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Press Release (French promotion materials & Kumano Kodo Audio Guide)

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau held a press release on February 2nd for the local press club at the Tanabe City Hall.The usual style of our press releases is to distribute press release documents to the press club. However this time we had wanted to draw special attention to two very important projects that our bureau has been working on, so we decided to hold a formal press release. Our two initiatives were our French language promotion project and the completion of the in-depth English Kumano Kodo Audio Guide. Part of our French language promotion project was to invite a translator to work in our office. This way they could get a feel for the region while translating our English contents into French.Kumano is a region rich in spiritual symbolism so being able to confirm subtle nuances during translation greatly improves accuracy.Our goal is to have very high quality promotional materials and information available for visitors to increase their appreciation for this special re…

Bureau Staff Brad Will Be Featured in the Yomiuri Shinbun Newspaper

Mr. Tayama from the Yomiuri Shimbun Wakayama branch interviewed Brad Towle, our International Tourism Promotion and Development Director, today at our office. He is going to write an article highlighting Brad’s work at the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau for the “Hono Bono Page” coming in mid-March.The interview covered many topics, including philosophical thoughts about Kumano and how the region relates to nature worship and the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism.We are looking forward to the article. It will be included on our website scrapbook once it is published.

Lecture in Kashima High School

We delivered a lecture about tourism in the area to students who will be visiting Tanabe’s sister city in Australia, Wyong. They will be participating in a short study abroad program in March.The presentation focused on the internationally valuable cultural and natural assets in Tanabe such as the World Heritage property “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.The upcoming International Aikido Congress was also discussed.We wish them good luck and hope that they will take pride in their city as ambassadors of the region.

Hosei University’s Eco Research Symposium 2007

For 2 days from February 8th Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau staff traveled to Kochi prefecture, Shikoku, to participate in the symposium “The Role of NPOs in Regional management of Rural Areas –Shimanto Hata Areas, Kochi Prefecture-” held by the Laboratory of Regional Design with Ecology, Graduate school of Hosei University. The University’s promotion Association in the Hata area and the NPO Support Network in western Kochi were the co-hosts of the event. NPO groups and researchers gathered to have intense debates about NPO activities.

On the first day “How to create rural tourism and mutual learning” was the theme of the round table discussion. Our Bureau was there as a case example of rural tourism in the Kuroshio area. Our Bureau Chief explained about our Bureau’s background and Brad, our International Tourism Promotion and Development Director gave a presentation about our efforts to increase international tourism in rural Japan.

The second day’s theme was “The role of NPOs in …

A Visitation from Nisshin City Council

On February 7th assembly members of Aichi prefecture Nisshin City came to Tanabe for a study inspection.

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau made a presentation about tourism provisions in Tanabe city, how our Bureau was established and our tourism initiatives.

They were especially interested in our international tourism promotion project and how we manage to develop tourism assets focused on creating a sustainable tourism destination.

Our bureau’s projects, philosophy and marketing techniques have drawn lots of interest from other cities in Japan as well as domestic media. Many of our initiatives are unique for Japan and have been well received by visitors and local citizens.

Korean TV covers local onsens

Korean TV MBC’s crews visited Wakayama to cover Onsens in the area. There were two crew members; a reporter/cameraman and a attendant staff.

After they arrived at the Kansai international airport, they visited Shirahama Onsen, Ryujin Onsen, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen and Katsuura Onsen.


The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported their on-location filming in Tanabe City. We are looking forward to seeing the final edition of the TV program about Wakayama.