Staff

Akane Kobayashi

Representative



Message

I was born in Toyama Prefecture –not Kyoto, actually– but I was so attracted to Kyoto culture so much that I ultimately set up “The Deepest Kyoto Tour (DKT)” as a new tour project with the other committee members. DKT originally started as a walking tour for foreign people, which was a part of a P.R. project for fundraising for the “Kyoto Machiya Community Revitalization Fund“ in the Kyoto Machiya Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration. I am doing this with the hope of creating a new project that enables everyone outside of Kyoto to communicate with real Kyotoites, which would make everyone who is in charge of this project happy. It also lets all of us learn about the city of Kyoto, which I was drawn to and now live in. It would make me very happy if all of you were able to share this hope with us!

Career

Graduated from Kanazawa University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering in 1998. Worked as a local government employee and a civil engineering consultant. After working at Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration, became independent as a freelance coordinator. Having had several chances to be in the actual scene of public works projects with local citizens from different backgrounds, I have become interested in local community revitalization. Now I am in charge of several practices in the field of tourism and landscape cultivation based in Kyoto. My current interest is the creation of systems to bring back support to local communities and the training of personnel who are specialized in community revitalization.

Special Field

Civil engineering, road works, landscape and community revitalization

Ayuko Yamaguchi

Ayuko

Message

Hello! I am in charge of all multilingual liaison in DKT and lingual planning of the guided tours as a qualified domestic travel service superviser. Also in charge of our original FB page as a main writer.

Graduated Kyoto University and have been living in Kyoto for more than two decades. As a travel lover myself, I have visited over 16 countries in Europe, Asia and America. I am qualified in English, have a sufficient command of French, and a basic knowledge of Chinese(Mandalin). As well as being a travel-lover, I am a bit of a foodie and a wine-lover that I got myself certified as a “Japanese sake-sommeliere”.
I enjoy meeting people and am totally thrilled to introduce everyone who is interested an affluent but somewhat hidden treasures of Kyoto. Please come and share the experience with us!



Saori Inoue



Message

Three years have passed since I have come to live in this fascinating city of Kyoto, where I have long wanted to be all my life living in Yokohama and Tokyo.
While I major in city planning in a graduate school, I am now helping DKT as a volunteer in a hope to be a provider in experiences, for I strongly believe that Kyoto is a city that can offer unexpected encounters and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Please come and enjoy Kyoto and Japan. Thank you for finding us!

Career

Born in Sagamihara, Kanagawa pref in 1988,graduated from Yokohama City University,Association of International Arts and Science in 2007.Obtained Middle School & High school Teacher’s certificate (English). 2010-11 worked for guesthouses(Tokyo→Kyoto).2012-present a master student in Kyoto University Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies.

Special Field

Community revitalization, culture, English






Interpreters









Mayumi Ueda



English nickname: May

Message

With the history of more than 1100 years as an ancient capital, Kyoto is the city where a lot of historical footmarks have been left. Thanks to informative guidebooks and advanced computers, people outside Kyoto, even overseas can get a variety of information about Kyoto very easily. However, participants, who join this tour, are able to obtain new information, not described in guidebooks or on the Internet, and to observe the lives and thoughts of the local from the viewpoint of the guides living actually in this area. As this tour is titled “Deepest Kyoto Tour”, the guide takes his guests into the deep spot just like old town houses in Kyoto geographically extending into a deep block. I am very happy to share this wonderful experience with the guests.

Career

Based on the career as an English teacher, I have extended it to working as an English-speaking guide, a Japanese-speaking guide, an interpreter and a translator by walking on a lot of corners of the streets and broaden my horizon in Kansai region.

Speciality

Drawing up walking tours, History, Entertainment



Michiko Doi



Message

Visiting world heritage sites, strolling in beautiful gardens, looking at national treasures—that’s wonderful, and Kyoto is never short of those things. But one of the greatest joys you can have especially in overseas trips is talk with local people and see how they actually live there. That’s what we want to give you a chance to experience in
our tour, particularly in this area of Kiyomizu, which is blessed with everything nice and charming Kyoto has in such a small area. Discover and experience the real Japan in our 2-hour tour!

Special Interests

Playing and teaching koto and shamisen (traditional musical insturments)



Satoko Tamura



Message

I like travelling. I love meeting people from all over the world and talking with them. It’s my great pleasure if you come to know the history of Kyoto and its people a bit more than before. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Career

Graduated from Kobe College English Department. (B.A.) Got the national certificate of guiding in English during college.Worked as a guide for a few years, but quit the job to become a mother.Got a job as an English teacher at a Catholic high school for girls for 12 years.

Speciality

At present, an English speaking guide, a part-time English teacher at a coed high school and an instructor of guiding at a cultural center in Kobe.An English speaking guide in the Kansai District (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Himeji).



Yoshie Hara



Message

I really approve of the spirit for “Kyoto Machiya Community Revitalization Fund” run by Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration, and wish to be of help for the fund.

Career

Have an experience of staying in an university in America, also have stayed in China for some years. My hobby is traveling and listening to music.

Special Field

Business interpretation, tour guide, language education








Special Thanks to


(Student Interns)
Akira Miyamae
Philip Cualing
Naoko Otonari
Koji Spangler
Neena Kapur
Anastacia Sorokina
Anthony Shimamoto
Raye Mao




(Native Checks)
Veronica Schroter