Enchanted with Peru! Jesse Katayama, the young Japanese who lived a unique story to meet Macchu Picchu, fell in love with our Inca jewel and promotes it in his country and in the world. After being named volunteer ‘ambassador’ of Machu Picchu, he is now one of the ‘digital ambassadors of Peru in Japan’.
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The first tourist to enter after reopening
Jesse was the first foreign tourist to enter the Inca citadel after its closure for about seven months to the world, when the pandemic started (March 2020).
He had bought his ticket and had headed for Machu Picchu Pueblo, in Cusco, but one day before his turn to enter the impressive Inca citadel, the government ordered the closure. He decided to stay and wait in order to achieve his goal.
Almost seven months passed until Machu Picchu was reopened and the Cusco authorities allowed him to be the first traveler to enter. “After the quarantine, the first to visit Machu Picchu is yoooooo”the young tourist expressed happily.
Her wish achieved, she returned to Japan and from there she continued posting beautiful photos and videos of her stay. in Aguas Calientes’ and Machu Picchu.
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In December 2021, he returned and gave gifts to 500 children through his Machu Picchu Santa Project.
In February of this year, he published a video on his networks that he recorded in Machu Picchu. “Hello! I made a video to promote our village among the Japanese. The Japanese who see this video want to go to Machu Picchu. I continue with my work to promote Machu Picchu and Peru in Japan. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again at Christmas.” Jesse said.
And last March, he collected donations in his country and sent them to Machu Picchu Pueblo to help with flood damage.
Bonds of friendship
The Embassy of Peru in Japan has recently presented him as one of the members of the ‘Peruvian Public Information Ambassador’ project in Japan“.
I was selected as tourism and PR ambassador for the second time!!Jesse said excitedly.
In turn, Promperú highlighted that, through the networks, Jesse Katayama will promote the town that welcomed him. “The intention is to promote tourism to Cusco and strengthen ties of friendship between Peruvians and Japanese”, indicated the institution.
*Jesse is a boxing instructor.
*His story with Machu Picchu it was spread even in international media.
* Has recorded video in which it shows the natural, architectural and cultural beauty of Machu Picchu Pueblo. With its cobbled paths, its square and its Inca, the vegetation, waterfalls of clean water, suspension bridges and modern construction, train line, local crafts, restaurants, even Cusco beer. (Isabella Medina)
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