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Dec. 26, 2017: Welcome to Fukushima page was updated.

Welcome to Fukushima page was updated for the coming year 2018. Please look at Welcome to Fukushima 欢迎来到福岛县 2018.

Dec. 16-17, 2017: Attending an Italian photographer

Two of our members have attended a photographer who wanted to visit tsunami hit coastal or Hamadori region. He usually works at Switzerland as an engineer and he was during his business trip to Japan. We guided him through the tsunami hit area mainly Minamisoma and Soma, --- More details are in activity report.

Dec. 14, 2017: Iwaki up-to-date tour

As our monthly group study, we had a tour through Iwaki city and learned a lot about the recovery of the city. We first visited Lala mew which was Iwaki City tourism and products center located at Onahama Port (50-minute local bus ride from JR Iwaki Sta.). On the 2nd floor of the venue there was a large exhibition of photos and descriptions of how Iwaki was hit and how far it has recovered from triple disaster --- More details are in activity report.

Dec. 12, 2017: Guiding through Tsunami hit area

Two of our members have attended a tourist from Australia for a 1-day trip through tsunami affected area of Fukushima. During his stay in Japan he has already traveled other destinations including large cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, and today he requested to visit tsunami hit area. We guided him through Minamisoma and Namie, --- More details are in activity report.

Dec. 10, 2017: Cooperation with Mexico on Dr. Noguchi memorial events

One of our members from Koriyama, who now works in Mexico and who is also a member of Japanese-Mexican Society has visited Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall in Inawashiro. This was his second visit following the October of last year --- More details are in activity report.

Dec. 2-3, 2017: Fukushima tourism and products event in Tokyo

Some of our members (English and Chinese interpreters) have attended Fukushima tourism and products promotion event held at Asakusa, Tokyo. The event was organized by Fukushima Prefecture intended to promote particularly the northern area. The 2-day event was clouded with foreign travelers partly thanks to the fine weather. It was impressive that many shops had their own ideas for foreign tourists’ attraction.

Nov. 16, 2017: A deep countryside tour of Towa district, Nihonmatsu

As our monthly group study, we had an amazing countryside tour of Towa district, Nihonmatsu City. The area expands to northeast of JR Nihonmatsu Station. It includes historic sites deep inside mountain woods of Mount Kohata (666m). Local specialties such as organic wine produced with grapes from local vineyard, --- More details are in activity report.

Nov. 11, 2017: English guide introduction for a high school

Five of our members attended as instructors for an English guide introduction program at Asaka Kaisei High School, Koriyama City. The main theme of the guide training today was “Asaka Canal” which was designated as a Japan Heritage last year. --- More details are in activity report.

Oct. 25, 2017: National Treasure tour in Aizu

As our monthly group study, we had a valuable experience at Yugawa Village and Aizumisato Town, looking deeply into several of National Treasures kept in this region. The area was located right west of Aizuwakamatsu castle town. We started from Shojoji Temple in Yugawa Village, where a number of valuable wooden statues carved in early 800’s were kept. Then we moved to Ryukoji Temple in Aizumisato Town, --- More details are in activity report.

Oct. 13, 2017: Omotenashi Guide Fukushima 2018 calendar

Omotenashi Guide Fukushima 2018 calendar was announced today. Please look at the link: http://omotenashifukushima.jp/calendar2018.html.

Sept. 24, 2017: Koriyama Asaka Development tour

As our monthly group study, we had a wonderful study tour in Koriyama City with two foreigners from the U.S. and Afghanistan attended. The tour was focused mainly on spectacular Asaka Development Project in early Meiji Period including the development of Asaka Canal. These sites were designated as Japan Heritage last year. --- More details are in activity report.

July 2, 2017: Kawauchi one-day tour

As our monthly group study, we had a wonderful experience at Kawauchi Village, with 10 local English teachers from foreign countries attended. Kawauchi Village is located in a remote mountainous area within coastal Hamadori region of Fukushima. It boasts a great wilderness such as Hebusunuma Pond, --- More details are in activity report.

June 11, 2017: Nihonmatsu rediscovery tour

We had a lot of Nihonmatsu experiences today during our monthly group study. First in the morning, we walked along a trail on the slope of Mount Adatara, which was Adatara Valley Nature Trail, with full of fresh green leaves and waterfalls. After lunch, we visited Ebisu Circuit --- More details are in activity report.

May 16, 2017: Basic Chinese orientation

We have many qualified Chinese interpreter guides in our group this fiscal year. As Chinese speaking tourists increase in Fukushima Prefecture, it is preferable that even English speaking guides understand basic Chinese conversation. Today, we had an extra group study --- More details are in activity report.

May 14, 2017: Okuaizu Tadami Line tour

As our monthly group study, we visited Okuaizu region taking a ride on JR Tadami Line train. The train slowly traveled through deep valleys along the Tadami River and at first took us to Mishima Town. We had a wonderful experience of making a handmade strap by weaving dried wild vine at Seikatsukogeikan --- More details are in activity report.

April 24, 2017: Hamadori recovery tour

As our monthly group study, we had a significant experience through a tour of Hamadori region which had been severely affected by earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant accident 6 years ago. Minamisoma City was one of them. We visited two of the iconic recovery sites: --- More details are in activity report.

Mar. 26, 2017: As our monthly group study, we practiced English guiding tour for Miharu Takizakura giant cherry tree in Miharu Town. The tour was held jointly with Fukushima Bilingual Association, a non-profit organization based in Miharu Town, which promotes an early English education program for children. --- More details are in activity report.

Mar. 12, 2017: Some of our members have attended a guide training course for Asaka Canal, which has been designated as a Japan Heritage in 2016. The training class was promoted by Koriyama City. The water starts from Lake Inawashiro, --- More details are in activity report.

Mar. 7, 2017: 'Radioactive concerns?' page was updated based on the latest data. Evacuation zone shrinks to one third as of coming April 1, which means less than 3% of the whole Fukushima area. --- More details are in Radioactive concerns?.

Jan. 28-29, 2017: Two of our members have attended a group tour of deep Aizu Region along Tadami Line train, which runs through snow-capped valleys and mountainsides along the Tadami River. This was a group of 75 young foreigners from 16 different Asian and European countries. --- More details are in activity report.

Jan. 16-18, 2017: A member of our group has attended a photographer from Thailand as a translator for his shooting pictures mainly in Aizu Region, where he could find beautiful snow-covered landscape. He chose some places as viewpoints for JR Tadami Line train, --- More details are in activity report.

Dec. 18, 2016: This will be the last activity report of this year. As our monthly group study, we invited Mr. Matsueda as a speaker, who was a former official of Futaba Town where a part of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is located. --- More details are in activity report.

Dec. 11, 2016: Omotenashi Guide Fukushima 2017 calendar was released today. Please look at the link: http://omotenashifukushima.jp/calendar2017.html.

Nov. 26, 2016: Some of our members have participated in a panel discussion event, which was a part of Hirono International Forum at Hirono Town. The theme was “How we people in Fukushima can send out correct messages to the international world”. Then all the attendees had fruitful group discussions with about 70 people participating in groups of all generations. --- Link to the newspaper article (Fukushima Minpo).

Nov. 20, 2016: We had a great communication tour experience with 4 ALTs who live in Fukushima, 11 staff members and officials from municipalities in the northern Fukushima as well as from prefecture office, who promoted this event. The tour included two of the major attraction sites in the northern Fukushima: --- More details are in activity report.

Nov. 13, 2016: As our monthly group study, we had a special tour of Date City featured the famous Date samurai family whose home town was in this district, and Anpo-gaki or sweet half-dried persimmon which is a great specialty of this town. --- More details are in activity report.

Oct. 22, 2016: As our monthly group study, we invited Mr. Ashworth as an English guide instructor. Mr. Ashworth is from Detroit, U.S., and is an English teacher at schools in Fukushima as well as helping tourism in Fukushima City for foreigners. We visited three of the attractions in the city: --- More details are in activity report.

Oct. 4, 2016: One of our members, who now lived in Mexico, came back to Japan attending four tourists from Mexico. He guided them during their visit to Fukushima. --- More details are in activity report.

Sept. 11, 2016: As our monthly group study, we visited some of the tourist attractions near the northwestern shore of Lake Inawashiro. First, we visited Dr. Noguchi Memorial Hall, which had been renovated last year --- More details are in activity report.

Aug. 30, 2016: A member of our group has reported her recent two experiences as an interpreter. On July 13th, she attended a high school teacher from the U.S. for his interview with some members of Katsurao Village Office. --- More details are in activity report. And on Aug. 7th, she guided a group of foreign students of Aizu University for their one day tour in Tamura City. They first had a nice local specialty curry dish called Yasai Curry and then --- More details are in activity report.

Aug. 20, 2016: As our monthly group study, we invited Mr. Chinthaka Kumara Wijesinghe from Sri Lanka, who now works for i-Medical College in Koriyama City, as a guest speaker. First we learned a lot about his country Sri Lanka, its history, culture, --- More details are in activity report.

July 27, 2016: One of our members guided an Australian researcher who was an Energy and Climate Change Specialist, during her visit to AIPOWER Company in Kitakata City. AIPOWER has been developing renewable energy power plants in Aizu Region, --- More details are in activity report.

July 26-27, 2016: One of our members attended a newspaper journalist from the Netherlands. The journalist first visited vice mayor of Minamisoma City, and then moved to Odaka District of the city, where evacuation order had just been lifted this month, and talked with some returned people. The next day, he visited Naraha Town in the south, where evacuation order had already been lifted last September, and talked with many town residents, getting the latest recovery information.

July 24, 2016: As our extra group study, we visited Soma Nomaoi Festival in Minamisoma City, which is a traditional regional festival from more than 1000 years ago. The event occurs in late July every year, --- More details are in activity report.

July 21, 2016: One of our members guided a Croat who visited evacuation zone of Namie Town. He was a graduate student of architecture and his purpose was to take pictures of buildings in the evacuation zone for his study. He also took pictures of a convenience store which opened two years ago as a symbol of recovery.

July 16, 2016: As our monthly group study, we had an opportunity to study about radiation in English, conducted by Mr. Aoki, Technical Advisor at Decontamination Information Plaza (Fukushima City) of the Ministry of the Environment. We reviewed --- More details are in activity report.

June 18, 2016: As our extra group study, we visited Jomopia Miyahata, which is a National Historic Site in Fukushima City. ---In the afternoon, we moved to Kori Town --- More details are in activity report.

June 12, 2016: As our monthly group study, we had a special monitoring tour throughout Tamura City. It was arranged by our Tamura members in cooperation with city supporters. First, we visited --- More details are in activity report.

May 15, 2016: As our monthly group study, we invited Mr. Joost Kralt, who is a foreign staff at International Policy Division in the Culture & Sports Department of Koriyama City. --- More details are in activity report.

April 22, 2016: We had a report from one of our members that she and her son jointly attended a photo journalist from Australia and guided through his coverage mainly on Naraha Town which was located in the coastal region just south of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. It took five days during last February and the documented article includes a variety of the honest feelings of the town residents interviewed, where evacuation order has been lifted last September. --- Here is the article.

April 10, 2016: As our monthly group study, we invited Ms. Kumiko Imoto from Tokyo, who is an energetic business woman on commercial design. She studied art of design at university in Georgia, U.S. --- More details are in activity report.

March 29, 2016: A member of Omotenashi Guide Fukushima has guided two women tourists from Thailand and Hong Kong in Aizuwakamatsu City. First they had a traditional lunch of Aizu and then visited Tsurunoe Sake Brewery and experienced an interesting brewery tour and sake tasting. More details are in activity report.

March 26, 2016: "Welcome to Fukushima 2016" page was updated. 'Alpine flowers' were added and 'Historic places' were updated. 

March 1 and 8, 2016: A member of Omotenashi Guide Fukushima guided an American gentleman who applied for a Japanese Driver's License at Fukushima City. This job requires special experience and knowhow dedicated to the procedure at Driver's License Center. The interpreter guide had an experience of a similar case and finally the client succeeded to get the license.

February 20, 2016: As our monthly group study, we looked back at our earthquake and nuclear disaster five years ago. We invited Ms. Kataoka from Aizu Radiation Information Center as a guest speaker and shared severe experience at that time as well as the current recovery status. On another session, we studied Chernobyl nuclear accident from English translation "Voices from Chernobyl" by Svetlana Alexievich. More details are in activity report.  

February 12, 2016: A member of Omotenashi Guide Fukushima has guided a couple from Los Angeles, U.S. They visited tsunami affected coastline area between Soma City and Namie Town. Namie Town is still under evacuation order due to the nuclear plant accident. The interpreter guide was a resident from the area and they could learn a lot of details from her story. The couple had an invaluable experience in Fukushima.

February 1, 2016: "Welcome to Fukushima 2016" page was updated. "Trains", "Cycling", "Renewable energy" were added as new categories.

January 17, 2016: As our first group study in 2016, we invited a Chinese and a Korean guests and had a free discussion on social and cultural difference in daily lives. In another session, we studied about Isabella Bird's tracks in Aizu, Fukushima from her "Unbeaten tracks in Japan". More details are in activity report.

January 9, 2016: "Welcome to Fukushima" page was updated for 2016 including twelve new sites.

December 23, 2015: We opened our Facebook page for sharing latest information with you.

December 20, 2015: As our monthly group study, we had a Japanese tea ceremony lesson in Iwaki City. In the afternoon, we visited some attractions in the city including Shiramizu Amidado Hall which is a national treasure. More details are in activity report. 

December 12, 2015: A member of Omotenashi Guide Fukushima has guided a visitor from Canada. She visited Iwaki City at which her family member had a war time experience during World War Ⅱ. She visited a house near the site of the experience and could hear more stories at that time. More details are in activity report.

November 27, 2015: A member of Omotenashi Guide Fukushima has attended an interview program with Iitate Village Mayor Norio Kanno by an Italian TV crew. The interview was on the ongoing recovery of the village which had been severely affected by the nuclear accident in 2011. Interpretation was done between the Italian crew and the mayor during 20-minute interview. More details are in activity report.

November 26, 2015: This top page has been updated. Three new buttons were added below: one for the link to JNTO Fukushima page, another one for 2016 calendar page, and the last one for old articles.

November 25, 2015: We have made an Omotenashi Guide Fukushima 2016 calendar. Please look at the link: http://omotenashifukushima.jp/calendar2016.html

November 22, 2015: As our monthly group study, we visited Aizuhongo pottery village in Aizumisato Town. This is the oldest in Tohoku Region which includes 14 pottery workshops today. We learned in details about the process at one of the workshops: Ryumon China. We also visited some other historic places nearby such as Nagatoko which is an old prayer hall of Kumano Shrine in Kitakata City. More details are in activity report.

November 17, 2015: A Canadian couple visited Fukushima today. They were old friends of a member of this group. They were very interested in Anpogaki which is a kind of dried persimmon and one of the top specialties of Date City, Fukushima. The member plus two other members have welcomed the couple and guided throughout the city. More details are in activity report.

November 13-16, 2015: Two of our members have attended a French journalist's TV interview and report program in the nuclear disaster affected Naraha Town. The evacuation order was lifted last September and some of the town residents are coming back. Interpretation was done between the residents, town officials and the journalist. Let us offer sincere condolences to France on the recent incident. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite.

October 30, 2015: As our extra group study, we visited two important temples in Aizu Region and learned about four of the invaluable National Treasures which belong to the two temples. More details are in activity report.

October 24, 2015: As our monthly group study, we visited Oyasuba Historical Park and Niida-Honke Sake Brewery in Koriyama City. More details are in activity report.

September 13, 2015: As our monthly group study, we visited British Hills complex on Hatoriko-Kogen highlands, Ten-ei Village. More details are in activity report.

August 30, 2015: Five new items including Somanomaoi Festival were added to "Historic heritage" in the Welcome to Fukushima page.

August 27, 2015: Our monthly group study was held in Nihonmatsu City. First we visited historic sites in the city and then moved to JICA Nihonmatsu Training Center on the foot of Mt. Adatara. More details are in activity report.

August 14-30, 2015: One of our members has attended a documentary film shooting crew from Switzerland. This is their second visit to Tomioka town, Fukushima, followed by the first one last March. More details are in activity report.

August 6-10, 2015: Two of our members have interpreted for foreign musicians and members of Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta during rehearsals at the Ongakudo music hall in Fukushima city.  The concert is scheduled on August 18th.

July 20, 2015: We opened our Chinese page 中文(简体).

July 12, 2015: Our monthly group meeting was held in Fukushima City. The main event was a lecture and Q&A session by Mr. Nissen, who teaches English at Sakuranoseibo Gakuin High School. More details are shown in activity report.

July 12, 2015: We opened our Korean page(한국어).

July 1, 2015:  Our website has been renewed and reopened. The URL has been changed.

May 28, 2015: We have guided a group of about 60 foreign scientists who were then attending an international conference at Urabandai, Fukushima. Doctors of physics and chemistry had a marvelous day-off with us visiting Tsurugajo Castle and Suehiro Sake Brewery.

May 22-26, 2015: Two of our members have supported the International Exchange program as interpreter guides. The event was held in Tamura City with invited guests from the City of Mansfield, Ohio. 

May 22-23, 2015: We have supported the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Iwaki City as interpreter guides.

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