Experience at a very popular guest house
“Beautiful scenery is created by nature and humans”
(Higashi Miyoshi Town／Guest House Uribou)
Mr. Kinoshita has been an office worker for nearly 40 years. He has been managing a guest house for about six years. It has become so famous that nearly 500 people a year visited there for overnight stays, tours, and agricultural experiences.
A typical daily routine for Mr. Kinoshita seems to be very busy. For example, “In winter, I patrol wild boar traps, check mountain roads, work in the fields, and maintain farm equipment. I spend more time for farming because of longer daylight in summer. No time to take a rest when I welcome guests because I need to prepare for their dinner.”
But he seems somewhat happy. That's how I know he enjoys living here.
Mr.Kinoshita said, “The people who live here are really nice.” The people in Nishi Awa are all very proud of their entire community. They clean the roads and tidy up the mountains even though no one tells them to do so. That is probably the reason why such a beautiful view of the mountain village remains.
However, he has something on his mind for mountain villages.
Mr. Kinoshita who is also an expert hunter said, “Until about 20 years ago, there was not this much damage by birds and animals.”
Beautiful nature may seem unchanged, but it might be gradually changing. We would like to think about what we can do for that.
Guest House Uribou
Address: 29, Higashiyama-aza Uchino, Miyoshi-gun, Tokushima Prefecture