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Chiyoda, Tokyo

Chiyoda is a special ward located in central Tokyo, Japan. It is known as Chiyoda City in English, it was formed in 1947 as a merger of Kanda and Kōjimachi wards following Tokyo City's transformation into Tokyo Metropolis. The modern Chiyoda ward exhibits contrasting Shitamachi and Yamanote geographical and cultural division; the Kanda area is in the core of the original commercial center of Edo-Tokyo. On the other hand, the western part of the Kōjimachi area represents a Yamanote district. Chiyoda consists of a surrounding radius of about a kilometer; as of May 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 54,462, a population density of 4,670 people per km², making it by far the least populated of the special wards. The total area is 11.66 km², of which the Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park, National Museum of Modern Art, Yasukuni Shrine take up 2.6 km², or 22% of the total area. Called the "political center" of the country, Chiyoda meaning "field of a thousand generations", inherited the name from the Chiyoda Castle.

With the seat of the Emperor in the Imperial Palace at the ward's center, many government institutions, such as the National Diet, the Prime Minister's Official Residence, the Supreme Court and agencies are located in Chiyoda, as are Tokyo landmarks such as Tokyo Station, Yasukuni Shrine and the Budokan. Akihabara, a district known for being an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for computer goods, is located in Chiyoda, as are fifteen embassies; the Chiyoda ward was created on March 1947 by the merger of Kanda Ward and Kōjimachi Ward. It has been a site of a number of historical events. In 1860, the assassination of Ii Naosuke took place outside the Sakurada Gate of the Imperial Palace. In 1932, assassins killed prime minister Inukai Tsuyoshi. In 1936, an attempted coup d'état, the February 26 Incident, occurred. In 1960, Socialist Party leader Inejirō Asanuma was assassinated in Hibiya Hall. In 1995, members of Aum Shinrikyo carried out the Tokyo subway sarin attack. Chiyoda is located at the heart of former Tokyo City in eastern mainland Tokyo.

The central area of the ward is furthermore occupied by the Imperial Palace. The east side of the ward, bordering Chūō, is the location of Tokyo Station; the south side, bordering Minato, encompasses the National Diet Building. It is exclusively occupied by administrations and agencies; the west and northwest are upper class residential. To the north and northeast are several residential neighborhoods and the Akihabara commercial district. Chiyoda is run by a city assembly of 25 elected members; the current mayor is an independent. For the Metropolitan Assembly, Chiyoda forms a single-member electoral district, it had been represented by Liberal Democrats for 50 years until the landslide 2009 election when 26-year-old Democratic newcomer Zenkō Kurishita unseated 70-year-old former Metropolitan Assembly president and six term assemblyman, Liberal Democrat Shigeru Uchida. In the 2013 election, no Democrat contested the seat and Uchida won back the district against a Communist and two independents.

The Tokyo Fire Department has its headquarters in Ōtemachi in Chiyoda. For the national House of Representatives, together with Minato and Shinjuku, forms the prefecture's 1st electoral district since the electoral reform of the 1990s; the district is represented by Constitutional Democrat Banri Kaieda. The ward is home to the National Diet, the Supreme Court of Japan and the residence of the Prime Minister of Japan and is the political nerve center of Japan; the Embassy of the United Kingdom is in Ichibancho in Chiyoda. The Embassy of Belgium has been located in the Kojimachi area since 1902 and at its location in Nibancho since 1928. During the reconstruction project from 2007 to 2009, the Belgian embassy was temporarily in Shibakoen, Minato ward; the Embassy of Ireland is located in the Kōjimachi area of Chiyoda. The Embassy of Israel is located in Niban-cho in Chiyoda; the Embassy of the Philippines is in Fujimi in Chiyoda. On December 31, 2001, Chiyoda had 6,572 buildings which were taller.

Some of the districts in Chiyoda are not inhabited, either because they are parks, because they consist only of office buildings, and/or because they are small. The area on the eastern side of Akihabara Station is the location of several districts that cover at most a few buildings. Kanda-Hanaokachō is, for example, limited to the Akihabara Station and the Yodobashi Camera department store. Understanding the address system in the Kanda area can be troublesome for non-locals. Kōjimachi Area, former Kōjimachi Ward The Banchō area, an upper class residential area, home of the embassies of Belgium, the UK and Israel. Chiyoda - "1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku" is the official address of the Imperial Palace Fujimi, location of the Philippines embassy as well as several schools Hayabusachō - Houses the Supreme Court of Japan and the National Theater Hibiya Kōen - Address for Hibiya Park, a large park south of the Imperial Palace Hirakawachō Iidabashi Kasumigaseki - The nerve center of Japan's administrative agencies Kioichō - The name, ki-o-i, is a three-kanji acronym consisting of one kanji each from the names of the Kishū Domain, Owari Domain, Ii clan, whose daimyō residences were here during the Edo period Kitanomaru Park, North of the imperial palace

Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

Anthology of Fantastic Zoology is an orchestral symphony by the American composer Mason Bates. The work was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for whom Bates was composer-in-residence, it was premiered June 18, 2015 at Symphony Center in Chicago, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing under conductor Riccardo Muti, to whom the work is dedicated. The piece is based on the eponymous book by Jorge Luis Borges; the movements of the work are titled after mythical creatures from the book Anthology of Fantastic Zoology by Jorge Luis Borges. Bates commented on this inspiration in the score program notes, writing:A master of magical realism and narrative puzzles, Borges was the perfect writer to create a compendium of mythological creatures. Several are of his own invention; the musical realization of this, a kind of psychedelic Carnival of the Animals, is presented in eleven interlocking movements. The piece has a duration of 30 minutes and is composed in eleven continuous movements: Forest: Twilight Sprite Dusk The A Bao A Qu Nymphs Night The Gryphon Midnight Sirens The Zaratan Madrugada Anthology of Fantastic Zoology is scored for an orchestra comprising three flutes, three oboes, three clarinets, two bassoons, four French horns, three trumpets, two trombones, bass trombone, three percussionists, harp, piano/celesta, strings.

Reviewing the world premiere, Lawrence A. Johnson of the Chicago Classical Review praised the symphony, remarking, "Bates has crafted a kaleidoscopic half-hour work, choosing an array of Borges’ mythical creatures to paint in eleven interstiched sections." Johnson continued, "Dedicated to Muti, Zoology is the 37-year-old composer's largest and most ambitious orchestral work to date, scored for huge forces and massive percussion battery. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune lauded the piece, writing:At just over 30 minutes, Anthology of Fantastic Zoology is the largest piece Bates has composed to date. A huge percussion battery co-opts the role of electronica a key element of Bates' orchestral arsenal. While individual movement titles reference nymphs, sirens, a sprite and a gryphon, this fantastical menagerie becomes a pretext for a grand, surprising, exuberantly colorful concerto for orchestra, one that pays homage to both the full ensemble and to individual members of that ensemble. Georgia Rowe of the San Jose Mercury News called the piece "scintillating" and said, "It's a large, panoramic 30-minute score, one that surges with vitality and glistens with alluring orchestral color."

Karl E. Landler

Karl E. Landler is a French actor, filmmaker who stars in French and American TV shows and films, he joined the international cast of the Sci-Fi TV series Métal Hurlant Chronicles. He is the face of numerous worldwide campaigns such as Shiseido by Jean Paul Goude and Red Steel 2 for Ubisoft. Karl is a FreeRunner Parkour and stuntman who worked many times with Luc Besson, he worked twice with Jean Marc Pascal Arnold. He played Paul, a simple minded sidekick, in Chacun sa nuit alongside Lizzie Brocheré and Arthur Dupont and a small appearance in American Translation again with Lizzie Brocheré. In 2014, he co-starred in the American-French indie movie Layover with American actress Nathalie Fay directed by Joshua Caldwell. Layover premiered at Seattle international Film Festival. In 2016, Karl joined the cast of the french romantic comedie Une Famille Formidable, the longest french TV show produced on the main network TF1, he played Bruno Viguier a member of the main family. His character come back after 15 years of absence.

E. Landler join the show at the end of the 13 season. Series regular. In 2014, Karl joined the international cast of the Syfy TV show Métal Hurlant Chronicles sold in over 100 countries, he plays the lead in "Loyal Khondor". He played Robin Torrens, the killer, in the award-winning TV Show Alice Nevers, in a two episodes prime time special for the French main network TF1, it was watched by over 6.9 M. Karl portrayed "Lt Adrien Fontel", a former G. I with the Capgras Syndrome disorder in the TV show Profilage, it opened the new season with more than 7.7 M viewers, considered as the highest opening for the show. The episode, "Panic" was in the official competition and won Best TV drama at the number one French International TV festival, La Rochelle. In France, He played in many of the most successful French TV shows with some of his episodes establishing prime time records and gathering awards, he is the lead of the TV movie Les Fauves, produced by the main French network TF1. Karl played an undercover cop in a mafia unit.

E. Landler is the face of LAFUMA well known as an outdoor clothing brand. Karl's acrobatic skills bring him on to represent Shiseido in a worldwide print and video campaign shot and created by Jean Paul Goude. Karl was starring in the award-winning campaign for the french army which premiered in theatre before James Bond: Casino Royal and has been aired for three years on TV and theatre before blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caraibean, his co-star is the César award -winning actress Zita Hanrot. He played the boyfriend of the NRJ's award winner singer Amel Bent in her music video Je reste, it peaked as number one on the Belgian Singles Chart. He co-wrote and starred in the short film DuO alongside Marem Hassler his co-star in Metal Hurlant Chronicles. DuO won best comedy and best actress and got nominated for best actor and best director at Los Angeles Independent Films festival, his IMDb and AlloCine page he is on Instagram, Facebook Page and Twitter He was honored at the first Chinese Oscars in Hollywood, Huading Awards