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Kyoto

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years (from 794 to 1868). The city is rich in nature, surrounded by mountains from three directions and intersects with the Kamogawa and Katsura rivers. Additionally, 14 of Kyoto’s historical temples and other buildings, including Kiyomizu Temple and Kamo-wake-ikazuchi-Jinja, are classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Kyoto has prospered as the center of the traditional Japanese culture for many years. It has also established itself as one of Japan's leading tourist destinations, where visitors have the opportunity to experience traditions like the Urasenke tea ceremony and Noh, a traditional Japanese dance-drama theatre. As the foundation of Japanese culture, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has also decided to relocate to Kyoto with the aim of promoting regional revitalization by strengthening cultural administration. Now that cultural arts are at stake due to coronavirus, we hope to learn about the significance of cultural existence and the inheritance of traditions in Japan.