|From USA 2017.11.22
Thank you very much for the fun and
informative tour last week. We hope to visit our friends Yasu Hata and Bill
Winslow again next fall in Ikaruga-cho. Maybe we will you see you again then as
|From Italy 2017.5.15
I wanted to thank your guide Masaru Ogawa
for our fantastic tour of Horyuji Temple in April. Mr. Ogawa was a marvelous
guide and told us an incredible amount of information and kept us smiling the
entire time. We are from Italy and were very happy to have an excellent English
Thank you again, our visit to Horyuji was one of the highlights of our
visit to Japan!
|From Argentina and Italy2017.3.21
I just wanted to write my appreciation of the services of Mac. H. Matsumoto and his colleague at Horyuji on Wednesday. He was informative, good-humoured and enabled us to learn a great deal. Without him, we would have wondered at the buildings but understood little
of their purpose; now we know a little more about Buddhism in Japan and the history of Horyuji. どうもありがとうございました!
|From Hong Kong 2016.10.21
I must express my heartfelt thank you for your truly amazing and inspiring
guide tour of Horyuji temple last week.
I and my wife Angela enjoy so much of your
professional explanation throughout the two hour touring. Without your devoted
and passionate accompany, we will certainly miss a lot of interesting points
and historical significance of Horyuji temple. Your well preparation of
information, equipment like torch and leaflet really impress me a lot and I
absolute believe you enjoy your guide tour work in the bottom of your
Please accept my belated reply as we just
back to Hong Kong yesterday after visiting lot of temples and
Buddha/Bodhisattva sculptures in Nara and Kyoto. Attached please find the photo
we taking together in Horyuji temple and I believe, to both of us, this is
certainly a good memory to remember.
We would like to thank again and hope to
visit Horyuji temple and meet with you again.
Greeting from Beijing!
I am Mr. Cheng’s secretary. He texted me
yesterday evening that he and his friend have a very good time with you at Nara
Horyu Ji yesterday. As Mr. Cheng is very interested about Japanese culture and
architect, he is much appreciated that you introduce the culture of Horyu Ji in
Chinese for two hours very professionally. He let me write a letter to you to
thank for your kindly hospitality and profound knowledge.
If he visits Nara again, he looks forward
to talking with you next time. And we hope that more and more people can learn
Japanese culture from you.
Enjoy your time every day!
|From Thailand 2016.5.14
This is my greeting from Thailand to you. I
am very sorry that I write e-mail to you quite late. It is because I am very
busy with my job after I came back from japan. And I just found you e-mail to
send photo to you.
Importantly, I would like to say Thank you very much for your kindness
during we travel together. I have a lot of fun with you and my Japanese
family. I am looking forward to hearing back from you. Please write me back to
confirm that you receive my e-mail.
|From Spain 2016.4.3
|Here is the photo we took together. It was a big pleasure and honor for
us, to visit Horyuji Temple with you. Your explanations were very
nice and interesting!!Many thanks for everything!! Should you ever need
anything from Spain or in Spain, let me know!
|From Switzerland 2016.4.1
I am the lawyer from Switzerland who visited Horyuji last week.
Thank you so much for taking me
around in English in Horyuji, it was very interesting. I managed also to see
the other temples in Nara the same day before they were closed and I was very
impressed and happy that you adviced me to go there as well.
I send you my contact details below,
so if it happens that you visit Switzerland, I could show you around a bit as
In any case I will give my friends
your contact as discussed, if they are visiting Nara.
|From Holland 2016.1.5
|we like to thank you again for the wonderfull day we had with you in Nara.
The tour at Horyu-ji was very interesting with your explination. We learned
a lot and we will look more carefull at the other temples. The Todai Temple
was also very impressive. The Kasuga shrine was so crowded that we almost
couldn't enter. At the end of the day we were very tired but also very
satisfied that we have seen Nara. A beautifull place, we are glad we have
seen. Thanks a lot again, arigato gozaimasu,
|From USA 2015.11.25
Thank you so very much for your
delightful and informative tour yesterday. It was so enjoyable and extremely
Horyuji is such a wonderful evidence of
mankind's need for a good spiritual life..
a quest towards harmony. I loved being there and learning about the
pagoda and seeing so many beautiful Buddhas.You have given me the best tour in
Japan.... I will tell my friends about
|From Germany 2014.11.15
. I came back with a good feeling from our time in Horyuji. It was a very
impressive temple and a very insightful tour. And in addition, I found
it very interesting to hear about Japan's attitude towards deceased persons
and the end of their personal 'guilt'. This explains a lot to me and brings
Japan more close to me. Japan is a very interesting country with a deep
culture and long history to explore. I definitely have to come back!
I attached to this mail the picture of us taken at Horyuji.
|From Australia and New Zealand 2014.10.9
This is to express our sincere appreciation for the time
and impressive knowledge you shared during our tour this afternoon.
We were not expecting this level of personalized service
and enjoyment when we decided to visit Horyuji today.Your sensitivity to Ian's health needs all afternoon added
to making the tour even more memorable.
We hope that you continue to stay healthy and that your
wife will recover very soon.
|From Australia 2014.7.02
|Ealier this month you were kind enough to show us around the Horyuji. We wanted to express our thanks again for the kindness you took. We would have appreciated the solemnity of the temple in any case, but to understand somthing of its history ーーー
Our visit with you made a wonderful conclusion to our stay in Japan.
|From USA 2014.6.26
Thank you so much for giving us a tour
of the temple. Your tour was very
interesting and informative, and made
all the difference.
We (me and Antonio) were visiting Nara
just for the day, our one free day
during the 12-day business tour we
conducted in Japan. We were so lucky to
be able to meet you. After the temple,
we went to Todai-ji Temple, and we
wished you were there as well. Please take care. I hope to see you
| From Germany 2014.1.9
We would like to thank you again for your most interesting guidance through
Horyu-ji Temple that you gave us last week. We were very happy to
learn so many things about Horyu-ji, we really enjoyed your great explanations
and your nice company very much!My Japanese husband told me that at
least this one time it was an advantage for him to have a foreign wife
(me). Isn't that a nice husband :-) Please find attached the picture
that we took together.
|From Brazil 204.1.6
This is the brazilian guy who attended your tour in Horyuji!
I am writting to wish you, although a little bit late, a very happy new year!
I hope that in 2014 you acomplish all your goals!
Finally, i am sending our picture from the day we met! I remember it with
|From Canada 2013.12.20
|Thank you for arranging
two excellent tour guides for last Tuesday and Wednesday. Your club provides
visitors to Japan with well informed tours and very friendly guides.
We wish you all the best for the future and would highly recommend your club to
other visitors to Nara.
|From England 2013.11.26
H and I wanted to email to say thank you very very much for giving us such
an interesting and enjoyable tour of the beautiful Horyu-ji. We learned
a great amount and you made it a very special visit for us on our honeymoon
We were able to use the information you gave us for the rest of our trip
on visits to Koyasan and in Kyoto and Osaka to understand more about the
temples. I think Horyu-ji was our favourite of all the temples!We really
enjoyed our visit to Japan, it is a beautiful country with very friendly
and welcoming people, I hope we can return again!
I have attached a photo of us outside the temple.
|From France 2013.11.6
|I just would like to express our appreciation to Ikaruga ICES SGG's support
to our Ikaruga visit on 29th October. Our friends truly appreciated Ms.F's guide through the visit of Horyuji. Previous
day, we have visited Todai-ji and Kasuga Shrine, then we had a chance to
visit Nara National Museum, Shoso-In treasure exhibition. Hence,
they were able to have better understanding about the periods of 7-8 century
in Japan, and the value of Horyuji. Her introduction made their visit to
Horyuji truly meaningful and they will introduce their friends the value
of Horyuji and the culture.
|From China 2013.10.22
am a chinese tourist from Shanghai, we have visited Nara a month ago. I want to
thank you for the great tour guide of the 法隆寺. We learned a lot from your introduction. Here is the picture we
took at the end of the tour.
|From England 2013.10.8
Thank you so much for a really inspiring
tour of Horyuji temple. I had never experienced a historical guide before and
I'm very glad I did as it enhanced the experience so much.
From now on, when I visit an interesting historical place, I will try to
get a guide whenever possible. I seriously doubt that any of my future
guides will be as brilliant as you though!
I love learning about the world, and you
and Takyoka San filled in a few more pieces of the puzzle for me.
When I return to Japan I will let you know. Hopefully, we can meet up again
and go for a drink together
Feel free to write to me any time, and if you are ever in London, let me
know and I'll do my best to show you some interesting places.
|From Hong Kong 2013.9.20
Thank you so much for your guidance of 法隆寺. It was very
nice and sophisticated. We were very impressed by the stories behind this
beautiful historical building. Your guidance gave us an valuable chance to
glance at this important part of Japanese culture. We appreciate your work so
Wish you good health and nice life.
|FrFrom USA 2013.7.1
Thank you for the tour you gave us today! We really enjoyed learning the
details of Buddhist temples and the specifics of the history of Horyuji,
built so long ago in year 711.When we went to Todai-ji I finally
understood the details of the guards from Ahh to Mmm and many of the traditions
of Buddhist temples. We also saw some of the cloths on Jizō
statues as we walked through Nara.Your tour opened our eyes to the traditions
and history of the temples in Japan.
|From England 2013.6.24
My husband and I live in England UK and Visited Japan. We would
love to thank you our guide Mr O. We have been to Horyuji with my
friend's father's recommendation and he was kindly found the English guide
for us. It was 13th of May. I have been there as my school trip but
it was almost 3 decades ago and I did remember nothing and it was 1st time
for my husband. Mr O was kind enough to show us many things as possible
and did kindly share his great knowledge about horyu temple. without having
him, we could not enjoyed this world heritage. We should have emailed you
much earlier to send our appreciation but have been very hectic.
Please forgive us. I am sure to recommend our friends to contact you
when they visit Horyu-ji and we will sure to visit there again.
|From Canada 2013.5.30
|With your guide, Horyuji Temple is the most impressive Temple that we had
ever visit in Japan. We really appreciated your help.
|From Canada 2013.5.24
|It is nearly 2 months since I had the chance of being guided by you at
Horyuji. Of course, you may not remember too well, since you meet many
visitors, I imagine, and since my visit was on April 1st (2013-04-01) So,
first, I do have to apologize for not writing earlier. I wanted to do this
in a relaxed way. It did take, indeed, a much longer time than I would
have expected. I am deeply sorry. Second, since my visit, I had wanted
to thank you again for offering to guide me, explain and show me what I
am so ignorant of. Thanks to you, what could have been a regular "tourist"
visit, became very intructional and extremely enriching. Later on, when
I returned to Nara, I felt very grateful for your generosity since you
accepted to spend more than three hours of your time, thus giving me some
kind of better knowledge of the marvels and beauties of Horyuji.
Furthermore, since I am an old man travelling alone, you made my trip to Japan get a special moment through the historic and cultural informations you provided me with.
The time I spent with you remains a priviledged moment for my first trip
to your country. The discovery of Japan has been very important for me
: to be in contact with such a great civilization as Japan's is good for
the mind and the spirit. You played a role in this which is probably more
important than you may have realized. I do thank you very much for your
|From China 2013.5.6
|From USA 2013.5.3
We are the Americans you took on a tour (Sunday March 30) of Horyuji Center.I
just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your company and how educational
the tour was. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.And we thank you for
the wood letter opener. We use it a lot.With appreciation,
|From Germany 2013.4.17
|Thank you so much for showing us around horyu-ji the other day. We
learned a lot and appreciated your time and knowledge. Here is the picture we
took together outside the hall of dreams.
|From China and Belgium 2013.4.8
You gave me and my friend a tour of Horyuji last Monday. Thank you so much
for your kindness. We have learnt a lot from you and hope you had fun talking
with us.Please find attached the photo we took last time. Let's keep in
touch in the future.
|From USA 2013.4.4
Thank you very much again for your wonderful tour yesterday. It truly
was a pleasure to visit the grounds and appreciate the treasures of Horyuji
while listening to your detailed historic and artistic analysis.
I may have mentioned it yesterday but your presentation reminded me of
my college Art History courses. Thank you once again for bringing
those memories back to me.
|From Beijing, China 2013.3.24
Thanks a lot for your guide yesterday, it was very informative and i
learnt a lot from the trip. Your guide is much better than most professional
guide i've tried. You've combined general background, comparison between
china/japan/india and how Japanese people think about the temple, that made me
remember and understand the details better. Also your language skill of both
english and chinese is very helpful, so we can easily communicate even when i'm
not familiar with some terminology. Last but not least, a friendly
and enthusiastic guide is always always better than cold and commercial guide,
not just financially but also emotionally. I will definitely recommend SGG,
especially Ikaruga SGG to my friends if they are going to
Thanks again for your help.
|From South Sudan 2013.3.13
Thank you very much for the service you offered us yesterday. I enjoyed
your lectures while guiding us at Horyuji Temple yesterday.It was my first
time to visit a temple in Japan and get explanation in English.
I also love the rich culture of the Japanese people. I enjoyed so many
things yesterday and while at Nara University of educationThe experience I have got will be of importance to me and many other people
in my country.Once again, thanks so much.
|From Sweden 2013.2.19
How are you? I sometimes talked with my wife about you. I remember so much when you showed me Nara and the temples Todai-ji, Nigatsu. Do you remember Hokiji? I liked this small temple - not so touristic and therefore a small oasis of silence.... Then you showed me impressive Horyuji - we did not have enough time anymore! These are memories which I will never forget! Arrigato gozaimasu!
|From China 2013.1.28
Thanks for you rexplanation of Horyuji Temple in Nara, let us travel to add a pleasant, you renthusiasm and patience, so we are verygrateful.Sorry so lateto contact you, but still our gratitude. I wish you good
health, happy every day!
|From France 2013.1.19
Maybe you remember us, we visited Horyuji temple with you in
We would like to thank you again, it was wonderfull, and if you come to
France we would be very happy to make you visit Versailles and the castle!
A photo attached to remember our visit.
Happy new year, and if our friends come to Japon we will recommand to come
|From France 2013.1.6
|Back home in France now,
we would like to thank you again for your warm welcome and very interesting visit of Horyuji on
Friday 28th. In case you come to visit our country and our beautiful region
of "Chateaux de la Loire", let us know ! It will be a pleasure
to see you again. All the best to you and your families for year 2013.
|From France 2013.1.1
We wish you and your family an Happy new year for 2013, and above all we
wish you to keep your health as good as possible!
We were recently in Paris and had the chance to visit with pleasure an
exhibition of Katsushika Hokusai (I try to speak in japanese...) : かつしか ほくさい の うきよえ.
Some pictures you know very well, which are part of the series: ふがくさんじゅうろっけい;
such as: さんか はくう, こうしゅう かじかざわ, かながわおき なみうら.
|From USA 2012.11.26
My friends and I took a day off from our larger tour group in order to
visit Horyuji and Nara, two places that were not on our larger tour group's
itinerary. When we arrived at Horyuji, Good-Will Guide M. S greeted
us and offered to be our English-speaking guide, and that she and her colleagues
would welcome us, show us around, and tell us all about Horyuji --- all
for Free! We were incredibly surprised at such a generous offer.
We decided that, Yes!, we definitely would appreciate such a guide and
Mariko-san showed us all the major sites, explaining what we were seeing,
and she created a custom-tour, based on our interests, that fit our schedule.
She was most informative and gracious. She made Horyuji "come
alive" for us and made it a far more interesting tour than if we had
wandered around by ourselves, trying to read what was in our guide book
Thank you for your wonderful service, a special thank you to M. S, and
thank you for making our trip so enjoyable
|From Israel 2012.10.15
|It was a real pleasure having you as my guide at the Horyuji temple.My
tour got a hole new meaning thanks to your guidance. I feel very lucky
meeting such a wise and kind man like you.
| From USA 2012.8.8
|Thank you for a wonderful
tour! Attached are some photos from our tour by Mr. M.O of the oldest wood building
in the world. Thanks again for the wonderful tour!
|From Belgium 2012.7.31
| I would like to express my gratitude for the kindness and professionalism
of Hiroko and Kosuge.During our visit at the temple, Hiroko has been a
delight with all her information and cultural facts. It was a splendid
morning for Sarah and I to learn from Hiroko.Thank you so much and best
in your future.Also a big thank you to Kosuge for his help and support
during my visit to the Ikaruga elementary school. At all time he was looking
after me and made the communication between students and I an easy connection.
Thanks for your patience and time to make our stay in Ikaruga a special
|From USA 2012.7.5
|I am sorry it has taken several weeks for me to write this email, but I
would like to thank you for arranging for to Ms. I. for guide us on our
visit to Horyuji Temple, and to extend our thanks to Ms. I. She was
a very gracious and informative guide, and we truly enjoyed our time with
her and our visit to Horyuji. It was very helpful for us to have the opportunity
to understand the history and the significance of the beautiful things
we saw at the temple. Please offer our sincere thanks to Ms. I- she
helped to make our trip a very memorable experience.
|From France 2012.7.1
|Thanks again for this very interesting ( but too short , our fault... ) visit.
|From USA 2012.6.20
Several weeks ago you gave us a wonderful tour in Nara. [I just found you
business card today - I knew I'd eventually find it and be able
to write you.] You had come highly recommended by my husband's sister
and the rest of the family connected with you a little while later. Thanks
so much. Your general knowledge made subsequent visits to temples more
informed.Should you ever come to the USA, please look us up.
|From Slovenia 2012.5.27
|I would like to thank you for a wonderful tour of Horyuji Temple you provided.
You were very kind and patient and both your knowledge about the history
and English was above excellent. You answered all my questions and even
helped me to the bus to return to Nara. I am very grateful for your kindness
and would like to thank you for all your efforts.
I tried accessing your website (from the card) to thank you for everything
you have done for me, I would be glad to recommend your tour to everyone
and thank you on the website as well.
In the meantime, wish you all the best and thank you again.
|From USA 2012.5.8
I want to thank you again for the wonderful
tour of Horyu-ji you gave me, my husband, brother and sister-in-law a few weeks
ago. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. Please contact me if
you ever have a chance to visit Boston. I would love to provide you a tour in
return, although it would be very poor in comparison to the tour you gave
|From Canada 2012.5.5
|Thank you for explaining everything in English for me and teaching me new
Japanese words like 涅槃. It makes me want to come back and live in
Japan once again.
|From China 2012.4.29
|We appreciate it for your kind guidance for us. You helped us to get a well
knowedge of Horyu-ji and left happy memories to us. We enjoyed it
very much. Thanks again. Here is the photos that day. Please check.
|From TheNetherlands 2012.4.15
We have now arrived safely home and should like to thank you once more
for the fantastic guided tour you gave us last Thursday at the Horyuji
temple. You were not only a very knowledgeable guide, but also a very pleasant
and humoristic guide to us. Your guide tour was certainly one of the highlights
of our two week trip to Japan and to which we have the very best reminiscences.
Please find attached some photos taken last Thursday
as a token of our appreciation. Maybe you can even use them in your splendid organisation
of volunteers giving such wonderful guided tours. We can only congratulate the
Horyuji i-center with such a greta and efficient organisation. You must know
that after your tour we were approached a couple of times by very enthusiastic
colleagues of yours to have another tour and it was disappointing to them when
we explained that we just had had a great tour of more than two hours.
If I know of people going to Japan and Nara I will certainly recommend
your organisation and yourself as the very best way to learn almost everything
of temples in general and of the Horyuji temple in particular.
|From Singapore 2012.4.10
I have ended my trip in Japan, and I am back to Singapore now. I really
enjoyed the visit to Horyuji Temple with Mr. M and his friend, although
it was raining that day. Their warm hospitality is greatly appreciated!
|From France 2012.4.9
|I wanted to say again thank you thank you very much
(domo arigato gozaimass) for what you have done by showing me this marvelous
treasure of Horyuji Shrine and for your kindness and your knowledge about
I really appreciated it
and I will talk about your organization with all the friends who love Japan; you
remember I made a picture of you and the Corean guy; unfortunately I made a bad
the picture but I send it to you and the one you did of me.
| From Brazil 2012.3.11
|I am sending to you a pdf of a beginning of a lecture, you have helped me a
lot, thank you very much!
|From England 2012.3.9
|I'd just like to say thank you for guiding us on Wednesday around Horyuji..
It was very informative and most helpful.
Afterwards we went to Hokkoji which was a little disappointing but perhaps
we needed your expert guidance to understand what we were seeing..I shall
certainly mention the Goodwill Guide service in the article I'm writing.
I appreciated your time and expertise,
|From USA 2012.3.5
|Hi! I am 11years old. Last month I went to Japan with my dad.・・・・・The very
nice tour guide showed us around at Horyuji temple. She spoke both English
and Japanese and told us a lot of interesting history about the temple
, the 1000 year old columns and ancient gods. We also took a tour to Nara
Park and saw tame deer and temple with a big Buddha inside it. I'm thankful
that we used the association because the trip went very well.
From dad : Thank you for such a great tour. ･･･This is my second trip to
Nara. .I would recommend your tourist office to any person who doesn't
speak any Japanese and would like to visit Japan for the first time. Great
tour!!! Thank you again,.
| From USA 2012.2.3
We left for the US and reached home without any problems en route on Jan.
27. It was very nice to get to meet you and learn a bit about Nara's
Huryuji temple . It was made a lot easier due to your excellent English
language skill and vast knowledge on the temple. Because of you
I enjoyed and appreciated the temple a lot more. I communicated this
to Prof. K. also. I really admire your interest in learning and propagating
Japanese history. I think it's an excellent way to relax in a fruitful
way after all the hard working years to make a living for yourself and
your family. I will remember this trip to Nara whenever I think of
| From Taiwan 2012.1.30
We returned back to Taiwan yesterday in the evening. It was such a nice
experience that we had your introduction on Horyuji history and Buddhism spreading
into Japan during Tang dynasty. The Buddhism culture property stored in
Horyuji was so plentiful that we were fascinated by those ancient
things. Your great help made our 9-day Kansai tour
glorious. We would like to convey our sincere gratitude to you, a respectable
volunteer of Horyuji. Thank you so much, our Japanese friend. Please
feel free to get contact with me when you come Taiwan. I would most like
to provide helps on Taiwanese local information in case you need.
|From USA 2012.1.18
I want to write this message to thank you
very much for the wonderful personal tour of Horyu-Ji temple you provided for us
this past July. It was truly one of the highlights of our trip to Japan, made so
much better by all of the information you provided. You are truly a master at
providing a wonderful experience for people you guide through this incredible
temple. Thank you VERY much for what you did for
As a result of our great time traveling in
Japan, we will surely return to your country for a visit in the future. Maybe we
will run into you again if we return to Horyu-Ji!
|From USA 2012.1.17
|We would like to express our appreciation for your kind offer to provide
an English-language tour of Horyuji.
Your tour provided us with fascinating information about the history of
the temple as well as Buddhism in Japan. Thanks to your tour, we not only
appreciated the beauty of the temple buildings and the items they contain
but also gained a deep appreciation of their spiritual and historical significance.
Again, thank you, for expanding our appreciation of a world heritage site.
We had never met such an excellent English guide!
|From France 2012.1.8
|For this new year we hope that the Japonese
people who suffered from the tsunami last march will quickly recover confidence
in future and that everyone will recover a home and some work!
We wish that Japan will be able to bring under
control the fukushima daiichi nuclear power station, and to fight successfully
against radioactive pollution.
|From Finland 2011.10.26
Thank you very much for the attention you gave us during our visit
to Horyuji. Your guidance brought us to appreciate even more the vast Japanese history and
You’ve also opened our eyes to see beautiful things that we wouldn’t have noticed, like the color of the beetle on that shrine. We will certainly keep you and Horyuji
the nice memories we cherish about Japan.
|From USA 2011.10.24
|I"m writing to say "thank you"to a nice woman who was working
in the Tourist Informtion Office in the Horyuji Station on May 13,2011.
Her English skill was "Great"! ...... I asked you if there is
bus that goes to Yakushiji from the Horyuji Station . You said that a good
way to get there would be to take the JR train a short distance, get off
that train and walk to the other train ,then take that to Yakushiji. .........
I didn't get lost - thanks to your good advice. ..... In June I returned
to my hometown near San Francisco.I already miss Japan and I'm hoping I
can get back ...... I like Nara-ken a lot..
|From ISRAEL 2011.10.11
|We just wanted to say thank you very much for the lovely tour. Ms.H is
very nice and an excelent guide and we learnt a lot from the tour Thank's
again for everything.
|From USA 2011.9.16
|Just a quick note of thanks for the time and knowledge you shared with me.
Your efforts made my visit to Horyuji the most enjoyable and informative day of
my trip. I'm in San Francisco now but leaving for my winter home in Mexico in a
couple of weeks.
|From Canada 2011.7.19
|I would just like to say that your tour over the Horyuji temple was fantastic!
Thank you so much! My kids and I learned so much with you. We were extremely
lucky that you were there to stop us before we went into the temple. You were by
far the best tour guide we had. People like you make visits to Japan so much
|From Canada 2011.4.14
You made our visit to Horyuji temple very special. We were very lucky that
you were there to give us such good explanations. Your explanations actually
helped us for the rest of our trip. I hope that you are doing well and often
think of the afternoon that Philippe and I spent with you. Your kindness to
drive us to the train station was very touching. I want to thank you again and
say how much we appreciated the time you spent with us.
I have attached a few pictures of you with us as I would like to
share the good memories with you. Thank you again
|From Ｔａｉｗａｎ 2011.3.30 In connection with Great earthquake
|From Italy 2011.3.19 In connection with Great earthquake
We wish to tell you our deep sorrow for the
terrible suffering of the Japanese People.
Last year, when we came to Japan for the first time, we had the opportunity
to know your marvelous Country and its extraordinary People.And we simply
love both the country and the people.Now, as everybody in the world, we
hope – and are sure – that the outstanding courage and moral strength of
the Japanese People will help it once more to overcome this disaster.
With all our sympathy to you, your family,
relatives, friends and all the Japanese People.
|From Greece 2011.3.17 In connection with Great earthquake
|I was about to inform you today that the trip was cancelled yesterday. In view
of the tremendous problems the Great East Earthquake brought to your country and
the continuing uncertainty for a successful control of the nuclear plants in
Fukushima, none of the group members wanted to travel to Japan any more. We are
not going therefore to make use of your kind services this time but do hope to
do so in the not too distant future. Till then we want to sincerely thank you
for your promptness to be of assistance to us and to assure you that we admire
and love your country and its people. We have no doudt that Japan will manage to
recover from this tragic disaster very soon.
|From USA 2011.3.13 In connection with Great earthquake
|From Spain 2011.3.13 In connection with Great earthquake
|we have watchen in TV what have happened in Japan. We are worried about
you and your family. We hope you be fine, however the earthwake.
|From USA 2011.3.12 In connection with Great earthquake
My husband and I
are shocked to see the level of destruction that yesterdays earthquake has
wrought on Japan. We hope that you and your family have been spared injury and
loss in this tragic event.
We pray for your
safety and for the well-being of all Japanese
|From France 2011.3.12 In connection with Great earthquake
|Of course our mind went to you and your compatriots, when listenig to the news from Japan yesturday. We hope that yourself and your close family have not been physically concerned par the earthquake. We hope that disaster will now stop, and that people will quickly recover quietness.
|From France 2011.3.6
|I have visited Nara at 2 Feb, with my sister. We enjoy very much our visits
with you： Your knowledge about monuments and history of japan, and your
kindness. We would like to thank you.
|From US 2010.11.27
|Just wanted to tell you that we had a wonderfull time during our visit
to Horyuji Of course that was because we had ichiban guide Hiroko-san made
the tour so interesting due to her knowledge and details of the many things
we saw I even felt I was walking during the actual time the buildings were
constructed Her warmth and personality made everything more special You
should be very proud to have her on your staff Once again DOUMO ARIGATO
GOZAIMASHITA Hopefully we will meet some day....maybe in NY
|From Italy 2010.11.8
We would like to tell you how delighted we were to be able to visit Horyuji
and Nara with Ms H. She is so knowledgeable, so kind so exquisitely dynamic!
Ms Hattori really made our day a perfect day.
Thank you again and, again, all our congratulations for giving
visitors such excellent opportunities.
|From Hong Kong 2010.10.5
|I and my wife have memory when travelling Japan about a week ago. Sachiko
has guided us the visit to Horyuji temple. We were very impressed and her
hospitality was very thankful.
|From Canada 2010.9.19
|Thank you for taking the time to give us a guided tour of Horyuji on 2 Sep 2010. My wife and I really appreciated your insights into the origins of the temple, its history, and relevance to Buddhism in Japan. I have attached one of our best pictures of that visit so you can share in our memories.
If you ever come to Vancouver again, please drop us a note so we can meet again.
|From Canada 2010.7.２８
|We are deep into our busiest tourism season now and many Anne fans from Japan
are arriving. If you ever happen to come to our Island we'd love to host you
(Lodging and guide service). Do not hesitate to consider this. We feel deeply
appreciative of all our Japan volunteer guides and would love to do the same for
someone else coming to our region.
|From USA 2010.7.８
It was a pleasure meeting you
Joannie and I felt that your guiding us was
the height of our trip.
I’m attaching a copy of our photo and a shot from the Katsura Imperial
|From UK 2010.7.6
I would just like to say thanks very much for organising Ms H to be our guide when we visited Nara 9th June. We had the most wonderful day with Ms H and she was a very organised, knowledgeable and fabulous guide. We would
really like to say thanks to Ms H for making the children's toys and being so helpful to us,
could you please let Ms H know how grateful we are?
Kindest regards and many thanks,
|From Canada & USA 2010.7.4
|We are glad having you as our guide today at Horyuji, and we really
appreciate our time with you, which made our trip so wonderful,
and let us know more about Japan's history. We, interns from
U.S. and Canada , want to say thank you so much again for your help. Attached
please find our group photos with you, as well as our best
wishes to you, to your family, for every happy day.
|I am writing this letter to thank you for your kind guide today. Your amazing
explanation not only helped us understand the remarkable achievement of Horyu-ji
Temple, but also brought us the great interest to learn Japanese history and
Buddhism. Above all, this is the best trip I had ever had in Japan. Again, thank
you very much for your effort and time.
|From France 2010.5.31
|Konnichi wa; o genki desu ka?
These two photographies, in memory of very pleasant moments passed together
(sorry, but for the moment I am not so sure of my japonese speaking, and
prefer to speak in english).with kindly regards.
|From USA 2010.5.11
Since our return from Japan several weeks
ago we have been overwhelmed with pressing tasks that have severely distracted
us. We have been particularly delinquent in sending this note of gratitude to
We enjoyed our entire visit to Japan,
however, the highlight of our trip was the splendid tour you provided of
Horyu-ji Temple compound on March 25th, 2010.
You may recall that it was particularly unpleasant day, cold and wet. But
you enthusiastically conducted my husband and I through the entire temple
complex. We want to thank you again for your generous effort. Japan
is a beautiful country and your personal hospitality enhanced our visit
|From USA 2010.4.14
|My husband and I wanted to thank you both for your tour of Nara.
We really appreciate that you both found time to spend the day with us,
and give us so much wonderful background and insight into the sites we
were visiting. It certainly made the visits so much more meaningful
that they would have been otherwise. We especially enjoyed our conversations
with the two of you on many aspects of Japanese life, besides those that
related to the specific places we were visiting.
Most of all, we appreciate your kindness. Our time with you
made our trip that much more wonderful.
|From France 2010.4.2
|I hope that you are doing fine and that you keep enjoying walking through
the beautiful temples in your area.As promised, please find attached the
two pictures we took with you ! I hope it remembers you good memories just
like it does for us.
We thank you so much for all the things you teached us during
the visit. You made it so interesting !
|From US & Germany 2010.3.19
|We wanted to send you our warm greetings, and to thank you for your excellent
guidance at Horyu-ji. You provided us with information and a context that we
certainly did not have before.
As I know you are interested in the
precise meaning of the English terms, one small point: often, in distinguishing
between Buddhism and Shintoism, you used the word "polygamy" to describe the
Shinto belief in multiple deities. Polygamy refers to the ability to take
multiple wives; with respect, I believe that the word you meant to use was
"polytheism"--the belief in multiple deities.
It was a pleasure to have
met you, and I hope our paths cross again.
|From France 2010.1.11
|We had chance to have you as guide last september and at the beginning of the new Year ,we send you our best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2010 for you, your family and your friends.We kept a nice souvenir about our trip in JAPAN and still thank you for your help.
|From Sweden 2010.1.9
|I was the Swedish women that you so kindly guided before New Year's Eve.
My Japanese fiance was together with me. For me it was the first time to
see this wonderful sight, and your experienced guiding made it so much
better. I'm very grateful for this, thank you ever so much ! It's the
kindness of you and other people that make the world a nicer place.
|From Spain 2010.1.4
|We wanted to thank you very much for the very good Horyuji tour you have
given us. Thanks to your tour, Horyuji is the place in Japan we have learned
most about. Tomorrow is our last day and we have to return to Spain.We
liked Japan very much . Beautiful landscapes, very friendly people, good,very
good food. We hope you recieve this letter with the Spanish sweets we sent.
Many,many greetings from us, and again thank you for the excellent tour!
|From Participants of International Institute under the auspices of the
Osaka City University （52- Foreigner and 26-Japanese)
|With your kind help, We had a very pleasant trip. Moreover, we had known
much about the history of Japan. We would like to thank you very much.
衷心感謝 From China
|I was very much impressed with voluntary guide for a small group. We can
hear the precise explanation of the historic side of the temple. Especially,
the guide were very kind and was willing to answer the questions. It was
very nice!! From Korea
|The lady, who was our guide at Horyuji , has been excellent. She was very
well prepared, she had two folders with photographs of the treasures, diagrams
and other useful materials. The photographs were very often useful because
the original treasures were in dark. Our guide answered very well questions
from the group. She was very knowledgeable , very enthusiastic about her
job, even it was her voluntary job.
I strongly recommend her for other tours, and, I think, it was very hard
to find a better guide than her. I would like to thank her very much for
her excelent guide she provided to us. From USA
|We were impressed by your enthusiasm yesterday. Our tour was not only interesting,
it was also very nice to have such a personal approach ( in small groups).
Considering the fact that you are doing this voluntary, we would like to
express a sincere. DOMO ARIGATO GOZAIMASU From Belgium
|I am cordially thankful to the organizers and to guides for this EXCELLENT
excursion to one of the most famous and most important place in the history
of Japan. From Israel