Words to Live by: Volunteer Ginza hokoten counselor
On weekends, when Ginza’s main shopping street, Chuo dori is closed to cars, and becomes a hokoten or pedestrian walking street, Judit has been doing free counseling, listening to the troubles of people and their furry friends. During her many years on the streets of Ginza hokoten, she listened to the troubles of over 2000 people & many dogs.
Japan Times article about Judit’s Ginza hokoten counseling activity:
“ Woman’s calling: listening to strangers
By MAYUMI NEGISHI
“Come unload your troubles,” reads the tiny cardboard sign in Japanese. “Will listen. No charge.” And here in the middle of Tokyo’s busy Ginza shopping district, people actually sit and talk.
An hour after Judit Kawaguchi opens shop, five Japanese men and a woman wait huddled in the cold for their turn with the Hungarian native. “I have mountains of troubles,” is the typical opener. ”
Read more in Japan Times article about Judit
I have mountains of troubles. — Ginza hokoten counselor