Chairman and representative director of Creston Home Co., Ltd.
Ryuzo Shioji was born in Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture.
He attended Tanabe High School and Kindai University before graduating from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Nanzan University. Then he worked as a civil servant before founding his business in Nagoya with the goal of creating a rich and satisfying society through home design and related services.
He’s been involved with urban revival, development, and revitalization for 43 years, including through his management of a company whose services include residential architectural design and construction, property subdivision and sale, and tenant building management.
His commitment to his hometown is stronger than most, and he never fails to return and visit his family grave twice a year.
He’s incorporated trips to Kumano, visits Kumano Sanzan, and travel to the Doro-kyo- Gorge into company trips and otherwise promoted the appeal of Wakayama.
One of the steps he’s taken as chairman of the Tokai Wakayama Prefectural Residents’ Association, which celebrates the 115th anniversary of its founding this year, has been to create the Wakayama Devotee Association. The group reflects his focus on ensuring the ongoing development of prefectural residents’ associations by identifying people with connections to Wakayama and fans of the prefecture.
He’s also pursued an aggressive slate of activities conceived to strengthen the bonds between Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya, and Wakayama as the Aichi Furusato Ambassador.
I’d like to offer my congratulations on the 15th anniversary of Kumano and Koyasan’s registration as World Heritages.
The verdant, luxuriantly wooded mountains of Kumano, which occupy the majority of the Kii Peninsula, have been venerated as a sacred place inhabited by the gods since ancient times. Kumano Sanzan have a long history of attracting religious devotion from every segment of society, from nobles to commoners, starting with Emperor Shirakawa during the Heian period.
Situated at an elevation of 330 meters atop 467 steps, Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine offers views from its main building of Nachi Waterfall in the distance as you look down the slope of the mountain, creating the illusion that you occupy a sacred vantage point in the sky.
When you climb the 158 stone steps surrounded by enormous, dense Japanese cedar trees to reach Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, you find an old-fashioned, solemn building whose modest and refined design invites you, body and spirit alike, to experience the eternal flow of history.
People have admired Kumano and sought salvation there since ancient times, and it is a place that lets you experience in this moment the sensation and excitement of having come seeking rebirth.
I believe that on this 15th anniversary of Kumano’s registration as a World Heritage it is important to consider the significance of that achievement and to think about the deep appeal of the place.