Experience traditional and contemporary Japan with the constant care and guidance of your Japanese speaking tour facilitatorIrasshaimase! I am Gillian Jones, and as director of Artsinspire Japan Tours, I delight in sharing my love of Japanese culture and making the arts, culture, history, and people of Japan accessible to others. After studying Japanese at Monash University, I lived and worked in Japan where I studied Aikido and Zen meditation. In Australia I was director of a private cross-cultural educational exchange organization for 18 years and taught Japanese Language and Business Culture at RMIT, and cross-cultural communication in organizations.
I embrace the Japanese Zen philosophy of “ichi-go ichi-e” “One time, one meeting” which emphasizes the unique opportunity presented by each interaction. Consequently there is always room in Artsinspire Japan Tours for consideration of each person’s interests and exploration of serendipitous opportunities. I strive to be a helpful, patient, understanding, transparent, and balanced tour facilitator.
Why choose a guided tour?
- From the moment of your first inquiry to the final day of your tour I will be available to answer your questions and smooth any potential problems.
- I understand that it is easy to occasionally feel a bit uncomfortable in a new and different culture and that it is necessary to explain information clearly and repeat it as many times as required.
- You will know exactly what is and what is not included in the cost. There will be no unexpected expenses.
- I understand both the Japanese and the Western context and know ‘where you are coming from’.