Q1. Why did I start this tour?
Kabuki is very a very fascinating performing arts. I have enjoyed Kabuki for many years! I love all performing arts such as opera and musicals. I wish to share my many experiences and knowledge; to show guests a part of the Japan I love as a Japanese person.
Q2. When did you start this tour?
March 2010, just before the old Kabuki-za theatre was
Q3. What is the National Government Licensed guide-interpreter?
According to the Japan Tourism Agency, the National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter is “an individual who escorts foreigners and gives them guiding services concerning travel with the use of a foreign language”. It is a national qualification that is a challenging certification to obtain. One needs to have a very good understanding of Japanese history, culture, geography, current affairs, and be able to explain all of it in a foreign language. According to the Japan National Tourist Organization, 7,651 people took the exam in 2017 but only 753 passed. Until the beginning of 2018, the qualification was a legal requirement for individuals who wanted to provide guided tours. In order to respond to the increasing demand for a variety of travel services in Japan, the Japanese government waived this legal requirement, thereby increasing the pool of people who could work as guides. However, the national qualification still exists and now acts as a seal of quality.