Barbara commented while in Kumano that,
in the U.S. the era of economy and technology is fading. People’s interests have shifted more towards spirituality. Kumano’s spirituality within this sacred landscape and unique culture will be a valuable experience to meet their growing needs.
However, inconveniences for foreign tourists who don’t understand Japanese are still prominent despite the improvements that Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau has made. She hopes Kumano in its entirety will become a kinder site to foreign tourists by improving comprehensive support systems by following the lead of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.
We value the comments made by Barbara and will continue to work towards opening this special region of Japan to non-Japanese visitors while preserving the spiritual landscape and culture.
Thank you very much Barbara for visiting us here in Kumano.