Shibuya mascot design

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of Shibuya Ward in Tokyo, Shibuya City Hall is seeking ideas for a promotional character to represent the area for people in Japan and abroad.

Shibuya is well known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area. Having set a goal to be an international city of peace and an international cultural city, Shibuya is inviting the public to submit a design for the character to promote its cultural as well as local characteristics.

Anybody can submit a design. The design of the character, its name and brief explanation should be submitted to the General Affairs Section at Shibuya City Hall by Sept. 28. One entry per person only.

The winner will be directly notified and receive ¥1 million.

Model-cum-singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, creative director Michihiko Yanai and other cultural figures will join in the judging of submissions.

The application form can be downloaded from www.city.shibuya.tokyo.jp/kusei/80th/pr_character.html.

For more information, call the General Affairs Section of Shibuya City Hall at (03) 3463-3153.


Hibiya ‘uchimizu’ season

The annual “uchimizu” season is under way in the Hibiya area of Tokyo through Aug. 31.

“Uchimizu” refers to the sprinkling of water in Japanese gardens and streets to keep down dust and to cool the pavement. Also, it implies a sort of ablution to please neighbors and, in temples and gardens, for a ritual or contemplative purpose.

Establishments in Hibiya, the long-thriving entertainment district, also use this Japanese traditional wisdom to beat the summer heat as well as to conserve energy.

This year, four more facilities in Hibiya have agreed to join the campaign, bringing the total to nine: Theatre Creation, the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, Nissay Theatre, Hibiya Chanter, Hibiya Kokaido, Hibiya Library and Museum, Mitsui Fudosan Co. and Remm Hibiya. “Uchimizu” is being performed on weekdays starting at 5 p.m. for about 15 minutes around each facility.

For more information, call the Imperial Hotel Tokyo at (03) 3539-8240.

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