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Guide Profile - Mariko YAMAMOTO

YAMAMOTO, Mariko

Mariko YAMAMOTO

English Interpreter-Guide

Guiding Area: Tokyo

Background

Born and raised in Fukuoka in southern Japan and graduated from university in Tokyo. Lived as an exchange student in California, USA in 1980. Lived in Nova Scotia, Canada from 1989-1993. Worked there as a Japanese Language Teacher for the Language Institute and as a Tour Guide for Japanese tourists. Gave lectures on Japanese life and culture to employees of local hotels. Also studied Asian history at a local university. Later in Japan worked as a Japanese Language Teacher and as an interviewer for international staff of various Embassies. Qualified as a National Certified Interpreter-guide in English in 2009

Specialties and Hobbies

  • Love touring old town areas such as Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi in Tokyo, and comparing these regions with modern and high-tech regions, such as Akihabara, Odaiba, Shinjyuku, Roppongi and other modern cities.
  • Enjoy looking for good ramen noodle restaurants (My home city, Fukuoka, is a mecca for this famous noodle.)
  • Hobbies include cooking traditional Japanese meals, jewelry making and sewing.

Message

Tokyo is a wonderful city with many historic sites, some older than 1000 years. It also is home to a wonderful active arts community. There is a wide variety of Japanese and international food to experience and many shopping districts. There are many interesting unique items, costing very little in 100 yen shops to higher amounts in more sophisticated department stores. I have a lot of experience in all levels of shopping for tourists in Tokyo and can help you in this. Of course Tokyo’s transportation system is one of the best in the world. Let me guide you on our system to help make good memories in Tokyo. I look forward to seeing you!