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In the Naginata Hoko community of the Gion Festival, the "Kippu-iri" opening ritual was held at the town hall in Shijo-dori Karasumahigashi-iru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, on July 5. Sodai Naito, the "Chigo," or a sacred child, gave a public performance of the "Taihei-no-mai" dance, which will be performed on the float in the procession held on July 17.
Setting this year as "Inbound, the first year," or the initial year for attracting foreign tourists, leaders in the public and private sectors have been jointly promoting Otsu City in Taiwan since July 13. Taiwan was selected as Taiwanese are the largest segment of foreign tourists to Shiga Prefecture and Taiwan has also been drawing keen attention from tourism-related agencies in the city. Publicity for Otsu City in Taiwan is underway with the goal of it leading to an increase in visitors.
Sanrio Company, Ltd. opened "Sanrio Gallery Kyoto" at Shijo-dori Teramachi Higashi-iruˇ˘Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, on July 11 to sell its goods, such as popular character "Hello Kitty" goods and others. The store has a tax-free counter for foreign tourists.
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