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Heading to Kyoto soon? Simply want to know more about Japan’s ancient capital? We have the perfect book and DVD for you—and you could win them by answering one easy question!

Remember Stone Bridge Press? The nice people who gave us a whole load of copies of The Anime Encyclopedia to give away just last year? Well they’re back for another spurt of Japan-related generosity, and this time they have not one but two things to give away to one lucky RocketNews24 reader!

Exploring Kyoto

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“Among the world’s most cherished ancient cities, Kyoto, Japan, is perfect for exploring on foot. Richly detailed and small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, Exploring Kyoto is an essential guide to becoming an enlightened pedestrian in the area once known as Yamashiro (“the back of the mountains”). Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition of Exploring Kyoto offers two new routes and spans a spectrum of geographical and cultural topography, from bustling downtown quarters to remote mountaintops, hip eateries to ancient shrines.”

Kyoto – Heart of Japan (DVD)


“Master film director Kon Ichikawa (1915~2008) along with many of Japan’s most important artists presents the treasures of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Kyoto, Japan. Filmed at the Ryoanji Temple Stone Garden, the Meditation Hall of Tenryuji Temple, a Geisha residence, the Moss Garden of Saihoji Temple, the Katsura Imperial Villa and the Gion Festival.”

So, how do you go about getting your hands on the book and DVD? To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tell us, in no more than 200 words:

If you had 24 hours in Kyoto, what would you do?

Easy enough, right? To enter, simply ‘Like’ RocketNews24 on Facebook and send us a message via our Facebook page in the following format:

Re: Kyoto Giveaway
Your full name: 
Contact email address:
Your witty, creative answer:

The rules:

– Only one entry per person, please.
– You have until midnight (JST) on January 22, 2016 to enter.
– By entering, you allow RocketNews24 to publish your name and country on our website when announcing the winner. You also permit RocketNews24 to share your contact details with Stone Bridge Press for the purpose of mailing your prize.
– No cash alternative, no bribes (unless they’re, like, millions of dollars), no holding puppies hostage, etc etc.

The best answers will be chosen by a our staff and the good folks at Stone Bridge Press and the winners announced towards the end of the month, so stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to give Stone Bridge Press some love on Facebook—it’s not every day that publishers contact us with cool freebies to give away!

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Photos courtesy of Stone Bridge Press