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Enjoy eating healthy food in a refurbished machiya



Have you ever heard of "Falafel"before? It is a fried ball or patty made from chickpeas, traditionally served as a filling ingredient in a pita bread sandwich. Falafel is a typical fast food in the Middle East.
It has now spread worldwide to become a healthy fast food.

'Falafel Garden,'a healthy fast food restaurant, opened two years ago in Kyoto. Here we can enjoy eating falafel in a traditional Japanese house or machiya that was built about 100 years ago. In a sense, Falafel Garden is a place where Israeli cuisine meets Japanese architecture.


A tranquil ambience and a pleasant courtyard effectively create a peaceful environment where customers can feel relaxed while eating. Therefore, not only is your hunger satisfied by delicious falafel pita sandwiches but this relaxed and delightfully decorated restaurant also satisfies your mind.

Falafel balls and lots of vegetables smothered in a sesame-based sauce make an excellent harmony and draw a lot of smiles from customers. Some other pita sandwiches are also available such as Humus (paste salad of chickpeas, 450 yen), Baba Ganoush (eggplants and sesame paste, 550 yen),and Avocado (avocado with white cheese, 600 yen) sandwhiches. All of these are so healthy that one doesn't need to be careful about eating too much fat.

Mr. Amile, the manager of the restaurant

Mr. Amile, the manager of the restaurant

Mr. Amile, the manager of the restaurant, says, "Nothing makes me feel happier than customers' smiles." He, too, is always busy working hard with a smile, which simultaneously makes customers happier.

-by ITOU Hidetoshi
-translated by IMAHARA Hiroaki

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Falafel Garden
Falafel Garden
3-16 Shimoyanagi-cho, Tanaka , Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Open: 11:30 ~ 21:30 (open seven days a week)
Tel:Tel 075-712-1856
URL: http://

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Tap into Italian Culture in Kyoto

"Ciao"is a greeting used to say "hello"or "good-bye" in the Italian language. Soccer (2006 World Cup winner!), pasta, and the Renaissance...Residents in Kyoto city may already be familiar with Italy. The special topic of this month provides some basic information on two organizations where you can understand and experience Italian culture in Kyoto.

Kyoto Italian-Japanese Cultural Center (Centro Culturale Italo-Giapponese di Kyoto)

The Kyoto Italian-Japanese Cultural Center was founded in 1972 with the help of both the Japanese and Italian governments and some civilian organizations. The center worked in close collaboration with researchers, from the Department of Italian Language and Literature at Kyoto University, who wished to contribute to the dissemination of Italian culture and the promotion of cultural exchange. The center is now under the direction of Professor Yasuhiro Saito, of the same department, and has two other branches -one in Shijo Karasuma, Kyoto and the other in Umeda, Osaka.
A variety of activities are available including Italian language courses, lectures on Italian culture, concerts, and so on. In addition, the center offers useful information and guidance to those who wish to study in Italy. Furthermore, the collection of the library, which consists of more than seven thousand references (books, CDs and DVDs), is open to the public. To borrow these materials, however, one must be a student of the courses in the center or a member of the center society called "Tomo no kai".

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Yoshida-Ushinomiya-cho 4,Higashiichijo-dori Higashioji,Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8302 Tel: Tel075-761-4356

Italian Cultural Institute - Kyoto (Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Kyoto)

Founded in 1978, the Italian Institute of Culture -Kyoto is an official branch of the Italian government dedicated to the promotion of Italian culture, language, and cultural exchange. In 2000, the institute moved to the current location.
A variety of Italian language courses, culture courses about music and art, lectures, practical lessons, and concerts are held at the institute. The following are some examples: Italian opera courses, singing lessons, clarinet lessons, copper engraving lessons, introduction to Italian cuisine.
The institute has been under the direction of Ms. Grazia Bozzoli, who is interested in new projects and eager to show us "Not only good old Italy, but also modern Italy."
The institute is planning to arrange some courses and events relating to design, fashion, tourism, and food.

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344-1 Sanjo-cho, Shinmachi-dori Sanjo Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8205
Tel: Tel075-253-6565

Why don't you visit these two places in Kyoto and enjoy a greater understanding of Italian culture? Well then, I guess it's a time to say "Ciao!"

-by FUJII Tatsuzo
-translated by IMAHARA Hiroaki

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Buzz Words  Here we introduce recent words of topic in Japan

Metabolic Syndrome - An accumulation of dangerous metabolic risk factors.

This past May, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announced that almost half of men aged 40 to 74 and 25% of women in the same age bracket are suffering or are going to suffer from Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed for those people with an elevated waist size, high blood pressure, and elevated levels of fasting glucose and triglycerides. Metabolic Syndrome needs to be dealt with because it can lead to serious illnesses like heart attacks and strokes. Daily exercise and a proper diet are the key to avoiding Metabolic Syndrome.

- by OKAJIMA Chikako

You can find more information on this at:

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Series: My favorite Kyoto

The northwestern part of the city has a lot to offer to the visitors and residents of Kyoto. In addition to Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, and Ninnaji there is a great mountain walk that can be done in less than two hours. Just behind Ninnaji, on the slopes of Mt Joju, is the Omuro Eighty-eight Temple Pilgrimage(御室八十八箇所). This miniature version of the original more extensive route in Shikoku is convenient for those that cannot make the long trip. According to Judith Clancy's "Exploring Kyoto" the Imperial Prince and 29th Abbot of Ninnaji, Sainin, a devoted follower of Kobo Daishi, began construction of the famed pilgrimage route in 1829. The well-marked trail twists up and down Mt Joju along a path dotted with 88 small charming temples. The 3km hike/walk is steep at times but rewards those who persevere with wonderful views of the city. Many local people use this place to get their daily dose of exercise. However, I can always find my own little piece of solitude overlooking the bustling city.

You can take city bus 8,10, 26, 59 to Omuro Ninnaji (御室仁和寺) and then walk five minutes up the hill behind the temple to begin the circuit.

- by Jamie RAVETZ

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Event Information

Kyoto Guide Club One-day Tour

Experience of Green soybeans harvesting in Yagi cho

Experience of Green soybeans harvesting in Yagi cho
Time and date: October 14th (Sat)
Meet at Yagi st.of JR San-in line at 10PM Will finish around 4PM
Participants: Up to 30 non-Japanese residents・Fee: 300yen
You can take home the harvested Green soybeans.
Sponsored by the KCIF and led by the Kyoto Guide Club Contact: Tel075-752-3511・Please apply via phone.
Further information will be sent to participants by mail.

Free Counseling Day for Non-Japanese Residents 2006

Specialists in the following fields will provide counseling and information: Legal advice,Visa / Status of residence, Taxation,
Social insurance / Pension, Mental health. Interpreters are available.
Date Sep. 17th (Sun) 1PM-5PM
Sponsored by Kyoto City International Foundation
APPLICATION Tel075-752-3511・Please apply via phone.
Volunteer interpreters are wanted!

If you don't need it give it to someone who does! Kyoto City Hall Flea Market

When: Aug 6 (Sun)・Sep 3 (Sun) 10AM-4PM
Where: On the corner of Kawaramachi Dori and Oikeseihoku ・In front of City Hall
Check for the future schedule.
Sponsor: Plus One Network Tel: Tel075-229-7713

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