Here at Super Vegan Travel, we are lucky enough to have Yumiko Kijima-Tivers on our team to guide and help lead our tours. Yumiko has enjoyed a long career as a Blue Badge guide – the highest guilding qualification given by The Institute of Tourist Guilding in Britain.
Since Yumiko qualified as a Blue Badge guide in 1977, she has shared her love for Britain and British culture with Japanese people. In 2005, once her 2 children had grown, she gained her Drivers Guide qualification. This enabled her the freedom to better show her guests the ‘real’ England that she had fallen in love with and provide tours that suited each person/group. She focused on her favourite aspects of England – its unique culture, nature, animals and vegan living. In 2015 she founded Culture Tourism UK to focus more on British culture rather than just its standard tourist attractions.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience behind her, Yumiko has written 2 books about the English way of life and has appeared on both British (BBC’s The One Show) and Japanese (NHK) television. She has lectured all over Japan on many topics about Britain as well as coordinated and written for various media outlets including; Visit Britain, Katei-gaho, Sunday Mainichi, Tokyo newspaper, Bungeishunju, Skyward and Agora (both JAL in- flight magazines), the Kingdom of the wing (ANA in- flight magazine), Eclat, Virgin Atlantic Airline newsletter, etc.