Judit Kawaguchi

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.

Judit Kawaguchi in Tokyo's Ginza district doing her weekly free counseling service.

Judit Kawaguchi in Tokyo’s Ginza district doing her weekly free counseling service.

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

Judit Kawaguchi at Ginza hokoten comforting a pooch in trouble.

Judit Kawaguchi at Ginza hokoten comforting a pooch in trouble.
Movie director Radovan Tadic with Judit Kawaguchi in Tokyo's Ginza

Movie director Radovan Tadic with Judit Kawaguchi in Tokyo’s Ginza
Rain or shine, Judit sat in Ginza's hokoten on Saturdays and Sundays, waiting for her clients to arrive.

Rain or shine, Judit Kawaguchi sat in Ginza’s hokoten on Saturdays and Sundays, waiting for her clients to arrive.
Even counselors need counseling: head of Inochi no Denwa and the Japan Suicide Prevention Association, Yukio Saito and Judit Kawaguchi in Ginza

Even counselors need counseling: head of Inochi no Denwa and the Japan Suicide Prevention Association, Yukio Saito and Judit Kawaguchi in Ginza
This cute dog and her human visited Judit Kawaguchi a few times. Lots of troubles unloaded.

This cute dog and her human visited Judit Kawaguchi a few times. Lots of troubles unloaded.
This Quote

I have mountains of troubles. — Ginza hokoten counselor