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Floods in south of Kumamoto

We sustained severe damages from floods that washed away local people’s life, caused by torrential rains which we couldn’t even expect or forecast until its very last minute and unfortunately it happened in the midnight. That happened so suddenly around 4 am on the 4th July morning. I didn’t expect this, either did most of other people living in south of Kumamoto.

The central areas of Hitoyoshi were sunk under water (up to 8 – 9 meters high) and the villages along Kumagawa river (or “Kuma river“, blue line on the following map between Hitoyoshi and Yatsushiro) were washed away. We have lost 40 people while 17 people found in “cardiac arrest”, a term Japanese authorities often use to describe the dead until doctors can examine the body, and 11 people still missing.

See these pictures below, everything was ruined. Kumagawa river (Kuma river) is our mother river who usually gives us blessings such as beautiful scenery, fishing, rafting, sightseeing and so on. But she gave us a tremendous disaster this time. This is nature, which we can’t refuse, no matter how we try to.

Here is a post about this disaster.

Your help would be much appreciated. Should you find a donation site, we hope your warm helping hands to those who are suffered from this disaster.

PS We are all safe here in Gokanosho, so far.

COVID-19 Situation in Kumamoto & Message to you all

We have had 49 people confirmed positive and 3 deaths caused by COVID-19 out of 1.76 million inhabitants of Kumamoto Pref. We are now under the “State of emergency” in all the Prefectures of Japan and it’s currently expected to continue until 31 May 2020.  “State of emergency” restrictions have been removed in  Kumamoto as well as ALL of the Prefectures of Japan including the greater capital areas of Tokyo, (incl. Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba) and Hokkaido where they still had many infected.

Restaurants, shops, stores and markets are fully open and people are working back in their workplaces here in Kumamoto since we haven’t had any new infected or death for over 1 month (increased by 1 person, age 90 who moved in from another Prefecture) thanks to our custom which are to keep ourselves clean by often washing hands, gargling, having a bath nearly every evening, wearing a mask and avoiding to gather in crowds. So, please follow us to keep yourself safe.

I am safe and healthy now. I’ve been doing some mountain work in Gokanosho to feed my family. I will make efforts to continue being a professional tour guide and am hoping you to visit Japan when this is all over!

Check out my BLOG if you would like to see if I am alive.

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Introduction

Hi, my name is HASHIZAKI Schingo (橋崎 晋吾), just call me Schingo, my given name.
I am a National licensed English speaking tour guide living in a mountainous place “Gokanosho” which is a collection of 5 sparsely populated villages. I’ve been working as a professional tour guide for over 8 years in all the prefectures of Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Oita, Kagoshima, Saga, Nagasaki and Fukuoka on Kyushu island. To become a National licensed English speaking tour guide, I passed all of the 4-subject (English / Japan’s Geography / Japan’s History / Common knowledge [Politics / Economics / Industries / Culture]) examination which is held only once a year.

I have lived in Kumamoto Prefecture for over 40 years in total since I was born. The more I learn about Kumamoto, the more I get to love Kumamoto. We are very proud that Kumamoto gives us Japan’s beautiful aspects such as mountains with full of trees, clean rivers, various agricultural products, historical sites, traditional events, tasty local foods, the way of living which have been imparted from generation to generation, and so on.  Should you visit Kumamoto and its surroundings, and would like to have some really good experiences of Japan, just ask me before you go any further. I’d be pleased to give you some suitable advice on what you need and tour arrangement.

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My tour-guiding service includes

– Make up your customized tours
– Show you around the areas / spots / facilities  with background explanations
– Learning Japan’s culture / custom / economics / history and more
Transport service in the guide’s 8-seater mini van that accommodates up to 7 people unless big luggage
Group photos (taken with my single-lens reflex camera) shared on Google Drive (photos are available even without a Google account)

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Gallery from my tours

My Guidable Areas

– Kumamoto Pref.
(Gokanosho / Kumamoto city / Mt Aso / Yatsushiro / Hitoyoshi, etc)
– Miyazaki Pref.
(Takachiho)
– Fukuoka Pref.
(Fukuoka city / Dazaifu)
– Kagoshima Pref.
(Kagoshima city / Mt Sakurajima / Chiran / Mt Kaimon / Nagasaki-bana)
– Nagasaki Pref.
(Nagasaki city)
– Oita Pref.
(Kuju / Beppu / Kunisaki peninsula)

Me and my family

Cheers, Rock and Roll.

Primary school entrance ceremony held on 9th April 2020.

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