Dear friends and neighbours,
First of all, I want to thank you for coming to this blog and website regularly to catch the updates, news, and reports of what you can see and do in Kagawa, in Shikoku, and this treasured region of Japan. It has been such a great experience this last year to put some effort into this website and to see the great responses from all over the world. I am amazed to see the reach that this site has had, and grateful for the very interesting people I have had a chance to meet along the way.
About a year ago, Kazuyo (my lovely and very very patient wife) and I started to get involved in Inbound Tourism Consulting. We have had a lot of great experiences to share our research and have worked with JR Shikoku, the 114 Economic Research Institute, several companies and hotels, local media, and have made new connections with a number of overseas tour providers who are interested in developing further projects with us. This last year also has culminated in being able to launch my most recent book, Your Pilgrimage in Japan: A Regular Canadian on the 88 Temple Buddhist Pilgrimage of Shikoku. Already the response to the book has been much more than I expected. I’m grateful for all of it.
I am also grateful that our work as Inbound Consultants is now expanding and growing. We have been contacted by people in Mie Prefecture to consult with them regarding the Kumano Koudou (the Pilgrimage of Kumano) and that is a very exciting project as well. Another project we are working on currently is with the Shikoku Sake Association as they are very interested to collaborate together to promote sake as a cultural experience, and to develop strategies to develop further an international market for their products. I am already sketching out the broad strokes of the next book I hope to have available next year.
There is much to do, and we are grateful for such trust and new friendships as well.
More things to come, both great and small. We will continue to promote Kagawa, the Ohenro Experience of Shikoku, the Setouchi Triennale, and all the great things to see and do here in this part of Japan. But we will also more our sights upwards and beyond as well.
Thank you again so much for being here. It means a lot, and is a strong encouragement for us to continue onwards, despite issues and troubles that crop up from time to time.