The city of Kyoto was home to the Japanese imperial court from 794 to 1868, and though it has been a century and a half since the court moved to Tokyo, Kyoto continues to be regarded with veneration and affection as "the old capital," drawing countless visitors each year from both home and abroad to its many cultural attractions. But even as Kyoto retains vestiges of long ago, it has been transformed into a modern city. This book aims to introduce children to the amalgam of new and old that Kyoto has become today.
Endless streams of buses and taxis ply the city streets, and a network of rail and subway lines spreads out around the hub of Kyoto Station to carry residents and visitors to their destinations. Each company and line that is part of the transportation system has its own distinctive design and color scheme to identify it; the diverse vehicles and rolling stock are illustrated across five full pages. Subsequent pages illustrate festivals and other cultural events that take place in the course of a year, neighborhoods where traditional architecture still prevails, foods that are considered Kyoto specialties, the Kyoto Municipal Zoo and Kyoto Botanical Garden, and so on. Young readers can get a genuine feel for what the city of Kyoto is like today.