Wow.

This year is zipping by. No doubt about it. It seemed that just the other day it was January and I was with my family in Australia and was mapping out with the lovely Kazuyo what we need to do to put Come To Kagawa more “out there” and to be relevant and helpful and of good support and service to people who stumble upon us.

One goal that we needed to make was to be continuing the process of updating this blog and to get information that is out there about Kagawa-ken, about Shikoku, and about some interesting and unique things about Japan for visitors. The goal was to get one blog a day. So far, I am happy to say that we are 40 days ahead of schedule, so that is great.

And it is so easy to find the content that is relevant to Shikoku and Kagawa-ken. It seems to just be teeming with fresh material, art, culture, food, and interesting people who have come through or who make this region what it is.

I need to also talk a little about some of our efforts in highlighting Shikoku and the progress we made. So far, we have a few groups that are committed to come for a holiday visit. We have made some inroads in the karate world, where I have had some experience. We are having some success with foreign pilgrims coming here to walk the path of Kukai. We are also making some progress with introducing the world of Shikoku sake in a more organized and effective manner. This is very exciting, and now I need to take a crash course (or two) on the cultural elixir of Japan. I already enjoy sake, so this shouldn’t be hard. But the thing is, now I need to do my best to get more informed about the nuances, the processes, and what differentiates a good sake from a great one.

In the weeks to come we will also be deepening our work as a support for foreign pilgrims who are coming to Shikoku. There really are some outstanding and very charming people who have trailblazed ahead of us. But it is my sincere hope that I can reference their great work, enlist their wisdom and insights, and that between what has been done and what needs to be done we can make the 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage experience even better and more accessible.

All of this going on while our own base business of running language schools is getting busier and busier. I suppose that if it true that idle hands are the devil’s workshop I have the hands of a saint. But there is no complaint in any of this. Each day is busy from dawn till dusk, but I am grateful and happy. We have the most astonishing team of teachers and staff that work together with us in our company. And we have new friends and connections with whom we are enjoying wonderful friendship and collaboration.

I think that the second half of this year promises to be even greater. I cordially invite you to come along for the ride.

Yours truly,

Mark