Friday, March 8, 2013

The Prefectural Government Hospitality Division

  On May 11th (Saturday), the movie “Kencho Omotenashi-ka (The Prefectural Government Hospitality Division)” will be released! It is based on the actual Hospitality Division in the Kochi Prefectural Government, and features many of the prefecture’s sightseeing spots, such as the Niyodo River and Cape Muroto.
   Everyone is eagerly awaiting this movie, which was made thanks to the cooperation of all of Kochi Prefecture! With that in mind, we would like to take some time to talk about the work of both the real and fictional Hospitality Division.

About the author of “Kencho Omotenashi-ka”
   Hiro Arikawa was born in Kochi, and also works as a tourism ambassador for the Prefectural Government. Her book has enjoyed immense popularity, winning first place in both the overall and romance novel categories in the Da Vinci Magazine’s “Book of the Year 2011,” as well as an award in the novel category in the Third Annual Booklog Award. Arikawa has said that the royalties from her book will be donated in whole to the areas affected by the Tohoku Earthquake.
They also filmed at
Sunday Market and
Kochi Castle, where
many tourists visit.
Who’s in it?
   The role of the young employee of the Hospitality Division, Fumitaka Kakemizu, is being played by a member of the pop group Kanjani ∞, Ryo Nishikido, who has been working independently on movie roles for the past 3 years. Maki Horikita, who starred in the NHK serialized TV novel “Ume-chan Sensei,” is playing the heroine, Taki Myojin.
   After filming in Kochi was finished, Nishikido responded to reporters by saying that wherever he went people were supportive of the movie, and Horikita said that she hopes to let the whole country know about Kochi’s charm.
What’s it about?
   Kakemizu is a young employee working at the newly established Hospitality Division at the Kochi Prefectural Government, working to boost tourism within the prefecture. As part of a plan to promote tourism development, Kakemizu asks a popular author from Kochi to become a tourism ambassador, but he is met with discouraging words.
   While lost in between his duties and the public’s perception, Kakemizu fights on to revitalize the region along with the creative and flexible Taki.
Here are the locations!
   Agawa Skypark – Kakemizu tries paragliding here, and it becomes a key point where he truly realizes the beauty of Kochi’s unadulterated nature.
   Kochi Prefectural Government – There were scenes shot within the Hospitality Division, as well as on the roof, basement archives, 5th floor hallway, parking lot and main hall.
   Many other places were filmed that showcase Kochi’s abundant nature, including Niyodo River, Umaji Village, and Cape Muroto. The movie is full of scenes that capture Kochi’s charm, so even if you don’t understand Japanese it will be a treat!
When will it be shown?
   “Kencho Omotenashi-ka” will open on May 11th in Toho Cinemas around the country. For a more detailed schedule, please visit Toho Cinema’s Kochi webpage at:

1 comment:

  1. Tourists would be happy to stay at this inn and enjoy their lovely tour of the city. Great! cheap airport parking