JETRO to set up branch in Kyoto to promote culture

Nov 14, 2014

JETRO to set up branch in Kyoto to promote culture

Now that “washoku,” traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage list, the Japan External Trade Organization said Friday it will establish a branch in Kyoto aimed at popularizing Japan from the seat of the country’s traditional culture. JETRO President Satoshi Miyamoto ...

Nov 14, 2014

Postcard autographed by Einstein in 1922 turns up at Shiga museum

A postcard autographed by physicist Albert Einstein when he visited Japan in 1922 after winning the Nobel Prize was discovered at a museum in Shiga Prefecture. Eizaburo Nishibori Memorial Explorer Museum in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, commemorating Nishibori, who headed Japan’s primary Antarctica wintering party, ...

Mount Fuji photo taken from Kyoto for first time

Sep 26, 2014

Mount Fuji photo taken from Kyoto for first time

The summit of Mount Fuji for the first time has been successfully photographed in far-away Kyoto Prefecture, one of 20 prefectures where, given the right conditions, the mountaintop can be viewed. According to Hiroshi Tashiro, a geographer and part-time lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University, ...

'My Fair Lady' wrapped in a geisha's kimono

Sep 17, 2014

'My Fair Lady' wrapped in a geisha's kimono

by Mark Schilling

The musical used to be among the rarest of Japanese film genres. Plenty of films here — going back to the early talkies — featured singing and dancing, but Broadway-style musicals, which integrate the songs into the story, never really caught on. Is a ...

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

Sep 12, 2014

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

by Chiho Iuchi

For Kyoto to continue growing as a tourism-oriented city, it must take steps that combine landscape planning with services, the mayor says. Fortunately, many aspects of Japanese culture that originated in Kyoto have gained international recognition in the past 20 years, even as the ...

30,000 urged to evacuate as downpours lash northern Kyoto

Sep 5, 2014

30,000 urged to evacuate as downpours lash northern Kyoto

Heavy rainfall was reported in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture early Friday morning, prompting local governments to issue evacuation advisories to more than 30,000 people, NHK reported Friday. In Ayabe, Kyoto, nearly 200 mm of rain, a record amount, fell in the three ...