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October 30, 1994
In March we took a 12-day walking tour of Kyoto offered by Esprit Travel Corp. of Santa Monica that we read about in "Tours and Cruises" (Oct. 18, 1992). Guide Steve Beimel's knowledge of Japanese history and his insights on the temples, Zen gardens, shrines and pathways greatly enhanced our appreciation of Kyoto. We were able to explore many places. YOKO TOMONO Los Angeles
April 7, 2014 | By Chris Foster
It is not unusual to find coaches from other schools visiting UCLA practices. It is a little different when one comes from halfway around the world to be there. Daisuke Nishimura , head coach at Kyoto University, and one of his assistants traveled to Los Angeles last week to watch spring practices as a guest of offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone . The two met last summer, when Mazzone was in Japan doing football clinics with a group of coaches. "I love the passion for it," Mazzone said.
July 22, 2007
The interior of 12th century Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto, Japan, captivates many tourists with its 1,001 gilded statues of the Kannon Buddha. But it was the simple contrast of its austere exterior that moved Katherine L. Waitman of Los Angeles when she visited Kyoto last spring. "We stepped outside, and the monk just happened to be passing by," she said. She caught the scene with an Olympus Stylus 740 digital.
September 19, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda: For Hiroshi Yamauchi, the hits kept coming - but he enjoyed none of them. "I have better things to do" than play video games, he told interviewers. Yamauchi, a gruff and uncompromising businessman who autocratically transformed Nintendo from a purveyor of playing cards to a gaming gargantuan, died in Japan on Thursday of pneumonia, his company said. He was 85. He ran the company for 52 years, until his retirement in 2002.
March 9, 1986 | JENNIFER MERIN, Merin is a New York City free-lance writer.
To the Japanese, Kyoto means tradition. This quiet city was the bustling capital for over a thousand years. During that time, local artisans, providing the imperial court and its officers with textiles, ceramic wares and the other necessities of life, developed their skills into fine art. When Japan's center of commerce and political life shifted to Edo (the ancient name for Tokyo) during the mid-1800s, many of the craftsmen remained in Kyoto and continued to work, refining their craft.
May 10, 1987
Japan Travel-Phone offers direct telephone service to anyone in need of English-speaking help in solving a language problem or obtaining travel information about Japan. The toll-free numbers: 0120-222 800 for information on the eastern Japan region, 0120-444 800 for the western. For visitors within the Tokyo or Kyoto city limits, calls should be directed to the JNTO Tourist Information Center (local calls are 10 yen for three minutes). The numbers: 502-1461 in Tokyo, 371-5649 in Kyoto.
March 7, 1999
I enjoyed your article "Searching for the Heart of Old Japan" (Jan. 31), especially since I have recently returned from a 12-day walking tour of Kyoto through Esprit Travel, which I found in one of the Times' Tours & Cruises columns. Not only did I avoid all of your author's frustrations and disappointments, but I was able to find the essence of what she was apparently looking for: a deep experience of the authentic heart of old Japan. Our tour leaders knew the city better than most Japanese, who never get to see most of what we saw. For example: Our leader in Kyoto took us on walking routes to one exquisite site after another, to private gardens, tea and conversation with monks, interviews with artists and back-room demonstrations by master craftsmen.
May 10, 1986 | United Press International
The ancient city of Kyoto treated Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana to a crash course in Japanese culture Friday, with a round of visits to temples, Zen gardens and a tea ceremony. "Diana-san," cried hordes of young girls waving bouquets along the royal couple's motorcade route. At one point, they departed from their schedule to shake hands with the young well-wishers.
July 19, 1987 | Kevin Keane
Yasunari Kawabata, winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize, is often cited as one of the representative Japanese novelists of the modern era, especially in light of his concern with the conflict between tradition and modernity. "The Old Capital" is set in post-war Japan and, as the translator points out, is filled with a melancholy feeling about Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
October 3, 1988 | From Reuters
Imperial graves in the old Japanese capitals of Kyoto and Nara were vandalized today in the first overt opposition to sympathetic media coverage of 87-year-old Emperor Hirohito's illness. Left-wing radicals scattered horse manure outside a burial mound in Nara reputed to contain the remains of Emperor Jimmu, the legendary first ruler of Japan, police said.
June 9, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Garden, one of Little Tokyo's most luminous landmarks, is in default on a $33.6-million loan and could face foreclosure if a resolution is not reached by Monday. But Martin Taylor, an Irvine attorney who represents the hotel's owner, Little Tokyo Partners LP, said Tuesday that he was optimistic a deal could be worked out with First Citizens Bank and Trust, which recently took over the loan from the original lender. "We're confident that once we sit down with the new lender and educate them on this project, we'll be able to work something out," Taylor said.
October 26, 2009 | Tim Flannery, Tim Flannery is chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council and the author of "Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future."
The international climate negotiations that have been grinding on for years may have crossed a Rubicon of sorts. That's because a new model of engagement for some nations is receiving wide attention. It's shorthanded as "national schedules," and it could get incorporated into the next world climate treaty -- the one that replaces the Kyoto Protocol -- to be signed in Copenhagen in December. Under the proposal, nations would list the steps they promise to take to deal with climate change and the reduced emissions they expect each step to result in. The model is drawn from international trade negotiations, in which nations schedule measures taken to free up trade.
October 3, 2009 | Kim Murphy
When Greg Nickels became Seattle's mayor in 2002, global warming was hardly at the top of the municipal agenda. New York's World Trade Center had been attacked, and officials had to figure out how to protect their own city from terrorism. Boeing was laying off 30,000 machinists, so there was the declining regional economy to deal with. Surely the federal government would worry about climate change. Then came the winter of 2004, when the Cascade Mountains snowpack was so disastrously low that ski resorts -- facing their worst year on record -- laid off most of their employees.
June 22, 2009 | Janice P. Nimura, Nimura is a New York-based critic whose work has appeared in Newsday and the Washington Post.
True fluency in two cultures is a privilege -- and a burden -- granted to few. Mary Yukari Waters is one of these. Her Irish American father met and married her mother in Kyoto, Japan, where Waters spent her early years. At age 9, she moved with her parents to California, where she still lives, while remaining close to her Kyoto relatives. Strikingly Caucasian-looking to the Japanese, more Japanese at heart than Americans suspect, Waters is unusually able to explain them to each other.
June 4, 2009
Adozen years ago, most of the countries of the world signed on to an unwieldy attempt to reduce greenhouse gases known as the Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. Congress declined to ratify.
February 3, 2009 | John M. Glionna
As master brewers have done for 13 centuries before him, the sake factory boss is everywhere at once in his rustic timbered building along Japan's rugged northern coastline: helping to drag sacks of rice, gently issuing instructions to his four brewing assistants, consulting with his own boss, a fifth-generation owner.
June 14, 2001
Re "Bush Turns His Back on Global Warming Treaty," June 12: While global warming itself may not be in dispute, the continuing assertion that it is attributable to "greenhouse gases" and that warming is strictly a cause-and-effect outcome of modern human activity is largely a political agenda masquerading as science (and junk science, at that). President Bush is right to proceed cautiously and insist upon valid evidence for this purported cause and effect. There have been numerous warming and cooling episodes throughout geologic time-scales, which predated modern industrial civilization and cannot have been caused by human activity.
June 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Berkeley-based computer scientist, a philosophy professor and a molecular biologist will each receive $460,000 as winners of this year's Kyoto Prizes for achievement in the arts and sciences. The awards were announced Friday. Computer scientist Richard Karp, a professor at UC Berkeley, won the prize in advanced technology for his work in measuring how difficult certain computational problems are to solve -- a fundamental step in designing computer algorithms.
December 6, 2007
Credit Al Gore, or Hurricane Katrina, or lousy skiing conditions in the Alps, but events of this week show that global warming has become a hot topic for governments around the world, including this country's -- even if the heightened awareness may not yet add up to a willingness to take tough measures to solve the problem. Thousands of delegates from 190 countries have swarmed to Bali, Indonesia, for the U.N.
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