Voluntary collection of fallen leaves for sustainable agriculture system.

Miyoshi town in Saitama Prefecture has been registered as a Japanese Agricultural Heritage Site for its farming system of cultivating sweet potatoes and vegetables using fallen leaves manure collected from the neighboring sawtooth oak tree (Quercus acutissima) and Jolcham oak (Quercus serrata). Despite being 50km from central Tokyo and within commuting distance of the metropolitan area, this sustainable farming system is maintained, and it is now aiming to be certified as a World Agricultural Heritage site. I participated in an event of experiencing sweeping fallen leaves. Fallen leaves collected in winter are slowly fermented in the farmer’s backyard over a … Continue reading Voluntary collection of fallen leaves for sustainable agriculture system.

New Year’s first visit in 2023, Tokyo

Happy New Year! New Year’s Day in Tokyo was a peaceful start to the year. After visiting my guardian shrine nearby, then I visited Meiji Jingu shrine and Asakusa Sensoji-temple, to see how many people have come back for New Year’s visits this year. Meiji Jingu in the early afternoon seemed to be a little shorter than it used be before COVID-19, but there were still long lines of people looking forward to the new year. Passing through the first torii made of brand-new cedar, which was rebuilt last July for the first time in about 100 years, and enter … Continue reading New Year’s first visit in 2023, Tokyo

A little maniac guide to Tokyo

I guided a Hong Kong-Canadian family from Poland to Asakusa, Akihabara, Harajuku Takeshita Street, and Shinjuku Golden Gai. Since they have gotten used to Tokyo a little bit, they requested places that are a little more maniacal, such as maid cafes and figure shops, which are difficult for foreigners to go to alone. An inspection in advance was a little tough, but it seems that the whole family was excited and enjoyed it. Continue reading A little maniac guide to Tokyo

Tokyo Volunteer Guides in Ginza

The second day of Tokyo Volunteer Guides, Machinaka community tourist information, was a thrilling start, as it was their first time in Ginza, and it was Christmas Eve. Although I was worrying there would be many and unexpected questions from the guests who was lost in the city, it was over in no time with a few questions. So, I was lucky having various valuable information from veteran volunteers who accompanied us slowly. After my shift as a guide was over, I enjoyed shopping and walking around Ginza a little while reviewing what I had learned. Christmas Eve in Ginza … Continue reading Tokyo Volunteer Guides in Ginza

Tuna auction at Toyosu fish market

I made best effort to wake up early in the morning and went to watch a tuna auction at Toyosu fish market. Since I live in the western part of Tokyo, I need to get up at 3:30 in the morning to arrive Toyosu station at 5:30. When I arrived at the market, the auction had just started. We can’t enter the observation deck on the 2nd floor without a reservation in advance, so I watched from the 3rd floor deck, from which we can see freely. There were many foreign tourists with guides on the 3rd floor deck. Getting … Continue reading Tuna auction at Toyosu fish market

English and Japanesehybrid guide of autumn leaves of Koishikawa Korakuen

I operated a guide tour, “Special tour to enjoy the autumn leaves of Koishikawa Korakuen in a hybrid guide of English and Japanese”, which was announced on my FB business account. It was a simulated guide tour that I got three friends to join, but when I actually tried it, I could see various improvements. This time it was a guide for three Japanese guests but guided with English and Japanese. During the English explanation, foreigners passing by also listened to my explanation, which was a fruitful experience. From now on, I would like to plan a hanami tour guide … Continue reading English and Japanesehybrid guide of autumn leaves of Koishikawa Korakuen

Debut of Tokyo Volunteer Guides, Machinaka community tourist information

I joined to a member of Tokyo Volunteer Guides, Machinaka community tourist information, in Asakusa area yesterday. We supported tourists, including foreigners, who are in trouble for finding their routes to target spots or any other troubles. At the exit of the subway, people who don’t know the location of the nearby Kaminarimon, guidance on the subway route on the way home, etc. It was a short time, but it was a debut for me two and a half years after my registration. After finishing the guide work, I took a short stroll in the town of Asakusa. It makes … Continue reading Debut of Tokyo Volunteer Guides, Machinaka community tourist information

Workshop of Nature Exploration Group of the Tokyo City Guide Club

I went to Mizumoto Park to enjoy the autumn leaves of various trees with the members of Nature Exploration Group of the Tokyo City Guide Club. Although it is just called autumn leaves, there are many different colors such as red, yellow, and brown, and the differences in the shape of the leaves, and I can learn cause of differences. I hope I can use this experience to make my guiding contents can be more valuable. Please enjoy Autumn leaves in 2022, Tokyo Continue reading Workshop of Nature Exploration Group of the Tokyo City Guide Club

Guide to Indian couple who visit Japan first time

Today, unfortunately, it rained all day, but I ghuided a couple from India to Tokyo. As requested from a lady who wanted to see a Japanese garden, so we first went to the Imperial Palace East Gardens to see the remains of Edo Castle and the Japanese garden, and then to Asakusa. I enjoyed sightseeing and shopping at Sensoji Temple. Continue reading Guide to Indian couple who visit Japan first time

Guide Debut for guests visiting Japan for the first time

I guided American guests who visit Japan first timee, and we visited the Imperial Palace, Asakusa, Senso-ji temple, and Shinjuku Gyoen, where the chrysanthemum exhibition is being held. With the lifeting up of COVID19 restrictions, I was nervous about what I wanted to say to the guests who were finally able to come, and I was worried about whether I would be able to explain it well. I am relieved that I was able to make my debut as a tourist guide thanks to friendly personality of guests and the beautiful autumn weather. Today’s beer is specially delicious. Continue reading Guide Debut for guests visiting Japan for the first time