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Kyoto Prefecture Latest News 1/2012 No.127

Kyoto Prefecture Latest News 
1/2012  No. 127
Published by Kyoto Prefectural Government. (http://www.pref.kyoto.jp)
* Disaster Preparedness Handbook
* Japanese and Tea Ceremony classes at KCIF
* Azuki-gayu Festival
* North American Manga at the Kyoto International Manga Museum

Disaster Preparedness Handbook
Kyoto Prefectural International Center publishes an extremely helpful Disaster Preparedness Handbook. The Handbook is full of both specific information about earthquakes and other disaster in Kyoto, and general information about how to stay safe should a disaster occur.

It contains detailed explanations of many of Japan’s disaster services, a checklist of items that everyone should prepare for their safety, and a bilingual personal information card.

All of the information is bilingual, so you can not only read the information in your native language but learn how disasters are described in Japanese. The Handbook is available in a number of languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and Tagalog. It is available for download online here: http://www.kpic.or.jp/f_nationality/consul_life_03.html
You can also pick up a paper copy at Kyoto Prefectural International Center, on the 9th floor of the Kyoto Station Building.

Japanese and Tea Ceremony Classes at KCIF
Kyoto City International Foundation is offering various classes for foreign residents, starting with a basic Japanese course. There is also a tea ceremony course to help foreign residents learn about Japanese culture.

The Japanese course is a 3-month course with two levels, one for total beginners and one for advanced beginners. The class fee is 6000 yen including teaching materials. Applications are available at Kyoto International Community House, and while the classes begin on January 6th, it will be possibly to apply through January 31st if there are spaces. The classes meet on Fridays.

For more details:

The tea ceremony class is also a 3-month class. The class fee for foreign residents is 6000 yen including sweets. The course is held on Tuesday afternoons, with the last class including a public demonstration. KCIF also offers one-time demonstrations, which cost 500 yen to attend. For the demonstrations, you should sign up by 11:00 on the day of the demonstration.

For more information:

Azuki-gayu Festival
Legend has it that eating this red bean porridge early in the year will prevent you from getting sick. This type of dish is typical of the simple lifestyle at Zen temples. At the very least, it might be a refreshing change of pace from the gluttonous eating at year-end parties. No reservation needed.

Location: Torin-in (subtemple of Myoshinji Temple)
Dates: January 15-31
Time: 11:00-15:00
Cost: 3700 yen (includes plum tea, the red bean porridge, and Shojin Buddhist Vegetarian cuisine)
Access: JR Hanazono Station
For more information: 075-463-1334

North American Manga at the Kyoto International Manga Museum
For the first time, Kyoto International Manga Museum is holding an exhibit focused on the manga artists of North America. Three artists will be featured: Takeshi Miyazawa, a Japanese-Canadian artist; Felipe Smith, an American living in Japan; and Svetlana Chmakova, a Russian-Canadian artist. In addition, a panel discussion will be held on January 14th from 2:00-4:00 PM, where two of the artists, an editor of a manga magazine and a translator discuss North American manga, from both an artistic and production perspective.

Date and time: January 5th-February 5th, 2012, 10:00AM-6:00PM (last entrance 5:30PM; closed Wednesdays)
Location: Kyoto International Manga Museum, 2nd floor, Gallery 4
Entrance fee: Free with a general admission ticket (800 yen for adults)
For more information:
Access: Karasuma Oike Subway Station

FM COCOLO – Tune in now!
FM COCOLO broadcasts information on living in Kyoto Prefecture, as well as on upcoming events, etc. in English and Chinese.

Station Name: FM COCOLO (76.5MHz)
Program Name: Kyoto Prefecture Information
Broadcast Days: Every Tuesday (Chinese) and Wednesday (English) – 1.5 minutes each
January Schedule: English on 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th at 16:15
Chinese on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st at 16:15