tickets: Advance sale 3,000 yen, At the door 3,500 yen


Inquiry: Kyoto Art Center

Tel: 075-213-1000 Fax: 075-213-1004




[Shizuoka Prefecture] ‘SHIZUOKA’ Attraction Release Project ~Mt.FUJI x TOKAIDO~

The Shizuoka Prefectural Office is going to carry out the release of
‘Shizuoka Culture’, ’Shizuoka Craftsmanship’
and ‘Shizuoka Cuisine’ in Paris, in accordance with “Japonismes 2018”
The theme of the project is “Mt. Fuji and Tokaido (an old route connecting
Edo to Kyoto)”.

Japonismes 2018 Official Program Performing Arts ― SPAC(Shizuoka Performing
Arts Center)
Title : “ Mahabharata – Nalacharitam “
Period : Nov. 19 ― 25, 2018 (no performance on Nov. 22)
Venue : La Grande Halle, La Villette

“ Shizuoka Culture ”
●SHIZUOKA Attraction Release Project ~Mt.Fuji x TOKAIDO~
Period : Nov. 19 ― 25, 2018
Venue : La Grande Halle, La Villette
Period : Nov. 24 ― 25, 2018
Venue : UNIQLO le Marais

“ Shizuoka Craftsmanship ” / “ Shizuoka Cuisine ”
●“The Blessing of Mt. Fuji” ― SHIZUOKA FOOD FAIR
Period : Nov. 1 ― 30 (closed on Mondays)
Venue : UMAMI Matcha Café
●“The Flavor of Shizuoka Green Tea”
Period : Nov. 6 ― 21 (closed on Mondays)
Venue : Patisserie TOMO
●“Shizuoka Craftsmanship” (Display and Sales of Traditional Craftworks)
Period : Nov. 19 ― 24
Venue : JUNKUDO Book Store Paris

【Contact details for inquiries】
Culture and Tourism Department of Shizuoka Prefectural Government
TEL +81-54-221-3340 FAX +81-54-221-2827 E-mail :



[Chiba Prefecture] Chiba Prefecture Local Specialty Shop "Chiba ICHIBA”, Open for a Limited Time!


A shop selling specialty items from Chiba Prefecture will open for a limited time at “KITTE”, Marunouchi, Tokyo, for the fourth time this year.

Including selling the best specialty products, there will also be several events such as tourism promotion by local mascots, CHI-BA+KUN Day, etc. This is going to be a shop full of Chiba’s charms.

Highly recommended products this year are the “Negippe Gyoza (green onion dumpling)” which uses Honno green onion, an indigenous product of the region, and the “Minamitei Fromage” which uses milk and Nanohana Eggs from Miyoshi Village.

Be sure to drop by!


◆Major Events during this Period

 ※ Opening Event, Sat, November 17: Chiba Prefecture specialties to the first 50 people

 ※ CHI-BA+KUN Day, Sat, December 1: Photo session with CHI-BA+KUN, Free gift


- Period : Sat, November 17 – Sat, December 15, 2018, 9:00 - 19:30

- Place : “Tokyo City i”, Performance Zone

                 (B1F KITTE JP Tower 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 - Access : 1 minute walk from JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Gate, Directly connected with Tokyo Metro Tokyo Station from the underground passage

- URL :

- Inquiries : Tourism Planning Division, Chiba Prefecture       TEL: 043-223-2415


[Kawasaki City] Kawasaki Jazz Festival 2018


This year, Kawasaki Jazz Festival brings you something special.  A variety of guests, from great masters to new artists who attract rising attention, will join the stage.  Featuring an interesting collaboration between Hatsune Miku, a virtual idol that uses vocaloid software, and the famous legend Jazz pianist Masahiko Sato, this music festival will be centered on jazz with some cross-genre aspects.

In order to attract a diverse range of generations to the Kawasaki Jazz Festival, the program includes a variety of music from big band performances to music showcasing jazz history. We plan to bring you a Jazz Festival with energetic performances that will send good vibes throughout the entire performance area.

Free live performances will be held in several other places in the city.


■Date: Thursday, November 8 to Sunday, November 18

■Location: MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall and Shin-Yuri 21 Hall, among many other venues around Kawasaki


■Inquiries* Kawasaki Jazz 2018 Executive Committee Office

TEL:044-223-8623  FAX:044-544-9647

Citizens’ and Cultural Affairs Promotion Office, Citizens’ and Cultural Affairs Bureau, Kawasaki City

TEL:044-200-3725 FAX:044-200-3248


[City of Yokohama] The 7th Asia Smart City Conference in Yokohama


   The City of Yokohama, designated as an “SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Future City”, promotes the Y-PORT (Yokohama Partnership of Resources and Technologies) project, which is an international technical cooperation project through a public-private partnership that harnesses Yokohama’s technology and know-hows to contribute to the emerging countries.


   As a part of this project, the Yokohama city hosts the “Asia Smart City Conference” as a place for Asian city leaders, private sectors, and international organization experts to gather and share urban development expertise. Participants will discuss sustainable urban development as a way to achieve both economic development and good urban environment.


  This year’s 7th conference will be held with the support of the World Bank (Tokyo Development Learning Center) and the Asian Development Bank Institute. Around 30 Asian cities will be participating.

   Overall theme: Fostering a Marketplace for Co-innovation - Facing challenges in creating smart city projects and incorporating game-changing technologies –

   The impact of new exponential technologies such as AI and big data on cities will be discussed, as well as essential topics including waste and sludge treatment, energy saving, and low carbon transport systems. ASCC will aim to create pilot projects which realize urban Smart City solutions in Asia by providing a forum where diverse participants can network and take part in cross-cutting discussions on urban development.

   In addition, we will share the results of the ASCC discussions with other international forums related to the SDGs, ESG (Environment Social Governance) investment, and SRI (Socially responsible Investment).



<Date>   2018/11/13(TUE)~2018/11/15(THU)

*DAY1 (13 Nov) is reserved for overseas participants.



*13 Nov(TUE)

Site visit showcasing smart city development in Yokohama

Cocktail Reception hosted by World Bank

*14 Nov(WED)

Thematic session a.m. (The 4 meetings will run simultaneously)

  Theme 1: Water and waste

  Theme 2: Transportation and mobility

  Theme 3: Energy efficiency

  Theme 4: Disaster resilience

Networking Lunch

Thematic session p.m.

  Theme 5: Urban infrastructure provision for smart cities

  Theme 6: Utilizing big data/ open data for land development

  Theme 7: Retooling manufacturing and industrials

  Theme 8: Citizen engagement through smart technology

Welcome Reception

*15 Nov (THU)

Panel Discussion

  Capstone 1 on Integrated Urban Development

  Capstone 2 on Exponential Technologies

Networking Lunch



<Co-located Events>

  1. Yokohama Info-Market(10:00-16:00 14 Nov, 9:30-14:00 15 Nov)
  2. Business Forum (10:30-12:30 14 Nov)
  3. Youth Event 2018 (14:00-16:30 14 Nov)


<Venue>  Intercontinental Yokohama Grand hotel 3rd floor (1-1-1 Minato-Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama)

(Five minutes from Minatomirai Station on foot.)


<Entrance fee>   Free


<Contact information>

7th Asia Smart City Conference Management Office

Development Cooperation Division, International Affairs Bureau, City of Yokohama

Tel:+81-45-671-4703 Fax:+81-45-664-7145


<More information>


[Kyoto City]  The 4th Festival de Kyoto Beef

At Okazaki Park located in front of Heian-jingu Shrine, chefs from the leading restaurants in Kyoto will offer special dishes of the day using Kyoto ingredients of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy products, and vegetables that are bred and produced in Kyoto, to promote their rich taste and the movement of local production for local consumption.

At the festival, a market where visitors can purchase wine, and groceries etc. will also be held.


Date: November 17-18, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

*A ceremony to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Friendship Agreement between Paris and Kyoto is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 17.


Kyoto City Central Meat Market (Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market No.2) website:



Kyoto Cooking Technique Shinkou-kai Office located in Eventail      Tel: 075-712-0750

Kyoto City Central Meat Market      Tel: 075-681-5791


[Kyoto City]  Kyoto City Central Market - A Food Market for Citizens

In the purpose of promoting consumption of fresh food and fish which Kyoto City Central Market supply to the citizens, an event is held once a month where people directly purchase fresh and safe ingredients from the intermediate wholesalers which are not usually accessible for visitors.


Date: (Sat.) November 10, 2018, (Sat.) December 8, 2018

Time: 10:00-12:00 (closes upon sold out)

Admission: Free (charged for food, drinks, and purchase of goods at the venue)


Inquiry: Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market Association





[Kyoto City]   A play featuring a French dramatist Molière by Warai-no-Naikaku Theatre Company will be performed!

Warai-no-Naikaku Theatre Company challenges to perform a play featuring Molière, the greatest writer of French comedy. The company has created and performed a variety of comedy productions in which they satirically dealt with modern society. Set in the 17th century France, a society where a concept of human rights had not been introduced, the company describe an absurdity of people disputing over contract vs. fidelity, and expression vs. freedom based on the relation between Molière and his company.

Date & Time: (Wed.) October 31, 2018. 19:30
                (Thu.) November 1, 2018. 14:00/19:30
                 (Sat.) November 3, 2018. 13:00/17:30
                 (Sun.) November 4, 2018. 11:00/15:00
Venue: Kyoto Art Center
Ticket at Door: General 3,500JPY, under 25 years old 3,000JPY
Reservation Ticket: General 3,300JPY, under 25 years old 2,800JPY
Ticket for high school students and younger: 500JPY
Inquiry: Kyoto Art Center 
           Tel: 075-213-1000  Fax: 075-213-1004  e-mail:

[Kyoto City]  National Conference for Reducing Food Loss in Kyoto will be held!


Kyoto City has implemented major initiatives to prevent food loss such as untasted food or leftovers and it will hold the National Conference for Reducing Food Loss in Kyoto. Taking this opportunity as a chance to promote a further reduction of food loss, the city will widely transmit the great spirits deeply rooted amongst citizens in its living and food culture, which treat all the materials with respect to use them up. Also, Kyoto City aims to increase an understanding on reducing food loss and encourage the practices, and furthermore to build up nation-wide momentum for tackling this issue.

Along with the conference, a panel exhibition will also be staged to introduce initiatives by local governments and universities etc. for reducing food loss.


Date: (Tue.) October 30, 2018

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Venue: Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall

      (A panel exhibition is held at International Conference Hall on the 2nd floor)

Admission: Free

Inquiry: Waste Reduction Promotion Section of Recycling Society Promotion Department,

Kyoto City Environment Policy Bureau     Tel: 075-213-4930


*Unfortunately, application to attend the Conference is not accepted anymore due to the seats already fully booked. Therefore, the panel exhibition is only open to the public.

[Kyoto City]  The 5th Kyoto Beef Festival

To promote the premium brand Kyoto Beef, marbling art bred by the nature of Kyoto and its food culture, it will be sold and served along with drinks at Okazaki Park, located in front of Heian-jingu Shrine. This festival also features some events where Kyoto Beef is presented and for small children to participate.

Date: (Sun.) October 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Websites: Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market No.2

Kyoto Meat Market Corporation

Kyoto Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association Office located in Kyoto Meat Market Corporation
Tel: 075-681-8781
Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market No.2
Tel: 075-681-5791


[Kyoto City] Ceremony of Eurasian lynx

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Friendship Council of Paris, Eurasian lynx will come from the Paris Zoo. The lynx will appear for the first time in public from October 28 (Sunday). 


There is a special ceremony for the lynx from 2 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018.



[Kyoto City] Yameneko Expo


We will hold an event about Tsushima leopard cat (Yamaneko) to show the current state and conservation efforts of the endangered species. The event includes picture-story show, lectures from experts, air play ground equipment, photo shoot with a Tsushima Yamaneko character named “Sakura”.


Saturday, October 20, 2018 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday 21 October  9 am - 4 pm The event will be cancelled in the stormy weather.



[Kyoto City] The 64th Kyoto Citizens’ Tea Ceremony

Japanese tea ceremony will be held in the Seiryu-en Garden at Nijo-jo Castle. Seats are available at 2,500 JPY per person.


Date: (Sat.) October 27, 2018 served by Ura-senke School

       (Thu.) November 1, 2018 served by Omote-senke School

       (Sat.) November 3, 2018 served by Yabunouchi School

Reception opens from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.



Inquiry: Nijo-jo Castle Office  Tel: 075-841-0096


[Kyoto City] Accommodation Tax has been introduced from October 1, 2018!


Kyoto City imposes a municipal accommodation tax on all guests staying in Kyoto City from October 1 to increase attractiveness of the city as an international cultural tourism destination and promote tourism. The municipality plans to use the tax revenue to conduct a more balanced method of city planning to make Kyoto a favorable place to live in and to visit.


【Outline of the Accommodation Tax】

Purpose:To allot its revenue to implement initiatives for increasing attractiveness of the city as an international cultural tourism destination and promoting tourism.


How to collect the tax:Guests pay the tax to the lodging businesses and they will pay it to Kyoto City.


Accommodation tax rates:

In case the accommodation fee for a person per night is;

・under 20,000 JPY: 200JPY.

・over 20,000 up to 49,999JPY: 500JPY.

・over 50,000JPY: 1,000JPY




Inquiry: Tax Section of Tax Department, Kyoto City Administration and Finance Bureau

Tel: 075-708-5016

[Kyoto City] Kyoto City Central Market - A Food Market for Citizens



In the purpose of promoting consumption of fresh food and fish which Kyoto City Central Market supply to the citizens, an event is held once a month where people directly purchase fresh and safe ingredients from the intermediate wholesalers which are not usually accessible for visitors.


Date: (Sat.) October 13, 2018

Time: 10:00-12:00 (closes upon sold out)

Admission: Free (charged for food, drinks, and purchase of goods at the venue)


Inquiry: Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market Association TEL:075-323-6777


[Kyoto City] Nijo-jo Castle Festival 2018 will be held!


Nijo-jo Castle Festival 2018 will be held at Nijo-jo Castle, the World Heritage Site, to appeal its charms to more visitors and citizens. During the festival, attractive events are organized such as a special night-time opening of Ninomaru-goten Palace and the Ninomaru Garden staged with lights and sounds, which is scheduled on September 28 – October 8, Ryoma Yosakoi Dance on November 10-11, and Kyoto Specialties Market.


Period: (Fri.) September 28 – (Sun) December 9, 2018


Inquiry: Kyoto City Nijo-jo Castle Office Tel: 075-841-0096


[Kyoto City] Exhibition “Cultural Properties of Kyoto City –

Newly Designated Cultural Properties and Structures of the Meiji Era


Every year, Kyoto City designates and registers important cultural assets as Cultural Properties of Kyoto City, which are crucial for people to learn about a culture and a history of Kyoto. At this exhibition, the designated paintings, crafts and historical documents etc. of 2008 – 2011 will be displayed. In addition, structures built in the Meiji Era designated by Kyoto City and registered as Cultural Properties will be introduced on panels along with displays of related cultural properties. Admission is free of charge.


Period: (Fri) 21 September – (Tue) 30 October, 2018

 *Closed on Mondays, National Holidays and 9 October.


Website of the Exhibition:

Kyoto City Library of Historical Documents Official Website:


Inquiry: Kyoto City Library of Historical Documents

Address: 138-1 Kojin-cho Sagaru, Teramachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0867

Tel: 075-241-4312 Fax: 075-241-4012


[Kyoto City] Exhibition “Création sous influence”


To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Friendship Agreement between Paris and Kyoto, an exhibition “Création sous influence” will be held to display works by French artists who are influenced by Kyoto and Japanese culture. This exhibition is based mainly on three themes such as Japan in a dream, Japan where actually visited, Japan as a homeland where wonderful techniques are invented. About 50 pieces of works created by French artists who have a strong bond to Japanese culture and are stimulated by a Japanese spirit will be displayed.


○Period: October 5-28, 2018

○Opening Hours: 11:00- 19:00  

*Closed on Mondays. (note: opens on October 8)

         *On October 5: 19:00-22:00

         *Closes at 17:00 on October 28

○Venue: Horikawa Oike Gallery

○Admission: Free



Kyoto City General Planning Bureau International Relations Office

TEL:075-222-3072 (8:45–17:30 on Weekdays)


[Kyoto City]  Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2018:

A Bridge to the White Night Festival in Paris – A Night of Contemporary Art


In conjunction with Nuit Blanche held every October in Paris, a sister city of Kyoto, a contemporary art event Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2018: A Bridge to the White Night Festival in Paris – A Night of Contemporary will be held at venues across the city.


Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2018 is its 8th event and set up various courses (areas) as last year in theme of this year “Five Senses.” Also, this year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Friendship Agreement between Paris and Kyoto and the 160th Anniversary of Japan-France Friendship. At one of the main venues, Kyoto International Manga Museum, Ms. Mai Kuraki, a singer and Kyoto Hospitality Ambassador will show up as a special guest at the opening ceremony stating at 18:30. (No performance is scheduled)


Please enjoy an autumn night with contemporary art feeling the bond between Kyoto and its sister city Paris.


・Date: Friday, October 5, 2018

・Admission: Free

・How to Participate: No advanced reservations required, please visit the venue on the day.

・Main Venues and Time Schedules:

1 Kyoto International Manga Museum                   18:30- 22:00

2 Institut français du Japon-Kansai/Kyoto            19:30- Midnight 0:00

3 Kyoto Art Center          10:00-22:00

4 Kyoto City University of Arts ART GALLERY@KCUA   11:00- 22:00

5 Subway Yamashina Station OTONOHIROBA               16:00- 18:30

      Including Art Galleries in Kyoto


※ Depending on weather conditions and other factors, items in the program may be subject to change.

[Saitama Prefecture]

Saitama Wabi Sabi Festival 2018: Join Us for a Weekend of Cultural Fun!

Join us at the Saitama Wabi Sabi Festival 2018, a celebration of Japanese culture in Saitama! The festival will feature a variety of cultural traditions, including performing arts, music, bonsai, flower arrangement, the tea ceremony, Takigi-noh (Noh play performed at night by a fire) and local cuisine. Feel free to invite your friends and enjoy a weekend of cultural fun!


We hope this festival will provide a great opportunity for everyone to experience many different aspects Saitama's culture conveniently gathered in one place.


Entry to the festival is completely free! Enjoy all kinds of spectacular performances by globally known artists on a special festival stage at Omiya Park. You can also experience an outdoor tea ceremony and cultural workshops for bonsai, kimono, calligraphy, flower arrangement, taiko drumming, Japanese papermaking, and more! (Please note that some workshops require advance registration or participation fees. If there is a workshop you are interested in attending, we recommend making a reservation as soon as possible. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to experience authentic local and national culture!


  1. When?:  October 13 (Sat), 10:00-19:30,  October 14 (Sun), 10:00-16:00
  1. Where?: Omiya Park (near Hikawa Shrine) etc...
  2. Cost: Free! (Some workshops require a participation fee.)
  3. Website:


[Kyoto City]  World Masters Games 2021 Kansai to be held in Kyoto City!


World Masters Games (WMG) is an international multi-sport competition for any athletes over the age of 30 to participate, hosted by the International Maters Games Association (IMGA) every four years. It is held in a year after every Olympic Games, and the first WMG was held in Toronto, Canada in 1985. The latest one was held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017.  The next WMG 2021 will mark its 10th anniversary, and it will be held in Japan as its first attempt in Asia. Kansai, the west part of Japan is selected as the venue.


Kyoto City will host events for Truck and Field, Badminton, Squash, and Karate as well as the Opening Ceremony of WMG 2021 Kansai.


■Period: 14 -30 May, 2021

■Official website:

■Inquiry: World Masters Games 2021 Kansai Executive Committee of Kyoto City

                (Secretariat: Sports Promotion Office, City of Kyoto)

              Tel:075-366-0168 Fax:075-213-3303




[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:


【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 : (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

■ Website:

■ Inquiry:Kyoto city fire department general affairs department TEL075-212-6613 

■ E-Mail:

[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:

■ Inquiry: Kyoto Art Center  Tel: 075-213-1000  Fax: 075-213-1004

■ E-mail:

[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:  2018/8/19/30   900 1700 (Last Admission at 1630

■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.

Admission:  Free

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

[Kyoto City]

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


TEL: +81-570-055-377
(hours 9:30-17:30; closed Sat., Sun., holidays, Japantime)


[Chiba Prefecture]
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
TEL: 043-223-2436


[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)


◇ Inquiries:
Chiba Prefecture, International Affairs Division
TEL: 043-223-2436 E-mail:


【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

Admission: free


Inquiry: Kyoto Art Center

TEL: 075-213-1000  FAX: 075-213-1004  Email:


【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:

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:

Japanese URL:


Questions? Contact Us: 055-223-1337


Yamanashi Prefecture

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:


■ Inquiry: Sujin-Shinmachi Office:075-708-2985

Chiba PrefectureRegistration 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:

Traditional Chinese:


■ Inquiries

Chiba Aqualine Marathon Planning Committee Office

Telephone: 043-223-4107  E-mail:


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:

■For Inquiries:
Tax Section, Tax Department,
Kyoto City Administration & Finance Bureau
Tel: 075-213-5200





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.


Competition Dates
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


For Inquiries
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:
Official website:


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

TEL: 025-226-2608


*See the event website for more details.

(URL) (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.


Major Events

Kimono de Odekake- Excursions in Kimono

March 1 – 31, 2018

Free entry

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

Free entry 

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:


For Inquiries:

Kyoto City Industry and Tourism Bureau, Commerce and Industry Department, Traditional Industries Section

Tel: 075-222-3337


【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:

■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)

■ Details:

■ 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:

For same-day reservations: please visit the Nijo-jo Castle Tour Ticket Booth

                                         *private tours are available

For Inquires: please contact MYK Enterprise at



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)





[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:, (30sec.) press release:


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






【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




[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 





 [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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