Kyoto? What kind of place is it?

Kyoto? What kind of place is it

Japan is an island country on the eastern seaboard of Mainland Asia. The country consists of hundreds of islands of which four are considered the main islands of Japan, Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.
Our school is located in Kyoto , in the central island Honshu, which is the typical and historical city of Japan. Each year many people from around the world come to Kyoto to visit temples of both Shinto and Buddhist origins. Kyoto boosts a history of more than 1200 years, and with a population of around 1.38 million, it is one of the most important cities in Japan. Many cultural events are held every year. In July the “Gion Matsuri” one of Japan's three must-see festivals and in August another big Kyoto event is “Gosan no Okuribi” where big fires are set ablaze in five mountains around the city.

Total Area
4,612,71km2
Total inhabitants
2,64 millions
Climate
15.9℃ yearly average
36.9℃ highest temperature
3.7℃ lowest temperature
(according to: Kyoto Prefecture
Weather Department)
Geography
Kyoto Prefecture is situated in the middle of the Japanese islands and it is the 31st. biggest in area of the total of Japan's 47 prefectures.

Kyoto ? the city of fusion of traditional culture and technology

History
History
From 794 to 1869 when the capital was moved to Tokyo, Kyoto was the capital of Japan in a period of more than a thousand year. Many buildings were constructed during this time. Among these are the famous Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu Temple and Heian Shrine.
Cutting edge technology
Cutting edge technology
On the contrary to common popular belief that Kyoto is a city a ancient traditions, in fact many modern cutting edge technology is created here in the heart of this historical city. The game consol developer Nintendo, the IT giant Kyocera and microchip maker ROHM are all here. Kyoto inhabitants are not shy to show pride in having one of it's industry, Mr. Koichi Tanaka who is working for Shimadzu Corporation, awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry in the year 2000.
Culture and arts
Culture and arts
Kyoto had long been known for it's many traditional arts like the exquisite tea ceremony and flower arrangement, Ikebana. Besides the traditional arts there are yet the modern arts, fashion and music which are constantly created in this city.
Kyoto, a city of many universities
Kyoto, a city of many universities
Kyoto City has many universities as statistics show that no less than about 10% of the total population are university students. This is, when compared to other cities in Japan, an outstanding amount of university students. The city has an ideal environment for a life as a student and it is also a place with international exchange as many foreign exchange students have chosen Kyoto as a place to study in Japan. Kyoto has not only the University of Kyoto as one of the main stream universities, but dozens of other private and non-private higher learning institutions.

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