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Kyoto (京都 Kyōto) is a city in the south-western Kansai region of the island of Honshū, Japan, within a valley in the Tamba Highlands. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan (before Tokyo), it is now the capital of the Kyoto Prefecture as well as a major part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area.
Although ravaged by wars, fires, and earthquakes during its eleven centuries as the imperial capital, Kyoto was spared from the firebombing of World War II. With its 2000 religious places- 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and architecture intact, it is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Noted for it's more traditional style, the city has a high presentation of nature and scenery and tends to be more of a "zen garden" feel compared to the modernized bustle of Tokyo.

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Significance In Negima

Kyoto is both the scene of Konoka Konoe's home and the area in which the Field Trip arc of Negima takes place. During the trip, which is a cover for Negi to deliver a message to the Kansai association and search for information regarding his father, Negi finds himself under siege from eastern mages who seek to keep relationships between the east and west from becoming too close. During this trip, focus is placed heavily on Konoka Konoe's background story, and, by consequence, Setsuna's background becomes clearer. This is also a time where Nodoka and Yue both begin to more openly display their feelings for Negi, and for Yue it causes conflict, being the fact she considers Nodoka a close friend and thus anyone she loves should not be on her affection list. The main conflict in this event arises when hired help of eastern mages strikes the home base
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The class by Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto

of the Kansai association, encasing most of the occupants in stone and kidnapping Konoka. It is here that one of Negi's later main enemies is introduced, Fate Averruncus. It is later revealed the Konoka was kidnapped because she herself is a powerful mage, although she has no knowledge of it. Her power is even stated to be possibly greater than the Thousand Master's, Negi's father. After tapping into Konoka's power, an eastern charm user summons a powerful demon, whom Negi cannot defeat even with his most powerful of spells. Evangeline appears and defeats it with a high level "End of the World"  ice spell.

This is also the place where Kotarou, a hired dog demon, makes his appearance. After trapping Negi and Asuna in the thousand gates, he appears to fight them. They defeat him and trap him within his own spell with the help of Nodoka however. Kotarou reappears later on in the storyline and becomes an almost "friendly rival" of Negi.


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