Kyoto (京都市 Kyōto-shi, pronounced [kʲjoːꜜto.ɕi]; UK /kɪˈt/, US /kiˈ-/, or /ˈkj-/) is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital.


In Japanese, the city has been called Kyō (), Miyako (), or Kyō no Miyako (京の都). In the 11th century, the city was renamed Kyoto ("capital city"), after the Chinese word for capital city, jingdu (京都). After the city of Edo was renamed Tokyo (meaning "Eastern Capital") in 1868, and the seat of the Emperor was transferred there, Kyoto was known for a short time as Saikyō (西京, meaning "Western Capital").

Obsolete spellings for the city's name include Kioto and Meaco. Another term commonly used to refer to the city in the pre-modern period was Keishi (京師), meaning "metropolis" or "capital".

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Kyoto: Mid-career geiko help preserve traditional entertainment

The Japan News 17 Sep 2019
Jikata performer Danmitsu, center, appears at the Miyako Odori dance festival, playing shamisen on the side of the stage in Kyoto ... The Kyoto traditional art foundation also posted an interview with Danmitsu on its website this spring, emphasizing that they open opportunities to people working in other fields and wanting to become jikata performers....

Nintendo teases new circular Switch controller

Sify 07 Sep 2019
Kyoto [Japan]. Nintendo has posted a video on its official YouTube channel, teasing a new Switch controller ... ....

PICS: Anele Mdoda visits Mauritius and Tokyo

Independent online (SA) 27 Aug 2019
Posting on her Instagram page, Mdoda posted pictures of her son Alakhe enjoying an ice cream, their boat trip and having fun in the sun. View this post on Instagram ... A post shared by zintathu (@zintathu) on Aug 17, 2019 at 3.42am PDT. View this post on Instagram. A post shared by zintathu (@zintathu) on Aug 17, 2019 at 2.45am PDT....

No confirmed motive yet for suspect in Kyoto Animation arson

Asahi News 19 Aug 2019
KYOTO--The motive of the suspect in the arson attack that killed 35 people at Kyoto Animation Co ... The arson occurred July 18 at Kyoto Animation’s No. 1 studio in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward ... A lawyer representing Kyoto Animation said the novel didn’t pass the contest's initial screening ... Why did the writer of the posts think Kyoto Animation stole his novel?....

YOSHIKI Donates 10 Million Yen To Kyoto Animation

Dothan Eagle 02 Aug 2019
2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen in support of the victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation fire which occurred on July 18 ... media, posted his personal message to Twitter. "I am in the United States and I learned about the Kyoto Animation fire on the local news," says YOSHIKI....

Comments bashing Kyoto Animation, posted last fall, found on internet forum

Japan Times 01 Aug 2019
Comments from last autumn criticizing Kyoto Animation Co., also known as KyoAni, have been found on an internet forum and police are investigating the posts ... ....

Arson suspect likely sent novel to KyoAni

The Japan News 31 Jul 2019
A number of comments attacking Kyoto Animation were posted on an internet message board last autumn, including accusations that the firm “rejected my work” and “stole my idea, which is unforgivable,” according to the Kyoto prefectural police and other sources....

Govt registers Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol

The Himalayan 31 Jul 2019
The government has registered Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol in the Parliament Secretariat stating that by ratifying the protocol the country would build a base to receive climate finance from national and international communities ... The post Govt registers Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol appeared first on The Himalayan Times....

How Reddit’s anime subreddit ended up praising a Holocaust-denying cosmetic surgeon

The Daily Dot 26 Jul 2019
The attack on Kyoto Animation Studio on July 18 is one of the worst mass killings in current Japanese history ... Help us help our friends at Kyoto Animation by donating (if you can) or sharing ... A post on the r/Anime subreddit detailing Takasu’s announcement of charity for the Kyoto Animation victims was met with a mostly positive reception....

Outpouring of support spreads across world for Kyoto Animation

Asahi News 19 Jul 2019
Support and grief poured in from top figures in the animation industry and fans across the world in response to the deadly arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto on July 18 ... On his Twitter account, Makoto Shinkai, director of the hit anime "Your Name.," posted, “All of Kyoto Animation Co., please be safe.”....

Arson attack on Japanese animation studio kills 33

Norwalk Reflector 19 Jul 2019
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the attack in the city of Kyoto “too appalling for words.” ... Thirty-three people were confirmed dead, an official for the Kyoto City Fire Department said ... Kyoto police declined to comment ... Many posted with the hashtag “#PrayForKyoani” – using an abbreviation for Kyoto Animation....

World leaders, Apple CEO offer tributes to Japanese studio after attack

Canada Dot Com 19 Jul 2019
The man suspected of torching the studio of Kyoto Animation, which resulted in Japan’s worst mass killing in two decades, did so because he believed the company had plagiarized his novel, media said on Friday ... Cook also posted condolences in Japanese, as did Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen....

Japan's Anime Industry in Anguish Over Kyoto Arson Attack

The Hollywood Reporter 19 Jul 2019
Japan's anime industry, a pillar of the country's popular culture, was collectively stricken Friday in the aftermath of the deadly arson attack on Kyoto Animation ... "I don’t know what to think," tweeted Yutaka Yamamoto, a veteran animation director who previously worked at Kyoto Animation....