Absolute wonderful experience with Yoshiko. My custom tour started 3 months ago in the planning stages. Yoshiko patiently helped over the many changes that the itinerary developed into. She recommended the best transportation option from train arrival to departure and car rental. The day of arrival she met me on train platform, her oral English skills were excellent with virtually no accent. During the tour, her warm, fun loving personality shone through. At the end of the tour, she ensured I got to the correct train platform. Yoshiko also gave good help and advice that will help for the rest of my stay in Japan. My whole experience with Yoshiko from planning to day of tour was 100% positive.
David, Thank you so much for your warmhearted compliment. I respect your deep affection for your ancestors and uncle. Because of your wonderful personality, I could meet and contact all the kind and compassionate people. Even when I called each and every Kusakabe one after another, they didn’t feel suspicious but got sympathized with you and me. Please take Shuji Kusakabe’s address and phone number with you on 31st. If you should lose that, tell Go to dial 104 and look for the phone number of Shuji Kusakabe living in Numagasaku. I hope you will have another unforgettable experience in Nihonmatsu. I am so grateful to you and Tadashi and also everyone else involved in this tour. Please say hello to your family for me.
I have been hoping to interact with the Geigi of Japan, and Niigata is a good place to start. For this purpose, I have made the reservation of the restaurant, very helpfully, Yoshiko san has helped me confirm with the restaurant. On the day of the appointment, she waited for me on the station platform and made sure I don't get lost. She waited for me to let me complete some of my work, led me to a local liquor store for some good sake. and brought me to the restaurant. Over in the time, she frequently explained to me some local excursions and historical facts. When we got to the restaurant, she also helped in explaining the situation, translating the interactions, and most of all, immersed and enjoyed herself in the experience. She often brought in some insights and historical facts to ... read more
Thank you, Phillip, for your compliment to me. It was such an experience to talk with geigis and see their dances right before us. I was so much amazed by your knowledge on Japan. It was the very first time to see a person with profound understanding of our history and culture as old as Jomon period or Japanese prehistory. I learned a lot from you and geigis. I know those beautiful Furumachi geigis had a wonderful time with you too. Please have enough rest after that bullet tour. You must have learned a lot in that short period of traveling Japan. Please have more time in Niigata next. I would love to show you around more then. Thank you again for coming all the way to Niigata.