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: 

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. 

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:


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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