Last week, I took my friend from the US to some historical places in my town. Working in my town, she didn’t have any chance to visit there. Luckily, I was the first guide for her!
First of all, we visited a shrine where we can find lots of monkey statues. It is said that monkeys are protecting the area as guardians, so local residents have a big festival in the year of monkey. We found monkey statues on the stone lanterns, near the spring water, under the eaves and so on. They look humorous!
Next, we visited a small museum introducing a famous doctor in the Edo period. Surprisingly, there was an audio guide machine in a small, small wooden museum in a rural area! Of course we listened to English explanation. Surprisingly again, “Her” English was typical Japanese-English…. I wonder who she is… Anyway, my friend was interested in medicine, so she searched about the doctor on the Net beforehand. She was impressed by his great works.
And then, we sauntered about a park, listening to the murmur of a river. What a relaxing time!! Knowing that she is a vegetarian, we went to a tofu restaurant for lunch. We enjoyed talking about food and ingredients. It was hard for me to explain “Yuba” and “Shojin-ryori” in English. ( These are the must-know for tour guides, though…) She tried black sesame-tofu, tofu-desserts for the first time! She had already known the word,”Betsubara” lol…
It was a short but really fruitful trip for me. I hope she thinks so, too. Guiding is fun!