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I am a licenced tour guide in English, covering areas in western Japan. I am involved in guiding fields including culture, politics, economy, and industries. Other than being a tour guide, I teach English at university and am a conference interpreter and a translator.
Hi I am Kazuyo. Kochi and Tokushima have abundant nature, unique culture and delicious foods! I am very happy to introduce both places to you!
I have been engaged in interpretation and interpreter guide services in Kansai (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, etc.), Tokyo, Nagoya, Shikoku (Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi), Chugoku (Okayama, Hiroshima, etc.) areas for 17 years.
Also, I have been a teacher and speech coach at university, college and corporations for more than 10 years.
I graduated from a specialized conference interpreter school (InterSchool) and am certified with advanced simultaneous and consecutive interpretation competencies for international conferences.
With a lot of experience as an interpreter/guide interpreter for VIPs (presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, ministers, embassy members, governors, CEOs of large companies, etc.) I have been working as a training coordinator of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and JICE for 16 years as well for international cooperation.
I am committing myself to improve my skills and obtain more knowledge for better interpretation and guiding services.
*Please refer to the following part for my guiding expertise.
Places to guide (examples)
Major sightseeing spots are listed below.
・Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji, Nijo-jo, Kiyomizu temple, Kennin-ji, Kodai-ji, Gion district, Maruyama park, Yasaka shrine, Manga Museum, Nishiki market, Sanju-Sangen-do, Heian shrine, Chionin, Ginkaku-ji, Zenrin-ji, Nanzen-ji, Philosophers' path, Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji, Ryoan-ji, Daigo-ji, Byodoin, Seiryo-den, etc.)
・Fushimi(Gekkeikan Okura Museum, Inari shrine, etc.)
・Osaka (Osaka castle, River cruise, Floating garden, Mizukake-Fudo-son, Doguya-suji(Namba), Dotombori, Kuromon Market, Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Kitanotenmangu, Tenjinbashi Street, Tamatsukuri, etc.)
・Nara (Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Kasuga shrine, Nara Park, Hakushika sake brewary, Imanishi shoin-style building, Nara-machi strolling, etc.)
・Yoshino (Kinpusen-ji, Yoshimizu shrine, cherry trees, etc.)
・Koya-san (Okuno-in, Kongobu-ji, Danjo-Garan, Shukubo temple inn, etc.)
・Hyogo (Kobe, Himeji (castle), Awaji Island (Izanagi shrine), Whirlpool, etc.)
・Tokushima(88 temple pilgrimage, Otsuka Museum of Arts, Naruto whirlpool, Awa dance, indigo dying, Otani pottery, Oboke gorge, Iya vine bridges, Udatsu (Waki-machi), etc.)
・Kochi (Kochi castle, Hirome Market, Katsurahama, Chikurin-ji, Ryoma Museum, Makino Botanical Garden, Kochi Prefectural Arts Museum, Kiragawa, Hahari,Paper-making, etc.)
・Kagawa (88 temple pilgrimage, etc.)
・Guiding of many other places (some sightseeing spots are under preparation for guiding now) is available, too.
Fields of expertise in advanced simultaneous and consecutive (conference) interpretation:
Simultaneous/consecutive interpretation and whispering in medicine, pharmaceuticals, politics, deplomacy, ecoonomics, education, environment, energy (including power generation, biomass), agriculture, fishery, machinery, electronics, chemistry, radiology, quality/production/manufacturing management, CMC, regulations including ISO, finance, IR, IT, VR (virtual reality)/AR/MR, archaeology, geology. infrastructure, city-planning, the UN-related affairs, SDGs (sustainable development goals), music, history, culture (Buddhism, Shintoism, paper-making, indigo-dying, pottery, ningyo-joruri (Japanese puppet show), etc.), tourism, international cooperation, cosmetics, food, sports, etc. in international conferences, company/business conferences, academic/business presentations, seminars/forums, lectures, business negotiations, ceremonies, parties, etc.
・Master’s degree of English linguistics
・Certificate of proficiency in English (Class: Special A) issued by the United Nations Association of Japan
・TOEIC score 985
・Certified clinical technologist
・Certified Type-I radiation protection supervisor under the Act on Prevention of Radiation Disease Due to Radioisotopes, etc. (Act No. 167 of 1957)
・Certified environmental measurement and chemical analysis specialist
・Certified health supervisor
・Certified Class A hazardous materials supervisor
・Certified Class B frozen machine high-pressure gas production
・Certified tea ceremony teacher
・Certified flower arrangement teacher