On November 11th, Brad Towle, from the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, was a panellist at the 15th annual Kansai Media Forum 2009 which was held at the Osaka International House Foundation, which was also a sponsor. Other sponsors of the Media forum are KIPPO and the Kansai Press Club.
This year the theme was 日本の文化“再発見”(Rediscovering Japanese Culture). There were four panellists, all foreigners with a unique insight and experience of Japanese Culture. In addition to the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s International Tourism & Promotion Director, there were experts from the fields of Manga, Japanese Cuisine & the instrument Biwa.
It was a lively panel discussion, with a good balance of the serious issue of preserving Japanese culture and the Kansai tradition of playful joking.
Thank you very much to the organizers for including the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau in this worthwhile event.