Everyone has a story.
Everyone has a life they have been living, and are in the midst of deciding what will be on the next page of that story. Thank you very much for coming to this site. I am absolutely thrilled that you are here.
I think that you are probably here because you are looking for something to go in the story that is your own life. What will you do? Where will you go? You are probably someone interested in Japan. Is it the history or art? Is it the food or festivals? Is it something unique about Japan? Kabuki or Noh? Shamisen or Koto? Is it the spirituality of Japan, the quietness we can readily find in the hills and on the temple grounds?
Whatever your reason is for coming to Kagawa, I am delighted that you came, and also deeply privileged that I may offer some suggestions and point out some sign posts that may help make your visit interesting and unique.
My name is Mark Groenewold and I am the author of this site. The purpose for making this site is twofold: the first is to show the outside English speaking world a little about Kagawa and why it is such a marvellous and special place, and the second is to help and support local businesses, shops, and artists as they communicate with people coming here to see and enjoy all that this prefecture has to offer.
As for my own story, I didn’t always live in Kagawa, but my wife and I moved here in 2007. She is from Kagawa, but I am from Canada. Since coming here we developed and grew our language schools and got to know more about this area and the people who live here, work here, and raise their kids here. We are very grateful to the friends we make along the way, and to the people who help us.
Over the past several years we developed our schools to help kids learn and speak English, and we are also involved now in helping small businesses communicate with people overseas. We are fortunate to have this unique place in the community and hope we can do a good job to facilitate and encourage people from different cultures and languages to meet and develop friendships. On this site you will find people in Kagawa who will tell us their stories. It will be great fun to help them transmit to you their experiences, and to help them invite you into their lives. Those stories will continue to be added here, so please come back and check on this site from time to time.
There are many treasures to Kagawa-ken, many doors to open together, and places to explore. I hope you will join us in discovering the quiet awe that can be found here. Kagawa is the smallest prefecture of Japan, but within are some magnificent and splendid things to see, discover, and experience.
And if there is something that you feel that we can do for you to be of service, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best, and I look forward to seeing you here!