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Kyoto to offer free admission to Nijo Castle, other sites to celebrate new era

Nijo Castle in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward (Mainichi)

KYOTO -- The municipal government here will open several local attractions to the public for free on May 1 to celebrate the enthronement of the soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito.

The sites include Nijo Castle, Kyoto City Zoo, Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History and Kyoto Municipal Science Center For Youth.

The city government will place billboards and banners at municipal facilities including the Kyoto municipal office between May 1 and 31 to mark the celebrations. The administrative body plans to hold special exhibitions and lectures to commemorate the era change from Heisei to Reiwa.

Among the commemorative events are: a panel exhibition to show the connection between Kyoto and the Imperial Family at Teramachi Square at Zest Oike, an underground shopping arcade in front of the municipal office, until May 7; offerings of tea and special Japanese confectioneries at the Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa until May 6; and a special exhibition of panels showing the site of the banquet hall for Emperor Hirohito's enthronement, which was examined during construction work for Kyoto State Guest House, at Kyoto City Archaeological Museum until May 26.

The municipal government is also introducing a list of some local private events related to the enthronement of the new emperor with links to their websites on: https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/sogo/page/0000249493.html (in Japanese).

(Japanese original by Masateru Sawaki, Kyoto Bureau)

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