Our Staff

The staff of Picchio who love the creatures of the forest.
Gently open the door of curiosity that invites people with skillful words to the forest.

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Masaya Kusube

General Manager

With an impressive resume from years working in the tourism industry, Ma ...

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Toshiyuki Otsuka

Unit Director, Karuizawa

Having worked at Picchio for 27 years, Toshiyuki is a walking encycloped ...

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Junpei Tanaka

Unit Director, Bear Team

As leader of the bear team, Junpei is a very busy man. He is always coor ...

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Makoto Yamazaki

Unit Director, Shiretoko

Indispensable in the establishment of our Shiretoko site, Makoto is now ...

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Junta Imura

Bear Team

One of the youngest members of Picchio, Junta is handler to bear dog Elf ...

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Gen Oshima

Bear Team

Having spent time in a variety of countries including Guatemala and the ...

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Ryota Seki

Bear Team

Previously a high school teacher, Ryota is now the student, learning eve ...

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Hiroo Tamatani

With over 25 years experience working with and studying bears, Hiroo rep ...

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Amelia Hiorns

Bear Team

Here to promote the activities of both the bear team and the guiding tea ...

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Sachiko Oguchi

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

With Picchio from the very beginning, Sachiko has been both guidng and h ...

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Miyuki Denda

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

Ever reliable, Miyuki is one of our most seasoned guides. She has an ama ...

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Moe Fujita

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

She originally studied performance arts abroad in England, but realised ...

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Yuichiro Konuma

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

A fun-loving guide, Yuichiro joined Picchio after originally working in ...

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Kohei Miyazaki

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

Orignally working in the environmental assessment industry, Kohei is pas ...

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Takayuki Mori

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

A qualified veterinarian, Takayuki monitors our conservation activities ...

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Mao Nagata

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

A very kind-hearted individual who takes good care of all the children w ...

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Akiko Oike

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

A master of kayaking/canoes, Akiko leads the lake kayaking tours every s ...

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Keiko Takahashi

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

Having worked in a nursery, Keiko possesses the very respectable ability ...

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Kazumi Ueda

Guiding Team, Karuizawa

Originally a nursery teacher, Kazumi loves immersing children in nature. ...

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Chiho Yanagihara

Having studied various species during her academic career, Chiho is part ...

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Yuki Ako

Shiretoko Team

Having always dreamed of becoming a nature guide, Yuki moved from the ho ...

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Tomo Furuichi

Shiretoko Team

After studying dolphins at university, Tomo is following her passion by ...

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Akinobu Takeshita

Shiretoko Team

Akinobu studied microorganisms at university, but he has a particular fo ...

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Reisuke Shimomura

Iriomote Team

An avid lover of all things photography and film, Reisuke provides a lot ...