Guests to Shizuka Ryokan are warmly welcomed by a number of Japanese and local hosts from a wide range of backgrounds, with their common denominator being the desire to offer a truly memorable experience which is as comfortable, relaxing and pleasant as humanly possible.
Peter McConvill has long been fascinated by Japan, its people and culture. His obsessive addiction to its cuisine is ongoing. He has visited Japan eleven times since he first studied in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1975.
He has worked as Cultural Affairs Manager of the Japan Information Service, attached to the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne and has also consulted to bodies such as the Japan National Tourist Organization. He has appeared on television and radio programmes in Japan and has also written about Japan in “The Bulletin” newsmagazine, with one article attracting a nomination for a National Press Club journalism award.
Some years ago Peter was the guest host on "Ginza Now", perhaps best described as Japanese television’s answer to “Countdown”. He infamously performed a popular song live on the programme and thus simultaneously launched and, somewhat unintentionally, also ended his singing career - all on the same night!
Peter has served as Treasurer and Public Officer of the Campaign Committee of the Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges tourism region. The peak marketing body for the area, the Committee actively promoted the region to its key markets in close liaison and collaboration with the State government agency Tourism Victoria.
Peter aims to strengthen the position of Shizuka Ryokan as a truly unique experiential destination by continuing to enhance its environment and ambience.
And, he still hasn’t quite given up on that dream of building a karaoke room at Shizuka, in a possibly futile bid to resurrect what he considers to be his prematurely stalled singing career.
Margaret McConvill shares the passion for Japanese cuisine, actively participating at both extremes of the creation and consumption continuum.
She also brings to Shizuka Ryokan strong administrative, organizational and management skills from her extensive tourism, hospitality and corporate background.
On a recent visit to Japan, Margaret selflessly embarked on an extensive itinerary touring some of the country’s best ryokan, placing special emphasis on studying kaiseki cuisine, Japanese interior design, horticulture and also the sensual joys of onsen and bathing.
Margaret’s unrelenting sense of duty also took her to Kyoto’s Nishiki food market and to Tokyo’s Kappabashi hospitality district, the evidence of which is now being shared by guests dining from the beautiful rustic ceramics purchased exclusively for Shizuka Ryokan.
Much of that experience has since been brought to bear on the facilities and services provided at Shizuka Ryokan.
Margaret was dux when she graduated in the Diploma in Aromatherapy from the Australian College of Natural Medicine.
She has further obtained a Diploma in Reflexology from Endeavour College of Natural Medicine, where she was also awarded the Excellence in Clinical Practice prize.
Additionally, Margaret holds qualifications in Remedial Massage, Reiki, Oncology Massage and is also an accredited Infant Massage Instructor.
Margaret is also constantly developing the cuisine offering at Shizuka Ryokan, with her new "omakase" banquet menu already receiving rave reviews.