I have been guiding in Okinawa more than 10 years! I love guiding visitors around Okinawa because I have been interested in a unique history and culture of Okinawa, which are very different from those of mainland Japan. Also how can I resist introducing tourists to amazing natural wonders of Okinawa including lush green subtropical rain forest, unbelievably clear beautiful sea and underwater world, and heavenly beautiful starry sky?
I love the peace-loving spirit of Okinawa. Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. I take karate lessons twice a week as I have been impressed by the karate spirit: "the spirit focusing not on winning, but rather on not losing; of not attacking, but rather defending life; and the continual training of the self to achieve this. " I take sanshin (Okinawa three-stringed instrument) once a week as the instrument has been loved by our ancestors and for many generations. In the feudal period, instead of the combat skill, Okinawan people put more importance on their love of music and dance, so sanshin is regarded as a family treasure. Under no matter what circumstances Okinawan never forget to play sanshin to cheer themselves up. How peaceful sound it produces, which pleases me when I listen or sing to it.
While I am not working, I enjoy outdoors and try to go to the gym as much as possible to take classes (boxercise, dance, and muscle-building). I like training my body and having fun with everybody in the classes as well as I feel refreshed after that and feel recharged for work the next day. Also I am excited to go out for star gazing when we have a clear night sky. About once a month, I enjoy taking diving lesson to develop my skill. I love joining a study tour led by a university professor, a staff member from the culture section of board of education of local municipalities, or a curator of a museum. For a history-loving person like me, it is always interesting to know more deeply about the history of Okinawa. I am extremely energetic person and have been researching many nice places for you to dine in.
I can make your stay in Okinawa a memorable one, hoping you will become a big fan of Okinawa as well!
A Recent Review of this guide
Kumiko is an excellent guide. We found the WW2 tour educational and enlightening. She shows great passion and enthusiasm and has deep knowledge of the subject matter. Would recommend Kumiko and this tour to all history buffs!
* August 2005 Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at University of Maryland University College
* 2007 TOEIC 970
* December 2007 Okinawa Prefecture Licensed Guide Interpreter
* January 2008 National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter
* November 2009 Itinerary Control Manager
*2010 Certified as a Nakijin Castle Site Guide by Nakijin Village Board of Education
* 2011 Certified as a Naha Walking Guide by Naha City Tourism Association
* 2014 Certified as a Nago Walking Guide by Nago City Tourism Association
* 2016 Certified as a Ginowan City Cultural Properties Guide by Ginowan City Board of Education
* 2017 Certified as a Astronomy Guide (Associate Guide)
* 2018 Certified as a PADI Open Water Diver and a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver