Community Travel Service, LLC, was founded in San Francisco in 1982 by Mariko Watanabe-Harumi. The office was moved to Oakland in 1986, then moved to Albany, California in 1999. Today, the company specializes in Japan tours and travel only. Mariko organizes and leads Japan trips several times a year and provides consultations for independent travelers. Community Travel's Japan tours were featured three times in 2004 in the San Francisco Chronicle's Thursday travel section as unique Japan tours. Q: Tell me about your background? I was born and raised in Kyushu, Japan. I moved to San Francisco, CA in 1975. I have a BA in Integral Studies, and a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration. I'm married and have two grown-up sons. I live in Albany, CA with my husband of 32 years. I've been living at the same address for 25 years, have operated Community Travel Service for 27 years, and have driven the same car for 23 years. My credit rating is great!