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Guide Profile - Chie FUJII



English Interpreter-Guide

Guiding Area: Kyoto, Nara, Osaka


Born in Chiba near Tokyo and raised in Nagoya and São Paulo, Brazil. Received BA in American literature in 2003 and Area Studies (Spanish) in 2007 and MSc in Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation with Translation Technology from Imperial College London in 2011. Lived in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Brazil. 
Have worked as a translator (English/Japanese and Spanish/Japanese) for more than 10 years. Acquired the national license of interpreter-guide in Spanish in 2008 and in English in 2017.

Specialties and Hobbies

  • Origami... When I was a child I would make origami animals, dolls, flowers, etc., and with my son I've started to rediscover the joy of origami.
  • Learning languages... Each language has its beauty and opens up a new world to me.
  • Cooking... I love to try new recipes of other cultures.
  • Learning about the foreign influence on Japanese culture over time.


When I came to Kyoto to take the entrance exam to a university, the beauty of Kamogawa river struck me. It was February, and the Kitayama mountains on the north side of Kyoto city were covered with snow. I have been fascinated by Kyoto ever since. 

Kyoto has many faces. The cultural capital of Japan with innumerable beautiful temples and shrines. An academic city with more than 40 colleges and universities.  I'll show you a Kyoto I know and let's discover a new face of Kyoto together.