Higashi-Omi has no English Web site for sightseeing

Imagine that your friends from overseas will visit you in Higashi-Omi. How would you explain or introduce your city in English? The city hall’s Web site has some English pages introducing Higashi-Omi. The English is good quality so you can give them this URL: 
http://www.city.higashiomi.shiga.jp/outside/English/ 

However, they still don’t have any English info about sightseeing and festivals in Higashi-Omi. (In Japanese only.) And I tried to search for information about sights in HigashiOmi explained in English and it seems only my Web page comes up. 
http://photoguide.jp/txt/Higashiomi%2C_Shiga 

However, it’s still not finished. I’m still working on it. If you want to help me list up the sights of your city in English, I would welcome your input very much. I have only seen the kite festival, Notogawa waterwheel, and Eigenji. I know there are many more sights in HigashiOmi. JR Notogawa Station is probably Shiga’s nicest train station (shaped like a waterwheel on both sides). 

Changing the subject, I also found photo albums of HigashiOmi’s sister city exchange with Marquette this past summer. Looks like they had fun. Maybe you know someone in the pictures:

http://www.carlwozniak.com/Higashiomi/index.htm 

How to spell 東近江?

When Higashiomi was first established, I wondered how they would spell the name of the city. I thought that “Higashi-Omi” would be the best way to spell it.

However, I see that the city hall is spelling it “Higashiomi” as one word, which I think is the worse way to spell it. Some people might pronounce it as Higashio-mi or Higa-shiomi” instead. It should be like Omi-Hachiman with two words to make the pronunciation easier to recognize.

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