As a tour guide, I have learned a great deal about Hokkaido's sightseeing spots, seafood, nature, industry and, in particular, its history. The more I have learned about it, the more I have got interested in how the modernization of Hokkaido came about. Therefore, I did research on the beginning of the modernization of Hokkaido on my own. Through this research, I gained extensive knowledge concerning fishing, agriculture, architecture, transportation, industry, surveying and education, in the late 1800's. I also gained detailed information about the hired American specialists and the Japanese pioneers, who made great contributions to progress in each field. I completed my research and had my book published recently.
For the past 30 years I have been living in Sapporo. Sapporo is a very popular city to live in, and is loved by both Japanese people and foreigners. I cannot imagine living anywhere else in the world. Sapporo has become the fifth largest city in Japan, as the first Commissioner of the Hokkaido Development Commission, Mr. Yoshitake Shima predicted in 1869. After the Meiji Restoration, the construction of Sapporo was conducted based upon a design drawn up by Mr. Yoshitake Shima. Although his stay was short, he greatly contributed to the development of Sapporo. After he left Sapporo, the development of Sapporo and Hokkaido was carried out based on the advice of the hired American specialists. They were hired by the Japanese government to aid the modernization of Hokkaido and were called "oyatoi gaikokujin". Among them Mr. Horace Capron, Dr. William Clark and Mr. Edwin Dun are particularly well-known among people in Hokkaido. Consequently, most of the buildings built in Sapporo in the Meiji Period (1868-1912) were of North American style. The Clock Tower, which is the oldest wooden building standing, is a typical example.
I am looking forward to talking with you about the uniquely planned city of Sapporo. See you soon!
A Recent Review of this guide
Kunihiro is a very knowledgeable and responsive guide. He was sensitive to our pace which allowed us a short visit to the Niseko Ski Resort which was not part of our original plans that included a visit to Noboribetsu Hell Valley, Mt. Usu and Lake Toya. We even had enough time to visit places in Sapporo, including 3 attempts at bringing us to restaurants we wanted to have dinner at which were unfortunately fully booked or closed. He's very friendly and easy to talk to.
Licensed National Guide( Hokkaido, English No.9 )
Itinerary management Certificate
1st grade English Proficiency Test in Japan
School Teacher's license for teaching English
Ski Association of Japan Grade 2 certificate
Took training courses for tour guides and first-aid training
Sapporo City Educational Achievement Award
Publication: Hokkaido kindaika no makuake(=The dawn of the modernization of Hokkaido)Hokaido Shuppan Kikaku Senta,2013