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Recently creators from Germany and Japan held the symposium titled, "Is It Tough to Be Free? - Artists' Various Ways of Living" at Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa, in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto. Creators of movies, music, contemporary art and other works shared their thoughts regarding the market realities around them, possibilities of public and private support, and other topics under the theme of environments of artists working individually while not belonging to an organization.
Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2, people involved with Buddhist services at Daizenin Temple in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, made a stone statue of "Ojizo-san," or the Guardian Deity of Travelers and Children, in order to pass down the history of children who lost their families in the war. A High school student in charge of designing the statue put feeling into the design, saying "War is wrong. We want to symbolize the sentiment of looking for peace."
In response to the increasing number of foreign tourists, who use restrooms according to the lifestyle habits of their own countries, Kyoto City Government has prepared stickers for understanding the correct way to use restrooms in Japan. The stickers have been prepared for using both Japanese and western-style toilets, with many illustrations for understanding with just a glance. They will be placed mainly in public restrooms in the city's tourist areas.
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