Opinion: Mikawa - Vanguard of Japanese Tourists
A big group from the Mikawa Lions Club of Japan is expected to visit Bacolod in April, to see for themselves the hot spring handiwork of Koichi Yamaguchi San inMambukal Resort. They could very well be the vanguard of an expected influx of Japanese tourists drawn into Negros Occidental by the P6.5 million hot spring resort crafted by Yamaguchi, one of Japan’s biggest landscapers company.
Yamaguchi was commissioned by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and the provincial government to handle the crafting of the delicate hot spring project which only the most discriminating landscapers can.
Yamaguchi informed members of the Bacolod Capitol Lions Club that Mikawa Lions have decided to come in droves to the inauguration of the Mambukal hot spring facility in April. Actually, Yamaguchi said, the facility may be opened to the public later in June. By that time, it shall have gained the interest of most of Japan’s hot springs habitues. Incidentally, that is the culture of Japan where a dip into the sulfuric hot waters of its many volcanic areas has become a sort of a ritual.
And Yamaguchi, considered one of Japan’s most famous landscapers, was the one who handled the project for the provincial government.
Incidentally, Yamaguchi was also the one who handled the construction of the Filipino-Japan Garden at the Bacolod Plaza which has become the favorite destination of many visitors to the city. It has also become a photographic landmark for most tourists.
He also handled the construction of the Japanese shrine at the Rosario Heights Subdivision in Taculing.
Yamaguchi Landscaper firm is considered one of Japan’s leading landscaping companies.
Buy Yamaguchi has also a different prestige. Yearly, he as Mikawa’s famed Japanese rice farmers, is ushered into the Imperial Household to present his premium rice harvest to the Japanese emperor. A rare privilege.
His fame and prestige behind the new hot spring and sulfur facility of Mambukal, Yamaguchi’s handiwork is expected to arouse interest among Japanese visitors who normally make a beeline to hot springs when they visit foreign countries. And they are expected to flock to Negros post the April trek here of Mikawa Lions Club members.
Yamaguchi, incidentally, is a long-time member of the Japanese-based club. It is the twin club of Bacolod Capitol, formerly headed by charter President Rolly Espina. Now, the president is Marlen Mills, a lady Lions president.
Early on during the Seventies and the early Eighties, Mikawa Lions Club members had visited Bacolod yearly to renew their sisterhood relationship with the Bacolod Capitol.
Later, however, these visits had been reduced to five years because of the peculiarity of Mikawa’s change of officer and the celebration of their chartering.
Yamaguchi was tendered a dinner by Bacolod Capitol officers and members recently at the Hoishi Restaurant, a stone’s throw from the Robin-son Mall. It was there where he explained that the facility will be patterned after a waterfall with the sulfuric water cascading down on the bath through a giant boulder.
That is something that will appeal to Japanese visitors and make the Yamaguchi
hot springs handiwork a delight for Japanese visitors.*