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Guide Profile - Yukiko SHIRAIWA



English Interpreter-Guide

Guiding Area: Tokyo


Born and raised in Japan. After graduating from a university in Kyoto, worked at a company as an accountant. From 1994 to 2006, worked as an English teacher of a private English agency. From 2006 to 2014, worked at the reception of an accommodation for foreign researchers at Tokyo University . Acquired the national license of interpreter-guide in English in 2014.

Specialties and Hobbies

  • Cooking (traditional Japanese dishes including sushi)
  • Enthusiast in traveling both domestic and overseas.
  • Like listening to the music and playing musical instruments (ocarina, piano, guitar, percussion), gardening
  • Want to start playing a steel drum (but not yet)


I was born and raised in a little village in Mie prefecture (near Nara and Kyoto) and lived in several places in Japan. Four years in Kyoto, two years in Okayama prefecture (next to Hiroshima), and several decades in surrounding prefectures of Tokyo. I love both modern and traditional aspects of Japan. It’s true that Tokyo is a big modern city and always changing, but it is also the city where you can find a lot of things taken over for centuries. Please come to Japan and join me!! I’m sure you can enjoy seeing the contrast between modern and traditional things in Tokyo !!