Health and exercize, Buddhism, and Science
- Area: Wakayama
- Language: English
I was born in 1947, and after retiring from business in 2010 at the age of 63, I have been living near Shirahama Beach in the southern part of Wakayama Prefecture. Shirahama Beach is located in the southwestern part of the Kii Peninsula, and it is well known as a resort area with hot springs and for having an airport. It can be accessed from Tokyo in one hour by plane or from Osaka in 2.5 hours by JR train. My area is called the Kumano area. The beautiful rugged coast is a part of the Yoshino-Kumano National Park, and in the mountains runs the Kumano-Kodo Pilgrimage trekking route, which has been designated as a world heritage site, and is a place where many foreign visitors enjoy trekking. I am an English-speaking nationally licensed guide. I have an additional license as a geopark guide covering all four areas of Kumano as well as a license for Koyasan Temple. The elements of my tours come from experiences like fishing off the coast and trekking Kumano-Kodo 200 times with a cumulative distance of more than 2,000 km and including many 7-8 day journeys as a travel leader starting from Kyoto. I also draw experience from my working days in international trade and technical information exchange, as well as my interest in Buddhism which I began about 10 years ago.