About your guide

My name is Kazui Yabe, and I am a female National  Government licensed guide-interpreter and a
  volunteer Japanese language teacher. I have seen Japanese traditional stage arts
  such as Kabuki, Bunraku puppet play and Noh, over 1,000 times.

●My National Guide Certificate registration number is EN0245 by Governor of Tokyo Metropolis.
●I live very close to the Kabuki-za theatre, Shinbashi Enbujyo Theatre and Tsukiji,
  so I love the traditional neighborhood there, and know a lot of about it.

  The following is a sample of my weekend life:
    -Shopping for fresh whole fish at the Tsukiji wholesale fish market in the morning
    -Lunch at a casual restaurant or sushi-bar a
t the Tsukiji inside or outside markets
    -Cooking fish for dinner
    -Walking to Kabuki-za t
heatre, Ginza shopping area etc.


●Seeing Kabuki, Opera and other stage arts                            

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●Hiking (the picture above shows me in Norway) 
●Finding and enjoying delicious food, from street stalls to the Michelin starred restaurants all over
  the world

Q1. Why did I start this tour?

Kabuki is very a very fascinating performing arts. I have enjoyed Kabuki for many years! I love all performing arts such as opera and musicals. I wish to share my many experiences and knowledge; to show guests a part of the Japan I love as a Japanese person.

Q2. When did you start this tour?

March 2010, just before the old Kabuki-za theatre was demolished.

Q3. What is the National Government Licensed guide-interpreter?

According to the Japan Tourism Agency, the National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter is “an individual who escorts foreigners and gives them guiding services concerning travel with the use of a foreign language”. It is a national qualification that is a challenging certification to obtain. One needs to have a very good understanding of Japanese history, culture, geography, current affairs, and be able to explain all of it in a foreign language. According to the Japan National Tourist Organization, 7,651 people took the exam in 2017 but only 753 passed. Until the beginning of 2018, the qualification was a legal requirement for individuals who wanted to provide guided tours. In order to respond to the increasing demand for a variety of travel services in Japan, the Japanese government waived this legal requirement, thereby increasing the pool of people who could work as guides. However, the national qualification still exists and now acts as a seal of quality.