- 日本語 (Fluent)
- English (Fluent)
My name is Yoshikazu. I am a licensed tour guide in English. Please call me “Yoshi”.
I am 65 years old and finished my work for a foreign bank last spring. I lived in London and Luxembourg for a leading Japanese bank for about 9 years in total and I and my family traveled around UK, Luxembourg (I communicated sometimes in German) and other countries where we received hospitality and good advices from the local people. Today there are many foreign people coming to Japan for their sightseeing. Maybe about 30 million people this year.
Now it is my turn to return something to them, namely Japanese "Omotenashi" hospitality and useful information, as a tour guide. You can find various information about Japan on websites, books etc. But it is not easy to get satisfactory answers for your good and special questions about sightseeing spots and your personal interests. My hobbies and weekend activities are as follows and these may help you create your own stay in Japan:
1. Amateur radio: 50 year experience. I also have British and American licenses besides Japanese.
2. Butterfly collection: Started butterfly collection when about 6 years of age. I am therefore fond of going to hills and mountains for butterflies. Now it is extended to a new interest of “Insect cuisine” after UN FAO announced that insects may help people suffering from starvation in 2013.
3. Ramen noodle: I visit various Ramen shops, such as very hot and spicy, served with puffer blow fish meat, Halal Ramen. For Halal I worked for an Indonesian state-run bank for over 10 years in Tokyo and I understand Muslim people’s activities and customs.
4. Travel by train: Japanese railway trains are running precisely on time, very clean, high-speed running without sway except for bad situations of congestion and cost. But this can be overcome by good advices from travel agents and tour guides.
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