|Expertise||:||Cultural properties, Traditional industries|
|Qualification||:||Itinerary management supervisor|
Hello, I'm Kiku. I have been living in Kyoto for 20 years since my marriage. My mother was a Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement and calligraphy teacher, so I had been learning from her for a long time, and have certifications in those areas. My grandmother was a deep believer of Japanese Shinto and Buddhism. She took me to many shrines and temples when I was young. Through those rich experiences, I will tell you about Japanese spirituality, and much more, in historical Kyoto. Whatever your needs and interests, I would be happy to arrange a tour(from ' 1 ' hour tour~) especially for you. Thank you. Arigatou !
Career History: International tour guide,administrator,International mechanical company, Elementary school English teacher
My favorite Word : "Treasure every meeting, for it will never recur" Japanese tea ceremony proverb
So far, I guided;
Nijo castle, Ryoanji-temple, Kinkakuji-temple, Tenryuji-temple,Arashiyama Bamboo path,Togetsu bridge,Kyoto State Guest House, Fushimiinari shrine,Nishiki market, Tea ceremony experience, Ginkakuji temple, Philosopher's path, Gion, Monkey Park, Kyoto Studio Park,Sanjusangendo hall, Kiyomizu-temple, Gekkeikan sake shop,Kyoto artisan workshop,Nanzenji-temple, Heian shrine
Oct., 2016 Fushimi Inari shrine & Nijyo castle with an American nice couple coming from Georgia, Atlanta. They visited Japan for the first time, so they enjoyed not only sightseeing,but also eating Japanese rice crakcers at Fushimi's stall. I also had a great time with them together!!
Dec.,2016 I guided a nice 'teacher' couple from Singapore. They love Japan and visited here for so many times , but sightseeing with guide was the first time for them. They like green tea and Japanese bean-paste sweets called 'Anko', We visited a nice traditional Japanese sweets shop and enjoyed talking from Japanese politics to children. They promised me to meet Gion in Kyoto next year.
I guided a famous travel magagine editor and photographer coming from UK for two days.
We visited some best autumn tints spot such as Kitanotenmangu shrine including Odoi (historical mound),Nijyo castle, Tenjyuan in Nanzenji temple, and philosopher's path.
We also had a great experience to listen to a Raku's (a top brand Japanese tea bowl )craftsman story by visiting his kiln.