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.