The charging for the household garbage collection services has been implemented since October 2006; we must dispose of garbage in special plastic bags designated by Kyoto City. By purchasing these garbage bags, we will become more aware of waste issues. For the creation of a sustainable environment where reduction, reuse and recycle of wastes are well promoted, we should bear in mind the following words; gIf you mix, they become garbage. If you separate, they become resources.h
In Kyoto City, garbage is separated into several groups shown in the Table (For details, please refer to the poster gHow to dispose of garbage in Kyoto Cityh*1). Citizens are obliged to use the designated plastic bags for the following two groups: gNon-recyclable (leftover food, plastics, glasses, rubbers, etc.)h and gEmpty cans, empty glass bottles and used plastic bottles.h The former was just burned and dumped in a landfill site, whereas the latter recycled as well as gCompact metals.h Garbage in the above groups are collected regularly at nearby collection sites.
Other recyclables are collected at each collection base. Washed cut-open gmilk/juice cartons,h gused batteriesh and gused cooking oilh should be brought to the designated recycling bins set up in each ward office, machi-bika office, supermarket, etc. gUsed papers (newspapers, cardboards, magazines, etc.)h need to be tied together and brought to the collection bases designated by local autonomies. Washed returnable bottles should be brought back to the collection bases *2 to be cleaned up, and checked for reuse.
In this way, Kyoto City is trying to promote recycling programs. However, the most important thing is to think about how to reduce the amount of wastes. Why not reduce and separate household garbage and help make Kyoto an Eco-friendly City.
- IMAHARA Hiroaki
*1 English/Chinese/Korean-versions are available in KICH.
Interview with gKanchoh
The voluntary reporters of LIFE IN KYOTO (LIK) had the opportunity to interview Mr. Hisakazu Takagi, the Representative Director of Kyoto International Community House.Mr. Takagi prefers to be called simply gKanchoh which means the director of the organization but sounds more intimate.
Here is Mr. Takagifs brief profile.Born and raised in Kyoto, he was educated at Doshisha University majoring in Economics.Uniquely and surprisingly enough, Mr. Takagi, while still merely a student, started to operate an English Jyuku or an English cramming school.With such profound love and keen interest in foreign languages, particularly in English, he successfully carried out his career in the Municipal Office of Kyoto until he became a Vice Mayor in 2000.He retired in 2005, but continues to serve Kyoto in international affairs, such as being the Representative Director of Kyoto International Community House with full time duties and also being the secretary general of The League of Historical Cities.Incidentally, it is interesting to note that Mr. Takagi has a free English class named Kanchofs English Cafe for senior citizens.It is well regarded among the participants.Mr. Takagi added that English has paramount importance as the media of international communication in order to bring people close together, to create mutual appreciation and comprehension which will eventually develop global friendships.
Being asked by the interviewers concerning the role of Kyoto International Community House, Mr. Takagi indicated that the House should contribute to people from overseas, both residing and visiting here, including international students, by keeping them free from any barriers caused by the gap of culture or daily customs.
He, furthermore, emphasized that any people both from abroad and Japan are most welcomed to visit or contact us here for whatever their needs are.Mr. Takagi concluded his message by saying that only through the collaborated effort of every one concerned, we can build creatively and fully enjoy an ideal international community, as s city open to the free exchange of world cultures, which LIK always aims at. That is really Life in Kyoto.
- NARITA Saburo & FUJII Tatsuzo
Use Coupons and Save Money!
Eating out can be expensive. But did you know there are ways to make it less expensive?
By using coupons from freely distributed magazines or printing out coupons from websites, the price of eating out can be reduced. One of the most known ones is the monthly-issued magazine called Hot Pepper
With a red and blue cover, Hot Pepper is distributed all around Kyoto city. You can find it in various parts of the city: convenience stores, supermarkets, video renting places, or karaoke places. Paying literary 0 yen to get this magazine, Hot Pepper provides discount coupons that you can use all over Kyoto. Some also use them to try out new places.
The magazine comes out every last Friday of the month. However, it is a popular magazine; it could run out quite fast. But, no worries, Hot Pepper has its own website. There, you can print out coupons and use them just like the paper version!
When you find a red and blue cover next time, take a look. You might be able to find your favorite places!!
- ASUKA Ashida
Hot Pepper@ http://www.hotpepper.jp
Buzz Words@ Here we introduce recent words of topic in Japan
LOHAS?Concept of caring about a healthy and environmentaly-friendly life (LOHAS is an abbreviation for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability)
This word showed up a couple of years ago, and now we can find it in womenfs fashion magazines, environmental journals and so on. LOHAS is a new concept that was born in the late 1990s in US.People who care LOHAS care about ahealthy and environmentaly-friendly life, for instance they do yoga, take supplements or natural foods, buy products from corporations which contribute to the social society.The market for LOHASis expanding, which shows that many people have healthy and environmentaly-friendly ideas for their life and caring for LOHAS in their own way.
- OKAJIMA Chikako
Series: My favorite Kyoto
There are a lot of temples and shrines in Kyoto such as Chion-in, Yasaka, Touji, and Higashi- and Nishi-Honganji. Of those many, I like, Kiyomizudera as you know, the best. It is a national treasure and was registered on UNESCOfs World Heritage list in 1994. It was built by Saint Enchin in 778 in the Nara period, more than 1200 years ago. He originally chiseled a figure, Otowakannon and enshrined it in a thatched humble cottage on a top of a waterfall because he had received a message from God in his dream.
After that, it was burnt down again and again by wars. Its present structure was rebuilt by the third Shogun in the Edo period, Iemitsu Tokugawa in1633. The most famous observation platform called a gstageh in Kiyomizudera is a real one where Japanese traditional dances are dedicated and the outlook from it is really amazing as the proverb, gKiyomizu no butai kara tobioriru.iu´ Ìä©çòÑ~èévjsays. We can see Sakura blossoms in spring and Momiji in fall. I have been there three times. You should go there at the beginning of April when Sakura petals are falling from trees. The way to Kiyomizudera makes us happy. The all things we see such as the people in kimono, gift shops, and the five-storied pagoda put us in a graceful mood.
Bang Jun Sung
-translated by Tanio Misa
Kyoto International Community house Open day
Time and date: November 3rd (Holiday/Fri) 11AM-4PM
contents:*Lecturer,*Overseas Long Term Stay Seminar,Global Stage,World Food Stalls,Small Flea Market...and so on!
Sponsored by Kyoto City International Foundation
*you need apply via phone. More¨http://www.kcif.or.jp/
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 Dec. 2nd (Sat) 1PM-5PM
Sponsored by Kyoto City International Foundation
APPLICATION 075-752-3511¥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
Oct 8 (Sun)ENov 26 (Sun) 10AM-4PM
Where: On the corner of Kawaramachi Dori and Oikeseihoku ¥In front of City Hall
Check@http://www.plusone.ne.jp/freema1.htm for the future schedule.
Sponsor: Plus One Network Tel: 075-229-7713