From April 10-16, Cenneth Sparby, a freelance writer from Sweden, joined the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s Press Tour. He was here to prepare a feature story for the Travel Section of the Sunday edition of the Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden’s second largest newspaper with a readership of 500,000 people.
The story will focus on hiking the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, the Kumano Hongu Taisha annual festival, Onsen, and local cuisine. Also coverage of Aikido in Shingu and Tanabe will be included.
It was an intense and immersive press tour that allowed Cenneth to experience the area’s spiritual culture. He not only watched the festival, but was a participant in the procession being one of the lucky members to carry the sacred mikoshi portable shrine.
Thanks Cenneth for the visit. We hope that it was not only a great press tour, but an experience that will last with you forever.