"...Kyoto Japanese Restaurant..."
"...Ten years ago, in December 1997, the city of Kyoto, Japan, hosted the first successful international conference on global warming, during which most of the world's developed countries agreed that joint action – under the Kyoto accord – must be taken to curtail global warming. To mark the 10th anniversary of the agreement, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies commissioned an essay by environmentalist Bill McKibben to commemorate the occasion and to address the international progress to reduce global warming – or the failure to do so – since that event..."
"...Over the years, Kyoto Downtown has earned a reputation for being the place in Austin to go for good sushi. So I thought it was finally time that I go there and taste for myself what all the hype was about..."
"...I remember so well the final morning hours of the Kyoto conference. The negotiations had gone on long past their scheduled evening close, and the convention-center management was frantic – a trade show for children's clothing was about to begin, and every corner of the vast hall still was littered with the carcasses of the sleeping diplomats who had gathered in Japan to draw up a first-ever global treaty to curb greenhouse-gas emissions..."
"...Well, we’re not in Chicago anymore, or even its soundstage approximation, but that hasn’t stopped Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall from fashioning another epic spectacle out of two squabbling women in (a sort-of) show business. Based on the literary bestseller by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha charts the impressive rise of a fishing-village indigent who, sold into servitude, eventually conquers her chief rival and all of Kyoto as its most powerful geisha, Sayuri (played as an adult by Ziyi Zhang)..."
"...The night is anything but short, and the protagonist – simply known as the Girl With Black Hair (Hanazawa) – goes everywhere but home. She ditches a boring boozy party to go out for a night in Kyoto's Ponto Town district, and launches into a cheerful, psychotropic, pop art cavalcade of adventure..."
"...Not only are the guitars part of a hip public-art project, but more importantly, they're to raise money for some great nonprofits that are benefiting children, artists, and musicians in town." But can't we find a way to do that without being forced to appreciate a what's essentially a form of marketing as art? All will be forgiven if the piece is returned by 5pm today, said a Gibson representative. Otherwise, "We will continue to work with the mayor's office and the police force to bring these thieves to justice and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law." UPDATE: The Statesman's unbelievably monikered "All Ablog Austin" is reporting the statute made it as far as around the corner: "An Austin Guitartown sculpture that was believed to be stolen has been found less than a block from its now-vacant display stand in an entryway of a nearby building. Kyoto Japanese Restaurant sushi chef Scott Lorfing said he first noticed the 10-foot guitar sculpture in the entryway leading to the restaurant on Monday and didn’t realize anyone thought it had been stolen until he watched the television news this morning."ANOTHER UPDATE BELOW..."
"...(It speaks to some sort of collective masochism that we take such pleasure in watching ourselves be flattened, or, more likely, we just get a kick out of destruction – cinematically it does, after all, date back at least to 1936’s San Francisco, if not the early silent newsreels.) Quaid plays paleoclimatologist Jack Hall, who, along with scientist Ian Holm, discovers that unchecked global warming has caused a disruption of the planet’s warm water ocean currents, which in turn causes huge ice shelves to calve off of the poles and raise sea levels precipitously. Cue nature’s wrath at the United States’ shortsighted pummeling of the Kyoto Accord and enter cyclones that smash Los Angeles, bowling ball-sized hail in Japan, and land-borne hurricanes across the globe that funnel in subzero temperatures from the upper atmosphere and unleash blizzards and worse on the upper 48..."
"...In a series of climate change negotiations that culminated last week in Montreal, and amid a slew of newly released studies detailing the disastrous implications of a warming planet, many industrialized nations other than the U.S. made strides toward strengthening the Kyoto Protocol's goals to curb global warming..."
"...What is needed is a new Kyoto Protocol that reflects the urgency and magnitude of the challenge: a rapid global transition to noncarbon energy sources in the next 30 years. One approach might involve three elements: In industrial countries, withdraw the roughly $250 billion a year in subsidies for coal and oil, and put those same subsidies behind clean-energy sources..."
"...December 1997: The developed countries come together in Kyoto, Japan, and negotiate a treaty to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The United States never ratifies the treaty...."
"...The U.S. and Australia (together, the largest offenders in carbon-dioxide pollution, not to mention the sole abstainers among major industrial nations on the Kyoto treaty to reduce emissions) have done more to hinder than help these initiatives..."
"...The more he learned about energy sustainability, he says, the more his passion and interest grew, although initially he regarded global warming as just one in the "grab bag" of environmental issues. One personal turning point was watching the international debate surrounding the Kyoto Protocol; "I was appalled we didn't sign the treaty," he says..."
"...And he has pushed for the U.S. Senate to approve the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, the 1997 treaty designed to reduce global output of greenhouse gases..."
"...Despite opening fanfare proclaiming it a pet project of the Top Chef star, Paul Qui never planned to cut the fish (even before his recent arrest), but rather saw it as a chance to endorse his longtime colleague and mentor Yoshi Okai. A Kyoto-born jack-of-all-Japanese-trades, his 22-course tasting menu is a kaiseki-style journey through different preparations of Japanese cuisine...."
"...Swift's Attic is in the space previously occupied by the sushi restaurant Kyoto. Co-owner and General Manager CK Chin says that part of the inspiration behind Swift's sake program is to pay homage to Kyoto's 28-year service to Austin, but it has a life of its own as well..."
"...They've joined a throng that includes 110 international heads of state, negotiators from 193 countries (about a dozen of them crucial), an estimated 20,000 official participants, and thousands of other observers, activists, and hangers-on from around the globe, all converging for the big climate-action meet-up. The urgent goal is an international agreement on the basic terms for a binding treaty to replace (and improve) the Kyoto Protocol, the current global climate-pollution-reduction agreement, which expires in 2012...."
"...Titan Go King's brought their zany, over-the-top pop-punk from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2000, signing with Audrey Kimura's influential Benten label. The trio's second album, Gut's Idol, was released last year..."
"...Prior to Ducasse, no one had been allowed to open a restaurant in the palace itself, a place pivotal to the French national identity. Meanwhile, as construction continues in France, de Maistre follows him around the world, doing what he loves best and does best – trying new foods, appreciating new chefs, relishing the taste of Kyoto and Manila and Shanghai and London and Monaco and the Gobi Desert and, of course, Paris...."
"...Soto is, above everything else, a family business. The Okamoto family has been in the restaurant business in Japan for generations, and boasts a well-known Japanese chef, Chef Ke Okamoto, in Kyoto..."