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Kanako I.

Osaka, Japan

I was born in Tokyo as a grand daughter of a Geisha.

I grew up in Kanto area (East central) as a girl who admires Brigitte Bardot and Janis Joplin, haha.

I have been certified interpreter guide of government since 2009.

I live in Kansai area (West central) now , guiding in mainly in Kyoto and Osaka and Wakayama.
I also do through tours of Japan including Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Kurashiki, Takayama, Tokyo and all over Japan.
I can always suggest and customize your tour depends on your interest.

Although I did not succeed in my grandma's profession, I have inherited a spirit of her as a true entertainer.
I really enjoy making people happy and smile.

I lived in Australia and Philippines.
I used to work in Kansai International airport for 7 years.
My westernized youthhood and working in international environments help me understand the visitor's point of view more than usual, that is quite important as an interpreter guide to have an open mind, I believe.

Currently, I am learning Japanese traditional dance.
(I can teach you some basics)

I love to talk about our history, our unique religion of Shintoism and Buddhism, Japanese language, Samurai (Warlords) , Geisha and anything about our culture.

I am also familiar with Japanese latest culture like Manga, Animation, and Fashion.
I am happy to talk about bizarre and "Kawaii" subcultures of Japan, too.
And of course, I love foods!!!

This is the country where modern and tradition coexist at the same time.
I am the tour guide who can show you the future and the past, beauty and bizarre of my country.

A Recent Review of this guide

Words are missing to express how good this tour was. Very knowledgeable , so thoughtful, the feeling of knowing when you say something or not and off course a very healthy dose of humor and perspective .Thank you once again! Highly recommended!!! If we would come back to Kyoto we will contact you for another tour
Herman Vyncke

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National Guide Certificate EN00427
IJCEE(Intitute for Japanese Culture Experience and Education) Tour guide's training


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

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