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Camila Guadalupe Cortea

Assistant Manager
Japan Convention Bureau, part of the Japan National Tourism Organization
Founding Manager
Edo Quidditch Club

Date of birth: April 27, 1990

Hometown: Buenos Aires

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 9 (as of August 2019)

Camila Guadalupe Cortea
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

At age 16, the Boy Scouts of Japan invited me to represent Argentina at the 14th Nippon Jamboree. I camped for a week in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, and had a homestay in Osaka — my “jikka” (parents' home) since then. I was thrilled to discover that most landscapes and systems portrayed in anime I watched as a child were a loyal reflection of Japan.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

“Try anything.” How I was awarded a scholarship to study undergrad in Japan, or how I win The Japan Times' giveaway tickets, the key is always in the merit of being aware of the possibilities and giving it a try. The same applies to dreams — having one and bringing it up in conversation can click with key people and help it shape it to come true.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I am proud of bridging the gap of international and the local conference standards. At work, I assist overseas events to succeed in Japan, such was the case when the large-scale Gastech conference took place in 2017. In my international sports career, I am most proud of hosting the Edo Qudditch Cup last February and playing with my team in the Asian-Pacific Quidditch Cup this July.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My goal is to inspire and welcome more people overseas to discover the wonders of Japan. Ever since my first visit, I have always encouraged visiting Japan at least once in one's lifetime, for many of the marvels found here are unimaginable in other environments.
My current job, showcasing the attractiveness of the country on a global stage from the Japan National Tourism Organization, is without a doubt my dream job.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

When in Japan, travel! While in university, I succeeded in visiting all 47 Japanese prefectures, which gave me a great insight on local history, customs and even language variations. As a plus, whenever I meet someone, I always have a story that relates to their lands. Need to get away from consistent punctuality and order? Southeast Asia is around the corner and visiting helps one appreciate all we have here.

Last updated: Aug 19, 2019