We could not have asked for a better guide. Via emails, Mari determined our interests well ahead of time, and prepared an itinerary that not only included sights we requested but also introduced us to some "hidden secrets" that made the tour very special. She is very knowledgeable on all matters of Japan (even though our focus was on historical art and architecture) and enlightened us greatly on the significance of many observations that we would otherwise have missed. Mari is very organized and knew what to omit in order to manage our time efficiently. We found conversations came easily with her and the day's experience was a total pleasure.
Thank you very much for your excellent review. I also enjoyed guiding you. I am glad we had time to talk about Japanese art history and gardening. I hope your experience in Tokyo National Museum might give you an idea or imagination for your next artwork. I really like your paintings which show your artistic talent and great sensitivity. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.