IBARAKI Guide-Interpreter Association

IBARAKI Guide-Interpreter Association

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Hello, Everyone,

I am Mitsuaki IKI (MIKI as my nickname), 65 years old.
I am an active interpreter member of IBARAGI Guide Interpreter Association(IGIA), which there are 42 members at moment and consists of English, Chinese, Korean and German interpreters.
I have been newly appointed as the second successor for management of this activity to President T. Murakami of IGIA since 1st of August, 2018.

I love outdoor activities, especially mountain climbing and stream fishing.
I used to enjoy Himalaya Trekking while I was in Nepal for two years volunteer activity.
This is one of my precious experiences and memories so I hope you would make a wonderful experience and memory with IGIA while you are in Japan.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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14 Reviews for IBARAKI Guide-Interpreter Association


    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame The three of us (adults) did this activity and were so happy we did! We also paid the extra yen for the costume and we all felt it was definitely worth it. The property the horses are on is beautiful, and the track is set up at the same place the annual Yabusame competition is held, so you know you’re getting the proper and authentic experience. Our tour guides spoke great English and took awesome pictures of us on all phases of the training. The training was very clear and concise. The owner of the property trained us along with his guides and it was a sight seeing him perform archery. We went from not knowing what we were doing at all to performing archery on a gorgeous horse (Clydesdale, I think?)
    We own a ranch back in the states, so we want to now set up a Yabusame track. Don’t miss out on this experience, it’s worth every cent / penny / yen ;)

  • Clement Clement

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame Keisuke was an excellent guide and translator providing that bridge between the teacher and I.

  • Checklin Checklin

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame I had a great day learning Yabusame. I did the three hour class as I thought it would be good to consolidate my skills and I do not regret it at all. The Kawakami family were very friendly and made me feel part of their family and Tomo speaks great English, and as others have said here, could replace the interpreter. However I was glad the interpreter came with me to take the stress off navigating the train system (which with a bit of prep time I could have managed). This was my first time and I was glad with the trainers' support to make some progress. It was very relaxed compared to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. There was only me there and I was a bit wary of being in the middle of nowhere on an active farm but that soon changed. I was asked if I wanted to rent the traditional costume but didn't have enough cash on me (hadn't yet worked out Tokyo's ATM system) but kind of thought it would have been great for the photos. They were very patient with me as I learned how to shoot the arrow and then put the action onto a horse. I had great fun and was buzzing for many days. I have traveled a lot through Japan and many times and I must say that learning Yabusame with this family is one of my highlights. I will definitely book to do this again next time I am in Japan.

  • Chris Chris

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame We did the 2 hour lesson and it was an incredible experience! The staff there were really friendly and even though neither of us had any experience riding we felt comfortable enough to shoot the bow while the horse was running and had a great time! The only downside was that the interpreter was a bit unnecessary on our trip as one of the guys at the place speaks good English and he was the one who explained everything to us, our interpreter basically just held the camera for us so it felt like a needless expense. On another day when he wasn't working though I'm sure the interpreter would be helpful.

  • Jomkwan Jomkwan

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame

    Japanese Traditional Mounted Archery Yabusame The Lesson :
    My lesson was 2 hours long. The class atmosphere was quite causal and relax almost like being taught by family or a friend of grandpa. The class was taught by master, and assisted by 2 people sensei and Tomo-san. Tomo-san was helping with translation and correcting the forms, while sensei was giving tips and tricks. At first we started with practicing archery afterward we moved to horse riding and then to shooting arrows from speeding horse. It was no easy task when combined but it was very fun and exciting experience. I do wish to try again sometime.

    The trip to Niihari :
    2 hours is a basic estimation for traveling to Niihari from Tokyo. However I recommend to travel a hour earlier because the trains out side of Tokyo do not run as frequent. It could took half a hour for transit. I was half a hour late because of the waiting for the train. Nonetheless the scenery from the train is quite nice.

    Conclusion :
    -Great escape from city!
    -Fantastic adventure
    -Lovely people + horses
    -Rare opportunity

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