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"Sommelier of Buddha Statue": Ichiro Kojima

After considerable experiences of working at Kyoto Prefectural government, incorporated foundation relating to cultural assets, Ichiro Kojima is now a Senior Distinguished Researcher of Kyoto Sangyo University and an ambassador of  “Kyoto Kanko Omotenashi  Taishi.” He calls himself “Sommelier of Buddha statue,” giving a lecture and publishing a book about Saijiki and cultural properties around Japan to introduce the charms of Kyoto.

Garden Designer and Producer: Yuri Ugaya

Yuri Ugaya is a garden designer and producer based in Japan. After studied Japanese cultural history at University in Kyoto, she went abroad to over 30 counties, solely for the purpose of admiring the gardens. She studied gardening at Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture in Canada and had an experience in Kew Gardens, England. Her major work includes a Japanese “Zen” garden she created at the Grand Central Station, New York in 2017. 

History Guide: Manabu Mitsuishi

Manabu Mitsuishi has been working at the forefront field of Japanese mythology.
When Kumanokodo Road was registered on a world heritage site as a “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” in 2004, he was invited as a member of a non-governmental organization, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites). At present, he passed down the history through generations and the pleasure of strolling beautiful cobblestone paths with a remarkably long history.