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i will help you

My name is Kumi.

I would like to help you with your trip to Japan.

Ask me anything you may want to know before&during your trip to Japan,

and maybe after the trip, too.

  • Kumi

Tokyo Olympics, 2020

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

Japan will be hosting the Olympic Games from the 24th of July till the 9th of August, 2020. We are expecting to have many people visiting our country for the event. Anybody going should know that it will be super hot and humid in the summer in Japan. In fact, the marathon and long-distance walking events at next year's Olympics have been moved from Tokyo to Sapporo city, Hokkaido, to avoid the heat and humidity. This is because Sapporo is expected to have lower temperatures (cross fingers). Game organizers had to come up with a number of measures to protect athletes from the heat, like scheduling long-distance track events in the evening, making sure that all rugby games finish before the noon, and delaying the start of the mountain bike event. Anyone going to Japan for the event should be prepared to sweat everyday!

Every Japanese kid does this in the summer.

Did you know that tourism has become one of the few promising businesses in Japan? Foreign visitors to Japan apparently doubled in the last decade, led by an increase of Asian visitors. In 2018, about 31 million international tourists visited Japan. We already have so many people on the small island, but the population is decreasing. I see more people from different countries working in Tokyo too. Talking and writing about it makes me miss Tokyo a bit.

Shiba Inu in Tokyo

Visit "Shitamachi" (Old Tokyo) in Tokyo too. It is very different than the new Tokyo. You may meet the Shiba Inu like this :)


Finally, if you ever need any help before&during your Japan trip, drop me a line.

Simple questions, drop them in a comment section.

For more in depth support, I can help you on "fiverr" and "Oyrra"; anything you like, including translation and interpretation.

- For help and written translations, I offer my service on the "fiverr" platform at a reasonable price. It is free to visit, so please have a look, and if you like it contact me on "fiverr".


- For online interpretation (for me to actually translate Japanese-English on a smartphone), I use the "Oyraa" platform.

If you need to communicate with people in Japan, and if no one around you is able to help out with the language, I may be able to help!

If you have a smartphone in an environment with WiFi connection, you can hire me as your interpreter from Japan or elsewhere; so for that, the link to my "Oyraa" profile is below.


Thank you for reading!




I am Japanese and have been working as a freelance interpreter and translator since 2006. I used to work for corporations in Japan, but now I mostly work for yoga studios to interpret their yoga and Pilates training. I myself teach yoga and run yoga teacher training. I like inviting yoga teachers and friends to Japan from overseas, working together with them, taking them sightseeing. I was once an Airbnb super-host. I had many people stay at my place from different countries. Currently, I live in Canada. I organize tours in Vancouver for visitors from Japan. I hope to help people visiting my country still, although I am not living in Japan at the moment; so.... I developed this website! I use the "fiverr" and "Oyraa" platforms for my business. There are links to both platforms in each blog on this website. Just simply click the link and you will be taken to the page which describes the service I am offering.
I also have a website in Japanese. If you are interested, please visit バンクーバーに行こう   https://www.vancouvertrip.online/

Thanks for your visiting Before&During Japan. For more information, feel free to send me an email and I will get back to you soon!

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