My husband and I spent one day with Mayumi on a tour of Naoshima, Japan's Art Island. She met us at our Okayama hotel and accompanied us by train and ferry to the island and back to the hotel. The night before, Mayumi left much information in English about the island at the hotel (along with a gift of fruit) so we knew exactly what to expect there. This was much appreciated and quite helpful. As my husband has mobility problems, Mayumi arranged for a taxi to meet us on Naoshima at the ferry and to drive us to various outside art installations for an hour. We never would have been able to see most of these works without her welcomed suggestion in advance to use the taxi service for a while to get as much as possible from our limited stay on the island. Mayumi came with her personally prepared book, filled with notes and photos of the island attractions. These details, which she shared, enabled us to have an even better understanding of what we saw. But Mayumi did not have to refer to the book often, because she was quite knowledgeable about the island and its amazing art collection. She proved to be delightful to travel with -- fluent in English; was always considerate of my husband and his walking issues; had a nice sense of humor; and was ready to answer any questions that we had. In fact, before the trip, she emailed me, inviting us to ask the questions that we had at that time and to inquire whether there was anything special we wanted to do on the island. We felt that she tailored the tour to our interests. After the tour, she emailed me some lovely photos that she had taken of us. Mayumi ensured that we had a very special day. I am confident that she would also put the same effort into tours of other areas.
Dear Joan, Thank you very much for your warmest review. I am so happy to hear from you and to know that you took safe journey home. Thank you for finding and visiting Naoshima. I was profoundly touched by your life-energizing travel ! You see what needs to be seen all around the planet. I was encouraged so much that I will be able to take a step with joy to "the unknown". I am back from my vacation today. I went home to celebrate the New Year with my mother and my sisiter’s family. We visited our local shrine to show our appreciation and to make wishes for New Year. I wish you Happy New Year. I hope the New Year be A messenger of joy, smiles, love and peace. That brings you all that you ever wished for ! with the kindest regards, Mayumi