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Volunteer Guide National Convention in Tanabe

The Japan Tourism Association held a National Sightseeing Volunteer Guides Convention in Tanabe for 2 days from November 20th. Over 800 volunteer guides gathered from around the nation to participate in workshops and visit the city of Tanabe and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes.

On the first day sectional meetings were held at venues in Tanabe, Hongu, Nakahachi and Ryujin. Volunteer guides walked the Kumano Kodo at other various locations. Lectures and get-togethers for information exchanges also took place.

On the second day participants gathered in the Tanabe’s main venue and reported on the group meetings of previous days. After the ceremony, a keynote lecture about the Kumano Hongu Mandara was given by Mr. Hayamizu, who works for the Wakayama World Heritage Center. During the closing ceremony the responsibility for next year’s volunteer convention was handed over to next year’s host: Nara city.

This was a large event and we congratulate organizers and participants for the success of the convention.


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