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Showing posts from September, 2008

Tsuruoka City, Yamagata – Tanabe City study tour

On September 10th, a party of Tsuruoka City Tourism Association visited Tanabe city from Yamagata Prefecture to study our tourism initiatives concerning the world heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.A lecture titled “Tanabe’s tourism & Kumano Kodo” was given at the Tanabe City Hall.The manager of the City Tourism Dept. explained a general outline of Tanabe’s tourism and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau chief delivered a presentation about the establishment of our Bureau and what we have done since the foundation.They were very interested in Tanabe’s promotion of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. They asked many specific questions and unfortunately we ran out of time. But it was a quality discussion with both sides benefiting from the meeting.Thank you Tsuruoka City Tourism Association for making the long trip to Tanabe City.

Magazine “ARUMONI” by Hitachi Capital interview with Brad Towle

On August 8th reporters from Tokyo visited Tanabe for a feature article about Brad Towle, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s International Tourism Promotion and Development Director.The article is for the quarterly magazine “ARUMONI” issued by Hitachi Capital, which has a circulation of 15000 copies per printing. At our office Brad explained the process of founding the Bureau and our various initiatives as well as his personally background and philosophies regarding sustainable tourism.The group then visited the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route in Nakahechi stopping at Takijiri-ji and Takahara.After learning the story of Minakata Kumagusu’s protest campaign against the synthesis of shrines by the federal government, they were very touched to see Takahara Kumano-jinja Shrine and Nonaka-no-Ippo Sugi cedar trees that he preserved.

Communication Level Up Seminar for Accommodation Facilities in the coastal area of Tanabe City

On August 27th the second communication level up seminar was held for people who work at accommodation facilities in the coastal area of Tanabe City. This workshop was conducted by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau to help accommodations prepare and adapt to international visitors. Our goal was to give them quality communication tools so that they can communicate necessary information without being bilingual in English.During the second seminar we visited Miyoshiya Ryokan to experience how to arrange English signs and information without ruining the Japanese atmosphere of the facility. Back in the classroom they split into several groups and had a discussion about what kinds of information would be necessary for foreign guests. They came up with many specific situations such as “billing methods” and “etiquette for taking baths.”All of the participants of this communication level up seminar worked very hard to prepare for the upcoming 10th International Aikido Congress. One ryokan …