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Guide Profile - Yuri HANAKAME

Yuri HANAKAME

Yuri HANAKAME

English Interpreter-Guide

Guiding Area: Tokyo

Background

Born in Kanagawa and raised in Tokyo. Majored in Japanese language education course at a university in Tokyo. Lived in the U.S. from 2002 to 2005. Worked at a trading company. Taught English at a language school for children. Presently employed by City office in my region. Received license as tour guide-interpreter in 2009.

Specialties and Hobbies

  • Learning ever more about Japanese history and culture
  • Cooking (Desserts and breads)
  • Collecting Gosyuin, calligraphies of Japanese temples and shrines
  • Working on traditional Japanese handicrafts
  • Greatly devoted to cats (I love dogs, too)

Message

Tokyo was not always the high-rise, high-tech metropolis that residents and tourist see. Believe it or not, the castle and samurai warriors existed in Edo, the former name of Tokyo until mid-19 th century. During our one day tour, we will explore both the present day modern city of Tokyo and the traces of old Edo that still exist today. Your will enjoy the beauties, curiosities, and hidden spots that we will explore together. I will be happy to answer your questions during our day together while we experience the hospitality, history, and beauty of Tokyo and Japanese culture!