Hope you had happy, healthy and safe new year days.
I had very peaceful new year days (from year end) with my family. And before I start the new year period, I had a chance to work as a tour guide for an Australian family who have lived in Japan. We visited Takachiho Gorge and Mt Aso.
I’ve been prepared to do my work as a tour guide and hoping to receive enquiries from you at anytime! However, I might not be available from early Feb to mid March. So, if you are interested in doing guided tours with me, shoot me an email first.
Hope everything will get back to what it used to be before the pandemic, as soon as possible.
Golden Week (GW), one of a few of Japan’s holiday periods where we have a national holiday on 29 Apr followed by 3 holidays in a row in the beginning of May. And when Saturday and Sunday are located between (or the beginning/end of) these holidays, we Japanese people can enjoy a longer holiday, that could go on for a week or up to 10 days. And many office workers are ‘allowed’ to use their paid holidays to make it a long holiday, then touristic spots get packed.
29 Apr – Showa Day （Former Emperor’s (1901-1989) birthday) 03 May – Constitution Day 04 May – Greenery Day 05 May – Children’s Day
Though Governors of big cities insisted that people should not go out during GW to prevent the spread of COVID-19, people are fed up with staying at home!
Fortunately, I ran a couple of tours to Takachiho Gorge and Mt Aso during Golden Week this time. The first one was on 3rd May, in the middle of GW. What I saw there at Takachiho Gorge and Mt Aso was lots of tourists! Not only Japanese but also some foreigners who should be living in Japan were seen here and there. I had expected that people would not go out being scared of the further spread of the virus, but they didn’t seem to be worried about that. Yes, we are Japanese who are well disciplined not to bother anyone around. WE believe we can get through this by wearing a mask and frequent hand washing, until the vast majority of us get vaccinated.
03 May – Takahiho & Mt Aso tour
The second tour was run on 6 May, which was for a family.
Shoot me an email or text massage. And I’ll take you on a great tour.
Given this situation due to the COVID-19, schools, universities and colleges are closed and big events are requested to refrain from holding by Prime Minister Abe. And we have lost most of foreign tourists who visit other countries.
However, I still had some foreign tourists who wanted to join my tours and I successfully ran all those tours and they enjoyed it.
Here in Japan, we have relatively fewer infected and dead compared to many other countries, thanks to their hard work who work at medical centres and our efforts of keeping hands clean with soap and alcohol and wearing a mask when go out. Actually, I haven’t got infected though I have had the chances to go visit touristic places.
We have alcohol bottles set at many entrances of restaurants / convenience stores / department stores / any public buildings for hand washing. I would like to tell you that this is considered to be the way we Japanese have practiced to keep ourselves clean and healthy. And I believe this is the best way to protect yourself and people around you. Follow us.
Let me show you how I enjoyed running tours in February and March despite this situation, as follows.
Let me report you that I got involved in a traffic accident the other day during my job with guests. I got hit by a car right behind when I was stopped for a red light at a crossing on the way back to Kumamoto. So I had no responsibility for this accident but I was worried about my guests. They said they were not injured at all but they could have had “whiplash injury” later, could be in one or two or three weeks. Actually I have whiplash injury in my neck, shoulders and back at the moment, so I am seeing my doctor regularly. But I am fine, I can walk, I can run, I can lift up heavy stuff. And also I had my car repaired already. In this case, the offender have to pay all the expenses that is required for treatment, repairs and compensation from his/her insurance. In Japan, most of the drivers buy insurance when they get a drivers licence or/and when they buy a car. It happens anywhere and anytime no matter if you don’t want. Make sure to fasten seatbelts always.