Japanese father-daughter team returns home after 102nd visit.
NAIROBI, Sept. 24 Kyodo
A father and daughter wildlife photography team, which has recently exhibited in Japan its photography of Kenya's wildlife, completed their 102nd visit to the country since 1977.
Michio Hiraiwa, 67, who said he was inspired by Africa's natural beauty and its people after his first visit to Nairobi in 1972, has since worked toward preventing wildlife poaching poaching: see cooking. and recently founded a school for more than 100 Masai children at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak.
Hiraiwa and his 41-year-old daughter Masayo recently toured Kenya for a week with a group of Japanese tourists through ''The Hiraiwa Africa Tour,'' which has organized trips to Kenya and Tanzania for nearly 3,000 Japanese tourists.
''I was inspired by the natural scenery of Africa and its people,'' Hiraiwa said of his first visit to Nairobi.
''We want to make Japanese people The Japanese people (日本人 Nihonjin, Nipponjin understand Africa better and appreciate its wildlife,'' Hiraiwa, a travel writer-cum-photographer, told Kyodo News Kyodo News (共同通信社 Kyōdō Tsūshinsha) is a nonprofit cooperative news agency based in Minato-ku, Tokyo. It was established in 1945 and it distributes news to almost all newspapers, and radio and television networks in Japan. in Nairobi.
Earlier in the year, during their 100th visit to Kenya, the father and daughter duo earned special recognition from the government of Kenya for promoting tourism in Kenya.
Hiraiwa enjoys the title ''Goodwill ambassador of Japan and Kenya.'' He donated 400 pairs of binoculars binoculars
Optical instrument for providing a magnified view of distant objects, consisting of two similar telescopes, one for each eye, mounted on a single frame. In most binoculars, each telescope has two prisms, which reinvert the inverted image provided by the eyepiece to rangers working toward ending wildlife poaching and founded the school for Masai children using proceeds from sales of his books on eastern Africa.
His daughter Masayo says she finds the journey to the wilderness intriguing in·trigue
a. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.
b. The practice of or involvement in such schemes.
2. A clandestine love affair.
v. and challenging.
''Every time I meet different kinds of people in different places and get to understand their ways of living,'' she said.
The duo has published some 18 guidebooks, postcards and essays on wildlife in eastern Africa, including their latest photo collection of wild lions from Kenya and Tanzania titled ''A Tale of Lions: Love Letters from Savannah Savannah, city, United States
Savannah, city (1990 pop. 137,560), seat of Chatham co., SE Ga., a port of entry on the Savannah River near its mouth; inc. 1789. .''
They also plan to publish photographs of other wild animals WILD ANIMALS. Animals in a state of nature; animals ferae naturae. Vide Animals; Ferae naturae. including cheetahs, giraffes and zebras.
Hiraiwa says his family has been very supportive. His 63-year-old wife Sumiyo stays at home with their younger daughter Michiyo, 27.
''Without their help and understanding, I could not have continued to visit Kenya so many times,'' he said.