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Ai Sugiyama visits Kumano

On April 15th and 16th, Ms. Ai Sugiyama, a former professional tennis star, visited Tanabe City for a feature article on Kumano to be included in the July edition of Biteki magazine.  The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Wakayama Prefectural officials supported them in Tanabe City.


 Biteki” magazine (Japanese site) is a monthly beauty magazine published by Shogakukan (Japanese site).
Despite slightly rainy weather, filming went well and they enjoyed the spiritual Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes and Onsen in the area.                 
Ms. Ai Sugiyama’s official blog (Japanese site).

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