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Kate Kinoshita

Tour Leader

Kate, born to a British mother and Japanese father, spent her childhood years in Kobe and Tokyo. As a teenager she returned to the UK where she continued her education at a boarding school before winning a place in Chinese Studies at Hertford College, Oxford University.

In 2013 upon graduating, Kate moved to Taiwan for two years where she continued studying Mandarin Chinese, supporting herself by teaching English and yoga. She also found work as a trilingual interpreter supporting the cast on a film being made locally. Many Japanese were also involved in the production and they inspired her to return to Japan.

Initially, Kate spent time working on farms in the countryside of Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures. Here she came to appreciate the Japanese attitude towards nature; their intimate connection with the mountains and water, reflected in the indigenous Shinto religion and in the Zen attitude towards appreciation of beauty in transience.

Kate is a regular practitioner and teacher of yoga. Currently, she is resident in Taiwan where she is studying Tai Chi Tao Yin, a movement practice based on Taoist principles. In her free time she also enjoys long bike rides and delving into the techno music scene .

Kate joined Walk Japan in 2016. After working at the company's Tokyo office as a member of the Customer Service team she is now a Tour Leader.