On a mild winter day, there’s nothing more Masami Teramachi likes than a stroll through Victoria’s Fernwood neighbourhood.
“Whenever I have spare time I just go for a walk,” says Teramachi.
The UVic student moved to the island from her native Japan just over a year ago and since then has fallen in love with both Victoria and her neighbourhood.
“I’m from Gifu, it’s a small town in Japan and similar [in] size to here and I moved here and I found it very interesting and similar to my home town,” says Teramachi.
“So I really wanted to explore every single street.”
It’s why she’s spent the past few months creating a hand-drawn guide for Fernwood.
“I’ve done a similar thing in my hometown in Japan,” says Teramachi.
“I have so much passion for small towns like here and it’s so fascinating to explore and I wanted to share my favourite spots.”
The map is Teramachi’s way of highlighting and supporting local businesses, many of which are getting behind the project.
“Because of this map I got so much support from everyone including friends and also North Park Neighbourhood Association helped me a lot,” says Teramachi.
Teramachi also hopes the map will help Victorians to get out and explore Fernwood.
“I want to inspire local people to explore more,” says Teramachi.
“Something valuable is just right here.”
To find out where you can get a copy of the map, follow Walk with Masami on Instagram.