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Hello! Thank you for visiting my web-site. Let me introduce myself.

My name is Lilia Filchagina. I live in Nagato city, Japan and work as a Local Vitalization Cooperator to develop International exchanges and promote tourism in Nagato city.

I am from Sochi, Russia. I have been interested in Japanese culture since I was a child. When I was 12 years old, I have red a book called “Sakura” about Japanese culture and started to study Japanese language with a private teacher in Sochi . I was studying Japanese for about 5 years. Before coming to Japan, I worked as an English and Japanese teacher in Sochi language School and was an interpreter during 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. In 2017, I was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take a part in Japanese – Russian youth exchange program and visited Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan for the first time. In 2018, I have got opportunity to study at Yamaguchi Prefectural University for half a year.

I have been working in English Conversation School in Yamaguchi City since June 2019, but in October 2019, I moved to Nagato City to develop International Exchanges. Also, I promote tourism in Yamaguchi Prefecture and work as a Local Vitalization Cooperator in Nagato Tourism Convention Association.
While promoting cultural, educational and sports youth exchange programs, my goal is to make Nagato city widely known not only in Japan, but also in Russia. Therefore, we hope to contribute to the development of tourism in Yamaguchi Prefecture by promoting Nagato through cooperation with overseas travel agencies.


Motonosumi Shrine

Motonosumi Shrine was selected by CNN Travel as one of the “31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan.” The shrine’s remarkable location makes for a striking contrast between the red of its gates and the cobalt blue of the waves below.
This shrine was built to honor a white fox spirit, to whom visitors prayed for financial success, success in fishing, and safety on the seas. Nowadays, a wide variety of wishes are fielded by the fox god, including good fortune & wealth, childbearing, marriage, traffic safety, success in school.

Constructed over a period of ten years beginning in 1987, a tunnel of 123 torii gates wind down the bluff face towards the Sea of Japan.

In June 2016, TripAdvisor released a list of its user’s “Top 30 Shrines & Temples I’m Glad to Have Visited.” Motonosumi Inari shrine appeared at number 11 on this list of shrines and temples from around Japan.

“The Dragon’s Spout”

Just beside Motonosumi Shrine, when the wind blows from the west, and the seas are choppy, the waves rise up, and a burst of sea spray blows upwards as high as 30 meters. When seen from far away, this burst looks almost as though Ryugu, a dragon god under the sea were climbing up out of the sea towards the sky, giving this spot its name, “The Dragon’s Spout.” Seen most frequently in the winter, the falling droplets from the sea spray reflect the sunlight and scatter like silver sand. If your timing is right, you’ll be able to take some amazing photos here!

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