Special Presentation on the Ancient Kumano Pilgrimage Routes – 3/15

Dear JETAANC Alumni,

I am a JET alum of 2004-2008, and a former VP of the Portland JETAA chapter. I’ve been back in Japan for about a year now–a very eventful year–and I’m currently translating for an NPO which provides English guiding services in the Kumano Kodo Ancient Road UNESCO World Cultural Heritage area in Wakayama, south of Osaka.

Due to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March, and the floods and landslides in Wakayama during the September typhoon, tourist customer numbers have fallen drastically. As part of our efforts to encourage tourism to the Kumano area, our two directors are planning to visit San Francisco on March 15 to share the magnificence of the Kumano area as a tour destination.

The directors will talk about eco-tourism in the UNESCO World Heritage site that protects the Kumano Ancient Road. Learn about a little-known peninsula where retired emperors made pilgrimages to three grand shrines that still transmit Japan’s ancient religion. This slideshow and mandala narration will introduce you to the rivers and mountains of Kumano, where 1000-year-old trees still grow beside ancient stone roads. Come with our guides on a fascinating and beautiful journey!

What: Presentation: Eco-tourism and the Ancient Kumano Pilgrimage Routes
When: Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Japan Information Center, 50 Fremont Street, Suite 2200, San Francisco, CA 94105
Cost: Free
For more information visit http://en.mi-kumano.com/archives/2233

Todd Van Horne
Mi Kumano NPO