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Associated Press covers Binchotan Charcoal & Chainsaw art in Tanabe City

Associated Press freelance producer BANDOS KINKI visited Tanabe City on May 19 to cover Binchotan Charcoal and Chainsaw art.  The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported this media tour.



(removing red hot Binchotan charcoal from a kiln)


A six minute video is planned including scenes of charcoal production in the mountains of Tanabe City and restaurants that use these products for cooking in Osaka.

“Using Kishu Binchotan Charcoal as the medium, I would like to create a contrast between Tanabe, the birthplace of Kishu Binchotan charcoal surrounded by nature, and Osaka, the place of consumption…” stated Tobias Bando about his concept for this piece.


To cover chainsaw art, the tour visited Mr. Kidokoro, the reigning three-time World Chainsaw Art Champion, in Ryujin Village. Mr. Kidokoro held a powerful demonstration of this dynamic art form.










(chainsaw demonstration by Keiji Kidokoro, who lives in Ryujin)





Press Tour: Sunday Mainichi

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau welcomed Mr. Sato a staff writer for the weekly magazine “Sunday Mainichi” based in Tokyo.

He visited a farmer’s restaurant called “Nagomi-ann Kitaoka” in Kokai, Nakahechi Village.  Lunch is mainly made with fresh vegetables grown in front of the restaurant.  Meals are based a fresh seasonal ingredients. The article will be published mid-June.


Photographer Luis Ocana visits Kumano

The professional Photographer Luis Ocana, who specializes in the pilgrimages in Spain, visited the Kumano area for three days starting May 12th to capture images of the Japanese World Heritage pilgrimage route, Kumano Kodo.

This is the 10th anniversary of a friendship agreement between Wakayama Prefecture and Galicia Province in Spain. In celebration, a special photo exhibition is being planned.  The concept of this exhibition is having a photographer from Spain photograph the Japanese Pilgrimage route, and a Japanese photographer capture images in Spain.

The photos will be displayed in France, Tokyo, Spain and Tanabe City.


The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported Luis Ocana during his visit.