Three freelance journalist from Italy visited Wakayama Prefecture the last week of March and beginning of April. They were in the Kumano region for three days and visited the Kumano Sanzan shrines, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, Katsuura Onsen and the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes. They were also very interested in the connection of Kumano and Aikido, Tanabe City being the birthplace of Ueshiba Morihei, the founder of the martial art.
The journalists were very impressed with the beauty and spiritual culture of the region. The articles are scheduled to appear in La Repubblica, one of the largest media outlets in Italy later this year.