Group of 100 Devotees of Koyasan and Kumano


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Vice president of the Tokyo Healthcare University

Suga Sakamoto


Suga Sakamoto was born in Wakayama Prefecture. In 1972, she graduated from the Department of Health and Midwifery at Wakayama Prefectural Nursing School. In 2007, she graduated from the Graduate School of Economic Science at the Saitama School of Economics and Management. In 1976, she joined Kanto Teishin Hospital (present-day NTT Medical Center Tokyo). After working in various positions such as head nurse of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Ward, she headed the Nursing Department from 1997 to 2006. In 2006, she became a professor and dean of the Faculty of Nursing at Tokyo Healthcare University. In 2009, she became an expert member of the Central Social Insurance Medical Council. From June 2011 to June 2017, she served as chairperson of the Japanese Nursing Association. She came to her current position in June 2017.

Koyasan has become the original village of Ryujin for me.

I spent my childhood in Ryujin Village in Wakayama Prefecture.
Ryujin was located in a chain of verdant mountains, between which ran the indigo-blue Hidaka-gawa River. I lived and played in those mountains and in that river. When I’m having fun, when I experience an obstacle, it’s the details of daily life in Ryuujin Village, nestled deep in the mountains, that come to mind. I remember the long mountain roads along which I walked to school and the rustling of the bamboo groves in the wind. I remember seeing flying squirrels gliding by in the darkness between trees near me as I hurried home after dark.
Ryujin is located close to Koyasan, which connects people all over the world. The Koya-Ryujin Skyline Road connects them. The seasonal beauty of this road remains incredible. It’s also close to the Kumano Kodo. Despite having put down roots in the Kanto region, I felt as proud when the Kumano Kodo became a World Heritage as if I still lived there. History and nature... I wish all Japanese children could have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and ancient history of this place at least once.

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