On June 24th 2011, journalists from Kyodo News visited Tanabe and the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes to interview the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau's International Tourism and Promotion Director, Brad Towle.
Kyodo News (共同通信社 Kyōdō Tsūshinsha) is a nonprofit cooperative news agency based in Minato, Tokyo. It was established in November 1945 and it distributes news to almost all newspapers, and radio and television networks in Japan. The newspapers using its news have about 50 million subscribers.
The focus of this visit to Tanabe City is for an article in their famous installment of “Tankyu Nippon-no-Takara”. The topic of this article will be “Our Treasure: World Heritage Kumano Kodo”.
During the interview subjects such as the cultural meanings or purposes of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes were discussed. They queried Brad about what brought him to Japan, why he started working at the Tourism Bureau, and his job outline. Also they asked about the Joint promotion project between the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau with Santiago de Compostela, the attractions of Kumano, what is the meaning of Kumano today, and other subjects.
The journalists also walked sections of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and spent one night in the small hot spring village, Yunomine Onsen.
The article will be released the end of July, and published in the end of August depending on the newspaper companies.