Shiga History September–December 2017

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major news headlines for September–December 2017 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at GMT).

Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts were limited to 140 characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter) until early Nov. 2017. After that, the limit was increased to 280 characters in English. Dates and times below are based on GMT instead of Japan time.

2017-09-01 15:34:24 Due to North Korea’s missile threat, Hikone Higashi School has canceled a 4-day class trip to Guam scheduled for this Nov. for 317 students.
2017-09-03 10:58:28 Ropeway to Biwako Valley/Terrace had mechanical problems this morning, stranding most of the 600+ visitors who had to hike down the mountain
2017-09-03 11:12:37 RT @onyanlif:びわ湖バレイの公式サイトの今日の営業案内の書き方おかしいと思う(笑)



2017-09-04 02:42:48 After waiting 4 hours, they were told to hike down Biwako Valley, taking them 2.5 hours while the ropeway had mechanical problems.
2017-09-07 19:45:37 Due to North Korea’s missile threat, Torahime High School also changed its class trip destination from Guam to Okinawa this year. #交通事故の方が危険
2017-09-09 11:49:45 Biwako Valley and Biwako Terrace will be closed until Oct. due to cable replacement work on the ropeway that had mechanical problems since Sept. 3.
2017-09-09 13:24:45 Hikone-native Kiryu Yoshihide, the 1st Japanese to run 100 meters in less than 10 sec. (9.98 sec.) at intercollegiate meet in Fukui today.
2017-09-10 02:59:28 Hikone-native sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu is front-page news in almost all Japanese newspapers this morning. #桐生祥秀9秒台
2017-09-12 12:28:33 Shiga’s ineptness during disasters became evident when Ane River overflowed last month. Disaster info systems had errors or didn’t work.
2017-09-13 03:30:02 Pre-1903 old photo of Nagahama Station from my friend’s family collection. Going semi-viral. Lots of railway fans in Japan.
2017-09-14 01:04:26 Tanaka Kazuma (23,田中一真), employee at National Printing Bureau’s Hikone Plant arrested for groping and hitting age-20 college coed in Hikone.
2017-09-14 01:07:42 New edition of Japan Post Office’s die-cut postcards (gotochi form card) are out. Shiga’s latest one shows Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri.
2017-09-15 12:22:38 Age 31 Hino High School male teacher fired for DUI hit-and-run accident in Osaka in June. Also fined ¥300,000 for improper disposal of docs.
2017-09-15 12:32:48 Age 48 Kokusai Joho High School male teacher (soccer club advisor) reprimanded for losing docs containing soccer club members’ personal info
2017-09-15 12:42:29 Shiga police sergeant (40s) received a warning for unauthorized use of police database to check criminal record of his wife’s male friend.
2017-09-16 02:56:41 Typhoon No. 18 rains expected to hit Shiga tomorrow the 17th from around noon.
2017-09-17 02:45:57 Due to the typhoon, the Inazuma Rock Festival has been canceled today. Tickets will be refunded. See website:
2017-09-17 03:52:19 Created the “Shiga Travel Alerts” section on home page. Because nobody does it, not even in Japanese. Poor tourists.
2017-09-23 12:15:54 今日のツーリズムEXPOジャパン(東京ビッグサイト)の滋賀のステージはさすがにつまらない。ご当地キャラとくだらないおしゃべりだけ。(その出張費が勿体無い。)ステージってやっぱり踊りなどのパフォーマンスがないとダメです。来年には土山のケンケト踊りでも披露したらいかがですか? 
2017-09-23 12:22:10 At Tourism Expo Japan today at Tokyo Big Sight, friendly staff (including this American lady) at the Omi-jofu (#近江上布) hemp fabric booth. 
2017-09-28 17:05:57 On Sep. 23 at Hikone Castle Resort and Spa, 29 people at a banquet suffered from food poisoning. Hotel’s kitchen was shutdown until the 29th.
2017-09-28 17:23:05 A recent survey found 141 Airbnb-type “minpaku” lodges operating in Shiga and 110 of them operating without a hotel business license.
2017-09-29 12:55:34 Former Shiga Governor Kada Yukiko will run for Shiga’s House of Representatives District 1 Diet seat in the Oct. 22 election. A shoo-in.
2017-10-01 15:01:28 Ceremony held today for Ohmi Railways Hino Station now completely renovated, looks like new. Will miss the old station from 1916.
2017-10-02 10:15:21 CUTE video of “Lake Biwa Rowing Song” sung in English by kids at ECC Junior in Konan city. Taught by our friend. GOOD JOB!!! #琵琶湖周航の歌英語版
2017-10-06 12:16:17 今夜のNHK総合「歴史秘話ヒストリア」がよかったね。浅井長政の話で感動しました。この番組はいつも日本の歴史をわかりやすく説明するので大好きです。視聴者の皆さん、是非小谷城を訪れてください。10月15日午前0時05分に再放送されます。
2017-10-10 12:47:26 Enjoyed child kabuki at Maibara Hikiyama Matsuri on Oct. 9, Sports Day. #米原曳山まつり #旭山 #菅原伝授手習鑑三段目 
2017-10-11 13:45:52 Univ. of Shiga Prefecture Human Cultures male professor (age 63)-cum-former vice president punished for sexual harassment of female student.
2017-10-11 13:49:40 Former age 63 Vice President of University of Shiga Prefecture suspended for only 2 months for 1.5-year sexual harassment of female student.
2017-10-14 10:53:30 Matchlock gun shooting at Nagahama Castle this morning by gunners from Tanegashima (Kagoshima), Sakai (Osaka), and Hikone. #第34回長浜火縄銃大会 
2017-10-14 11:00:21 Colorful kimono today at the Nagahama Kimono Garden Party. Drawing also held, grand prize (trip to Hawaii) won by a Maibara lady. #長浜きもの大園遊会 
2017-10-16 13:45:08 「鶴瓶の家族に乾杯」がよく彦根へ来てくれた。しかし出会った市民はナーバスまたはシャイな方が多かったね(笑)。もっと明るく笑顔で迎えて欲しかったな。閉鎖的な県には苦手かもしれないが、よそ者にも心を開いてもっとフレンドリーにしよう。
2017-10-20 03:46:34 Made in Echigawa: Toured UCC Shiga Factory that uses clean water from the Suzuka mountains to make coffee filled in capped cans and PETs.
2017-10-20 03:47:07 Made in Echigawa: Weaving hemp fabric for the 1st time at Omi Jofu Traditional Crafts Center in Aisho. #近江上布機織り体験 
2017-10-20 04:03:22 Made in Echigawa: Interviewed Nishikawa Yamato Gakki who makes koto. Beautiful instrument, beautiful sound! #西川和楽器 
2017-10-21 07:54:57 Due to Typhoon Lan (No. 21) hitting Shiga on Sunday, Oct. 22, most festivals and events on this day have been cancelled in Shiga and elsewhere.
2017-10-21 13:38:38 Japan Meteorological Agency has issued heavy rain warnings for southern and eastern Shiga and Koka.
2017-10-22 01:58:52 Typhoon Lan is expected to hit Shiga this evening, trains will be suspended or delayed from late afternoon.
2017-10-23 02:02:44 A sinkhole in Konan and 3 broken utility poles blocking Route 8 in Ryuo are part of the typhoon damage in Shiga reported so far. No injuries.
2017-10-23 02:04:28 Over 18,000 households are still without power mainly in Otsu and Takashima.
2017-10-23 02:12:18 Trains on JR Biwako, Kosei, Kusatsu, and Hokuriku Lines in Shiga have been suspended or reduced as of 11 am today.
2017-10-23 11:38:18 Former Shiga Governor Kada Yukiko lost her bid for Shiga’s House of Representatives District 1 Diet seat against incumbent Ooka Toshitaka.
2017-10-23 11:39:00 Typhoon Lan tore off the white wall of Hikone Castle’s Tamon Yagura turret and broke 9 utility poles on the Kosei Line near Hira Station.
2017-10-23 12:01:35 Kosei Line running only between Yamashina and Katata. Ohmi Railways suspended between Hino and Minakuchi Stations due to landslide. Bus provided
2017-10-24 00:27:31 Imoko-no-Sato Michinoeki roadside station in Wani, Otsu is closed due to major typhoon damage (roof blew off). #道の駅妹子の郷
2017-10-24 00:28:51 Due to broken utility poles near Hira Station, JR Kosei Line is not running between Katata and Omi-Imazu Stations. Reduced runs beyond Imazu.
2017-10-24 10:17:24 In Otsu, part of Shiga Jr. High School’s gym roof got blown off by Typhoon Lan. With no power and water, it remains closed. #志賀中学校
2017-10-25 02:31:23 DEC is holding its annual Cancer Walk at 10 am on Oct. 29 at Higashiomi Green Stadium. Donate for cancer research.
2017-10-25 02:31:46 The entire JR Kosei Line is running again. Power returning to affected areas. Cable car from Sakamoto to Enryakuji will run from Oct. 26.
2017-10-27 01:33:45 Blog post reviewing UCC Shiga Factory tour in Aisho:
2017-10-29 08:14:14 Due to winds, JR Kosei Line has been suspended between Katata and Omi-Imazu Stations for the rest of today. Reduced train runs to/from Katata.
2017-10-29 18:24:09 4th graders in St. Johns, Michigan sing the Biwako Rowing Song in Japanese. They hold an art exchange with Konan.
2017-10-29 18:29:14 Shar Mohr in Michigan studied Japanese and visited Shiga for the 1st time in Sept. A local paper wrote about it. Nice!
2017-10-31 17:03:02 “CocoShiga,” Shiga’s new gift shop, eatery, and tourist info center opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on Oct. 29. General manager is from Okinawa.
2017-10-31 17:03:11 Yamaguchi Yuki (28,山口佑樹) math teacher at Moriyama Kita High School fired for trying to take an upskirt photo of a female student in class.
2017-10-31 17:04:18 Korean envoy documents from Nagahama-born Confucian scholar Amenomori Hoshu (1668-1755) will be inscribed as UNESCO Memory of the World.雨森芳洲
2017-11-02 17:57:40 Typhoon-caused landslide cleared and Ohmi Railways running again between Hino and Minakuchi Stations after a week of stoppage.
2017-11-03 20:38:55 Drunken Maibara City Hall worker Yomori Tatsuya (41,世森達也) arrested for punching a taxi driver who drove him home on Nov. 3, 12:45 am. #米原の恥
2017-11-03 20:39:12 3 hikers from Kyoto who got lost on Mt. Bunagatake on Nov. 2, found safe by police next day. Avoid alpine hiking after typhoon! #観光客用危険情報不足
2017-11-05 07:15:17 I wonder if they also showed her Lake Biwa pearls. I hope they did…
2017-11-09 04:34:18 I welcome Twitter increasing the max. characters to 280 per tweet. Now I don’t have to use abbreviations which my Japanese readers of English might not understand. But I will still try to keep my tweets as short as possible. I can now use English + Japanese in one tweet. Great!
2017-11-09 05:16:27 Lots of Shiga sake at CocoShiga next to Nihonbashi Station in Tokyo.品揃えは結構あるけど、素人には目玉商品がよくわからない。滋賀の「これだ!」というもの。一見でわかるPOP広告やキャッチコピーが必要。英語版HPもおかしい。”The Shiga’s story”はおかしい…
2017-11-09 05:42:20 Funazushi-flavored potato chips will go on sale from Nov. 13 in the Kinki Region. They look like regular chips, but with a fishy taste.魚の味はするけど、鮒ずしではないな。守山市にあるモンレーブの「ふなずしパイ」の方がいい。CocoShigaで売って欲しい。話題性のある「甲賀コーラ」も。 
2017-11-15 03:27:06 Nakamura Haruto (34,中村治人), a child activity center instructor at Ikadachi Jido Club (伊香立児童クラブ) in Otsu, was arrested for using his smartphone to shoot upskirt video of a high school girl in a convenience store in Otsu on Oct. 14. He has admitted to the charges.
2017-11-15 03:27:18 During the nationwide test of the J-Alert nationwide disaster warning system on Oct. 14 at 11 am, Koka’s loudspeaker announcement did not work and Moriyama’s email warning system did not work. #Jアラート訓練2市で不具合
2017-11-15 23:31:21 Otsu-based painter Brian Williams will have an exhibition at Takashimaya Department Store (6th floor) in Kyoto during Nov. 22–28.
2017-11-17 10:47:29 The next NHK Nodo Jiman TV program (amateur singing contest) on Nov. 19 at 12:15 pm to 1 pm will be held at Takashima Shimin Kaikan hall in Imazu, Takashima. Hope to hear Shiga’s famous songs. I applied to join the audience, but didn’t get in. Too bad!
2017-11-17 10:52:24 Mt. Ibuki today. Dusted with the season’s first snow yesterday. 
2017-11-19 14:04:34 NHKのど自慢がよく今津に来てくれた。司会者が「琵琶県」と間違えて爆笑しました。一組(女子ペアの大学生)が「琵琶湖周航の歌」を歌ってよかった。思わず拍手。「今年は歌の百周年ですよ!」も言って欲しかったな。合格と思ったけどダメでした。皆さんお疲れ様でした。
2017-11-21 04:39:26 In Maibara today, fall colors are peaking earlier than usual during a cold November.
2017-11-26 08:13:14 中日新聞、ありがとうございました! 
2017-11-26 08:15:38 A new song monument to mark the 100th anniversary of Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) was unveiled at Kyoto University’s Yoshida-South Campus in Kyoto on Nov. 25, 2017. It’s in both Japanese and English. Watch this short video clip.「琵琶湖周航の歌」100周年記念碑除幕式
2017-11-28 02:31:56 Kyoto University Glee Club sang the 1st verse of Lake Biwa Rowing Song in English as part of the university’s celebration of Biwako Shuko no Uta’s 100th anniversary held at the university on Nov. 25, 2017. #京都大学グリークラブ #琵琶湖周航の歌百周年記念
2017-11-30 03:20:02 “Club Harie”を初めて聞いたとき,disco,スナック,高島市針江地区のジムとか思ったけど洋菓子屋でした。先日に彦根店の従業員にその名前の由来を聞いてみた。ClubとHarie(玻璃絵)の意味がわかったけど、なぜその社名にしたのか誰も知りませんでした。そのCaféのキッシュプレート(¥1080)は美味しかった。
2017-12-01 14:39:30 One wall (left in the photo) on Hikone Castle’s main tower was damaged by Typhoon No. 21 in Oct. The white plaster (shikkui漆喰) got soaked by horizontal rain and fell off. They can’t repair it until May since the new plaster cannot dry in the winter cold. It remains exposed. 
2017-12-03 14:08:55 Beautiful day today for Tarobogu Shrine’s annual Fire Festival in Higashi-Omi. It’s literally, “Holy smoke!” The smoke supposed to purify you for the new year. I really got smoked so I’m very pure. Firewalking (hi-watari) was fun too. I’m ready for 2018. #太郎坊宮お火焚大祭 
2017-12-04 14:36:31 Visited the old Biwako Hotel in Otsu. It’s now the Biwako Otsu-kan with a banquet hall, restaurant, and galleries. Larger-than-life building with great lake views. Built in 1934, it takes you back in time. Old photos of US Occupation forces using the hotel 1945–1957 are exhibited. 
2017-12-09 14:46:28 「琵琶湖周航の歌」はどう誕生したのか、オリジナルの朗読劇で披露された。2017年12月2日、滋賀県高島市今津町の今津東コミュニティセンターで「朗読劇団ムサシ」(森本純一代表)の6名のメンバーが披露しました。「針江よし笛の会」の生演奏も。その動画です:
2017-12-11 03:05:51 さすが彦根。この間は鶴瓶さん。そして先日の9日はNHK総合「ブラタモリ」。偶然か計画的か。または城の410周年のためか。近江さんも近江を訪れた。その名字の由来も聞きたかった。足軽屋敷の中も拝見できてよかった。色々面白くわかりました。再放送あり。
2017-12-11 14:45:53 Let’s pray that the tanuki (raccoon) mascot candidate for the Tokyo Paralympics will be selected. It would be great PR for Shiga, especially Shigaraki. Watch this official video that shows this mascot being born from Shigaraki tanuki.
2017-12-12 18:33:56 In Yasu, the copper roofing on two smaller shrines at Osasahara Jinja Shrine (大笹原神社) was found to be torn off and stolen on Dec. 8. Shrine members plan to replace the roofing before New Year’s. Copper prices have been rising and have become a target for thieves in the past.
2017-12-12 19:50:58 My foodie friend Yukari introduced funazushi on NHK World’s J-Trip program about sushi (starts at 18:40):
2017-12-13 20:36:21 CocoShiga is Shiga’s new antenna shop in Tokyo. My blog post here:
2017-12-15 15:06:53 Since 1977, for 41 years in a row in Dec., an anonymous person has again left bags of Omi rice at Hino Town Hall. Three 30-kg bags of rice were found at the entrance on the morning of Dec. 15. The town plans to give the rice to local nursing homes. No message was attached.
2017-12-15 15:18:13 National survey by Japan’s health ministry found that Shiga had Japan’s longest average life expectancy for men at 81.78 years as of 2015. For Shiga women, it was 87.57 years, the 8th longest in Japan and the longest in Kansai. Cancer was the leading cause of death in Japan.
2017-12-18 11:15:10 At Otsu District Court’s Hikone Branch today, former Kora Town Hall tax worker Kojima Takayasu (31) #小島崇靖 was convicted of embezzling ¥6 million from tax-paying residents. His 3-year jail sentence has been suspended for 5 years after his father paid the town ¥33 million.
2017-12-19 14:45:48 For the 4th time in Dec. 2017, copper roofing was stolen from a Shinto shrine in Shiga. On Dec. 19, copper roofing worth ¥20,000 on the Haiden hall of Taiho Jinja Shrine (大寶神社) in Hino was found to be torn off. Since June 2017, there have been 33 copper thefts in Shiga.
2017-12-20 15:38:00 私のTwitter followersは今まだ少ないですが、ほとんどのtweetは最低,数百件のアクセスがある.Shiga Blogのsidebarに自動的に表示されるので増えますが,たまに何千件のアクセスもある.例えば,12月1日の彦根城の漆喰の被害状況の写真は既に4千件以上のアクセス.なにが人気になるのか本当に予想できない.
2017-12-25 15:03:19 Faced with red ink (since mid-1990s) and aging rails and trains, Ohmi Railways is seeking serious talks with the five cities and towns it operates in to discuss its future. Either receive subsidies, replace train lines with buses, or create a joint venture with local governments.
2017-12-25 15:18:16 Age 25 math teacher at Hino High School fired (fined ¥700,000) for slandering a woman on social media and obscene acts with an underage girl. Also, a substitute teacher at Kamiteru Elementary School in Nagahama was fired (fined ¥500,000) for paid obscene acts w/age 16 girl in June.
2017-12-25 15:27:06 From Jan. to Nov. 2017, 88 arrests were made for crimes by foreigners in Shiga, including tourists, 19 more than the same period in 2016. 61 arrests were for shoplifting. Vietnamese were the largest group at 16 persons, followed by 10 Brazilians. No mention of Japanese arrests.
2017-12-25 15:57:56 After an invalid Nov. 26 referendum, the Yasu City Council has voted in favor of building a new municipal hospital (野洲市民病院) on the empty lot in front of JR Yasu Station’s South exit. Slated to open in 4 years to replace the current and aging Yasu Hospital in Koshinohara.
2017-12-25 16:07:22 To bring more tourists to western Shiga along the JR Kosei Line, a special express Haruka train will run from Kansai Airport to Omi-Imazu on Feb. 17, 2018 morning. It will be a special tour for 200 people to visit Ogoto Onsen and Imazu. Reservations being accepted until Jan. 31.
2017-12-25 16:22:54 In 2016, a record 50,767,300 tourists visited Shiga, a 5.9% increase over 2015 (+2.82 mil.) and the 1st time it exceeded 50 mil. 549,800 of them were foreigners, 74,000 (+15.6%) more than in 2015. However, lodging guests numbered only 3,777,300, a 1.5% decrease.
2017-12-25 16:28:27 In 2016, Shiga’s most popular tourist destinations were: 1. La Collina Omi-Hachiman (2.13 mil. visitors), 2. Kurokabe Glass Shop in Nagahama (1.97 mil. visitors), and 3. Taga Taisha Shrine (1.66 mil. visitors) in Taga.

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Shiga History May–August 2017

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major and interesting news headlines for May–August 2017 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at GMT).

Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT instead of Japan time.

2017-05-09 00:54:22 Otsu Mayor Koshi Naomi was interviewed in English by Foreign Press Center Japan in March.
2017-05-09 11:41:34 In Moriyama this morning, Yoshimi Elementary School teacher Nakano Keiji (中野啓治, 59) arrested for DUI as he was driving erratically to work.
2017-05-09 11:56:02 Age 22 Inoue Yuta 井上裕太 & two age 14 boys arrested for breaking windows w/rocks at 4 primary & junior high schools in Omi-Hachiman in April.
2017-05-11 17:27:21 Former Kora Town Hall tax worker Kojima Takayasu (30) 小島崇靖 arrested for embezzling ¥30 mil.+ from tax-paying residents by falsifying data.
2017-05-11 17:38:02 Food Bank for accepting corporate food donations will be established to supply food to 63 Kodomo Shokudo kitchens for kids in rural Shiga.
2017-05-14 07:07:20 2nd video of our mini concert in Imazu featuring Biwako reed flute players Kikui Satoru & Kondo Yumiko. So pretty!
2017-05-16 21:10:00 Shiga Lakestars’ 1st season in the new B.League’s B1 Div. ended with 21 wins & 30 losses, putting them in last place in the West Conference.
2017-05-17 11:07:36 KEPCO’s No. 4 nuclear reactor at Takahama in Fukui was restarted today despite widespread opposition and anxiety in Shiga.
2017-05-17 11:19:14 All shinkansen between Gifu-Hashima & Maibara had to stop tonight for 30 min. when someone went on the tracks at Maibara Station at 5:50 pm.
2017-05-18 11:24:53 98.5% of Shiga’s 2,166 high school graduates in 2017 have found employment. An increase of 0.5% over 2016 & exceeding 98% 4 years in a row.
2017-05-19 10:40:49 The problem with this New York Times article is that “Shiga” is not mentioned at all. Only “near Kyoto.”
2017-05-23 11:12:09 Since 2001, 502 non-serious traffic accidents caused by Shiga Prefectural Government employees went unpunished. This oversight now finally corrected.
2017-05-24 23:00:28 Shiga Pref. Gov’t male worker suspended for 2 months for sexual harassment of female worker verbally, forcing lunch date, touching her chest
2017-05-24 23:01:28 Shiga Prefectural Government managerial male worker suspended 4 months for sexual harassment of 2 female workers, touching her hip & thighs, emailing.
2017-05-24 23:02:14 The names, dept., and age of the two male Shiga Prefectural Government workers suspended for sexual harassment have not been disclosed as required.
2017-05-24 23:02:45 Despite widespread opposition and anxiety in Shiga, KEPCO’s No. 3 & 4 nuclear reactors at Oi in Fukui passed safety standards for a restart.
2017-05-26 06:48:47 After 3 seasons, Shiga Lakestars head coach Toyama Koto 遠山向人 will be leaving the team upon completing his contract. His replacement TBA.
2017-05-26 06:50:58 Higashi-Omi Odako giant kite festival will not be restarted until ongoing litigation over the death & injury of spectators in 2015 ends.
2017-05-26 10:16:53 Moriyama city has signed a cooperative agreement with Sagawa Art Museum to offer art education & free admission to local kids & residents.
2017-05-28 08:35:56 Nagahama Royal Hotel’s kitchen suspended for 3 days from May 27 for causing norovirus food poisoning of 36 tourists from Kobe on May 20.
2017-05-29 12:10:38 Delicious lunch today with samurai chopsticks at Azai Sanshimai (sisters) Roadside Station in Nagahama (opened in March 2017). #道の駅浅井三姉妹の郷 
2017-05-31 11:24:55 Huge lotus pond at Karasuma in Kusatsu decimated since summer 2016. Expert says, “Sandy soil is bad, very little chance of recovery.” Sad! 
2017-06-01 14:38:12 Near Nagahama Castle in Hokoen Park today, they started building the new Biwako Shuko no Uta Verse 3 song monument. First the foundation… 
2017-06-02 10:21:57 Taga-native and Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Takahiro Norimoto got double-digit strikeouts 7 games in a row, breaking Hideo Nomo’s record.
2017-06-04 11:00:39 Great show by the Blue Impulse aerobatic team over Hikone today to celebrate the castle’s 410th anniversary. Sakura in the sky and more. 
2017-06-06 13:44:56 KEPCO’s No. 3 nuclear reactor at Takahama in Fukui was restarted today despite widespread opposition and anxiety in Shiga.
2017-06-06 13:51:13 51-year-old Australian Shawn Dennis has become the Shiga Lakestars’ new head coach. Previously an assistant coach for Tochigi Brex.
2017-06-06 14:05:08 Age 43 male worker at JA Kita-Biwako agricultural cooperative embezzled ¥44.77 mil. from people’s accounts for 2 years from Feb. 2015.
2017-06-13 04:56:05 American Jesse LeFebvre, an ordained Shingon (Buzan) Buddhist priest doing the Saigoku Pilgrimage, appointed as Otsu’s Tourism Ambassador.
2017-06-16 14:30:11 Founded in Hikone in 1933, Takata Corporation (4 factories in Shiga) is applying for financial rehabilitation due to massive airbag recalls.
2017-06-16 14:51:38 Official warnings issued to 6 of 36 educators in Shiga who received money/favors from textbook publishers to evaluate textbooks under review
2017-06-18 18:42:13 Yokozuna Hakuho & Miyagino Stable are lodging in Nagahama for the Nagoya tourney. He treated local kids & fans with sumo demo & chankonabe.
2017-06-27 15:45:22 Ninja birthplaces Koka and Iga have signed an agreement to work together to attract more tourists.
2017-06-27 15:56:29 Takata Corporation’s bankruptcy is causing anxiety in Shiga with 4 factories & over 50 subcontractors. Sharp, Toshiba, & now Takata. So sad!
2017-06-28 08:26:29 To mark the 100th anniversary of Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song), the Japan Post Office issued these stamps sold only in Shiga.
2017-06-28 08:33:00 The annual Biwako Shuko no Uta choir contest held in Imazu on June 25 was extra special this year with singer Kato Tokiko also appearing. 
2017-06-28 08:35:21 After the choir contest, 120 rowers sang in front of the song monument at Imazu Port including singer Kato Tokiko & former Gov. Kada Yukiko. 
2017-06-28 08:41:29 Also on June 25, a new song monument (Verse 3) was unveiled near Nagahama Castle with Kato Tokiko attending. It’s a glass bench. 
2017-06-28 08:43:19 On June 24–27, 120 rowers took turns rowing around Lake Biwa on 3 boats. They sang at each song monument along the way. Here’s Mt. Ibuki.
2017-06-28 08:56:40 なぞり周航の最後に大津市の越市長もよく述べた:「周航の歌が世界にも広がることを期待する」(毎日新聞6月28日の滋賀版)。
2017-06-28 09:25:16 なぞり周航が無事に終わって本当にお疲れ様でした。その企画と実行が大変だったと思いますが、皆さんがよく連携・協力して改めてこの歌のパワーが感じさせられました。凄いなと思いました。滋賀ってやればできるよ。Rowers sing at the Verse 5 monument.
2017-06-30 16:58:23 The 1st Biwako Ongakusai concert at Biwako Hall last night ended with everyone singing Biwako Shuko no Uta for the grand finale. #びわ湖音楽祭 
2017-07-01 09:32:10 RT @Lefa_heart: びわ湖音楽祭、フィナーレの写真です




2017-07-05 15:40:59 NHK滋賀より:「外国人へ情報発信するのが下手」。延暦寺だけの問題ではない。県内のほとんどの名所や観光施設はそうなんです。英語があってもその質または量が低い。大津が個別に対策をとってもあまり効果はない。まず、滋賀の全体の改革が必要(全市町で)。個別の連携ではなく、全体的の連携を。
2017-07-09 13:49:56 Talked about Lake Biwa Rowing Song at my university lecture in Japanese in Tokyo on July 8. #都内の国立大学 
2017-07-09 13:59:25 Child kabuki from Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri (Kasuga-zan) & Asakusa performed today at Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo. #長浜曳山祭東京公演 #子ども歌舞伎 #浅草こども歌舞伎 
2017-07-10 12:47:04 Maibara City Hall manager (40s) in health/welfare dept fired on June 28 for falsifying his work hours to receive ¥2.7 mil. in overtime pay.
2017-07-10 12:47:42 Last week, a Hino High School teacher (31) was charged with displaying obscene materials electronically. The principle apologized to parents
2017-07-10 12:48:00 Hino High School math teacher Kitanaka Ryosuke (北中涼裕, 25) arrested for spreading malicious rumors on social media about an 18-year-old woman.
2017-07-10 12:48:36 The new shopping complex “Ekimachi Nagahama” that replaces the old Heiwado in front of Nagahama Station will open on July 29. #えきまち長浜
2017-07-11 11:58:20 At Otsu District Court, former Kora Town Hall tax worker Kojima Takayasu (小島崇靖, 30) pleaded guilty of embezzling ¥440,000+ of tax money.
2017-07-11 12:00:58 Former Kora Town Hall tax worker Kojima Takayasu (#小島崇靖, 30) had previously been indicted of embezzling ¥1.64 mil+ of tax money.
2017-07-12 05:51:04 オリテ米原。頑張っているから批判したくないけど、普通の方は「降りて」ではなく「織り手」をイメージするじゃないの?そしてこのネーミングは外国人には対象外、無縁となっている。例えば、2020年にニュージーランドの東京五輪のホッケー選手にOrite Maibara!と言っても通じない。
2017-07-12 06:23:58 「市役所」を”City Hall”に統一することは賛成です。その標識や表示を変えるのが大変ですね。
2017-07-12 06:35:49 滋賀県内の道路管理者たちが標識の英語表記を統一するためにガイドラインが作ったそうですが、この一部を見てもまだよくない英語表記が多い。Mt.の後に一個のスペースが必要。「長浜鉄道スクエア」もMuseumの代わりにSquareにしろう。2017年6月9日の中日新聞滋賀版より 
2017-07-13 12:41:18 Summer 2017 fireworks schedule in Shiga: #滋賀県花火大会情報
2017-07-14 13:49:10 Shiga policeman (20s) charged with driving w/o a driver’s license for 11 days in May. Punished with a salary reduction, but he has resigned.
2017-07-14 13:59:24 Hikone Welfare Center worker Fujimoto Toshiya (34, #藤本稔也) arrested for exposing himself to a jr. high school girl on the street from his car
2017-07-14 14:31:35 Shiga Prefectural Government Enterprise Dept. (企業庁) worker (51) punished with a mere 10% pay cut for 15-mo. sexual harassment of female co-worker. #ヤツの名前を公表しろう
2017-07-18 12:59:01 Trial runs of self-driving mini buses from Oku-Eigenji Keiryu-no-Sato (奥永源寺渓流の里) roadside station in Higashi-Omi are planned for this fall.
2017-07-19 09:48:30 Rainy season ended yesterday in Kinki Region. Hot & sunny days are forecast for the next 7 days. Have a fun & safe summer.
2017-07-19 10:29:16 「熱中症」は和英辞書がいつもheatstrokeとなっているが、heat illnessが一番近いと思う。Heatstroke(熱射病)は一番重度で死の危険性がある。「夏バテ」も適当な英語はないけど、summer fatigueかしら。皆さんも暑い夏に健康第一、ご自愛ください。
2017-07-30 14:46:06 Former Biwako Visitors Bureau Tokyo Office Manager Ito Masahiro (60, 伊藤雅博) charged with falsifying & pocketing ¥1.24 mil in travel expenses. Shocking!!
2017-07-30 15:04:02 In Moriyama, Hotel Laforet Biwako renovated, rebranded, and reopened on July 28 as Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel (琵琶湖マリオットホテル).
2017-07-30 15:21:12 The new Ekimachi Terrace replacing the old Heiwado in front of Nagahama Station had a grand opening on July 29.
2017-07-30 15:30:43 Shiga’s new “floating school” under construction will be named “Uminoko” (Child of the Lake) (うみのこ), the same name as the current ship. 
2017-08-02 05:13:25 日野町立図書館でお子さんたち用の英語のイベントが無料で8月23日、25日に開催される。オーストラリア人のセーラ・ニシナさんから。
2017-08-06 03:06:53 Kusatsu Basho sumo exhibition tournament held at

Kusatsu Gym on July 31. Sold-out crowd of 3,288 saw Yokozuna Hakuho & other sumo stars.

2017-08-06 03:15:32 One of Japan’s oldest train stations in operation since 1916, Hino Station is undergoing major renovations and now looks bold & modern.
2017-08-07 04:28:40 Not a good day to visit Shiga today. Typhoon No. 5 (Noru) passing through until tonight. Lots of rain in northern Shiga too.
2017-08-07 06:25:32 Due to the typhoon, some trains (Shin-kaisoku) will be canceled on the Tokaido/Biwako Line.
2017-08-07 06:27:07 Trains are not running on the Kusatsu Line between Kibukawa and Tsuge and beyond to Kameyama, Kamo, and Iga-Ueno.
2017-08-07 06:56:42 Heavy rain & wind warnings issued for the entire city of Konan. Eight evacuation centers have opened in the city.
2017-08-07 07:34:23 All boat cruises on Lake Biwa, including Michigan paddle wheeler, have been canceled today. Shigaraki Kogen Railway trains also canceled.
2017-08-07 11:42:31 Most of Shiga is now under the windiest part of the typhoon. No reports of major damage nor injuries so far. Stay safe everyone!
2017-08-07 14:18:22 @missyukky 録画して見ました。湖南の皆さん(特に藍染の師匠)が元気そうで嬉しかったです。下田焼の奥さんも映って欲しかった。ほとんどは夫婦や家族で頑張っているので素晴らしい。いつか下田なすも食べたいな。
2017-08-08 03:08:36 Very slow-moving Typhoon No. 5 drenched Shiga well over 12 hours, but no injuries. Anegawa River overflowed in Nagahama flooding a few homes
2017-08-08 03:41:55 Trains not running on JR Hokuriku Line between Maibara and Tsuruga, and on JR Kosei Line between Omi-Maiko and Omi-Shiotsu.
2017-08-08 03:46:55 Hikone Higashi High School beat Hasami (Nagasaki) 6-5 today in the 1st game of the Summer Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2017-08-08 07:53:50 Trains now running on JR Hokuriku Line and JR Kosei Line, but on a slower schedule. Other train lines in Shiga running normally.
2017-08-10 12:35:31 In Moriyama, Yoshimi Elementary School teacher Nakano Keiji (中野啓治, 60), arrested for DUI in May, was suspended for 6 mo., but resigned today
2017-08-10 12:39:03 Prince Akishino, wife Kiko, and son Prince Hisahito visited a traditional brush maker in Takashima today as part of their summer vacation.
2017-08-14 09:55:09 Hikone Higashi High School lost to Aomori Yamada 2-6 today in their 2nd game of the Summer Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2017-08-14 10:11:00 Hikone City Hall, undergoing renovations for earthquake resistance until May 2019, has temporarily moved into AL Plaza Hikone, 3rd & 4th fl.
2017-08-14 10:14:46 Hikone-native sprinter Kiryu Yoshihide & teammates won the bronze for the men’s 4x100m final at IAAF World Championships London on Aug. 12.
2017-08-14 21:04:46 8月11日にNHKラジオ「ラジオ深夜便」の番組が「琵琶湖周航の歌」を紹介しました。聞き逃した方のためにホームページで聞けます。2017年8月11日のスライダーを21:40にします。~Lefa~の歌声と歌の研究家の飯田忠義先生が出演。
2017-08-14 21:06:20 Biwako Shuko no Uta 100th Anniversary photo essay in English:
2017-08-18 16:11:02 At Lake Biwa Museum, the Baikal seal tank is too small. The 2 seals can hardly swim around. Very shy, couldn’t see their faces. #バイカルアザラシ 
2017-08-22 04:35:34 Nice to see my “We love Shiga” logo spreading around, even in Brazil. Free to use! 
2017-08-25 19:35:42 Epic war movie “Sekigahara” opens in theaters today in Japan w/Okada Jun’ichi as Nagahama-native Ishida Mitsunari. 
2017-08-28 09:56:53 Shiga’s 6th graders & 3rd-year jr high kids scored lower than the nat’l average on all scholastic achievement tests in April.#学力テスト4年連続平均下回る
2017-08-30 14:55:26 映画「関ヶ原」を見た。三成がメインでまぁまぁ面白かった。「近江」や「琵琶湖」が頻繁に聞く。滋賀のロケも多い(彦根城、龍潭寺、百済寺、延暦寺、日吉大社、愛知川など)。秀吉への三献の茶の場面と三成の斬首前に秀秋や家康との対面が面白い。架空の人物もいるのでやはりフィクションの作品。
2017-08-31 13:30:52 Due to fewer sales & customers, Otsu Parco shopping complex closed today after 21 years in business since 1996. Movie theaters remain open.

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Shiga History January–April 2017


Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major and interesting news headlines for January–April 2017 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at GMT).

Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT instead of Japan time.

2017/1/3 2:16 Happy 2017! It’s a warm New Year’s, hardly any snow on Mt. Ibuki. Wishing you a healthy and good 2017.
2017/1/6 10:05 Hikone’s mascot Hiko-nyan received 11,796 New Year’s nenga postcards this new year as of Jan. 6, 2017. About 300 more than last year.
2017/1/6 10:20 In Shiga, 7,855 men and 7,200 women (born April 2, 1996–April 1, 1997) will mark their Coming-of-Age on Jan. 9. 440 more than last year.
2017/1/6 11:53 2017 NHK Taiga Drama “Onna Joshu Naotora” (#おんな城主直虎) from Jan. 8 will be about Ii Naotora, Hikone Castle Lord Ii Naomasa’s adoptive mother.
2017/1/9 8:27 Kyoto University Rowing Club’s official 2017 calendar includes “Lake Biwa Rowing Song” English lyrics for the 1st time.
2017/1/14 3:57 Hip-hop PR video for Hikone Castle’s 410th anniversary (Mar. 18–Dec. 10, 2017) going viral (in Japanese only).
2017/1/15 3:08 Good news for skiers. Snow in most of Shiga this weekend, especially northern Shiga.
2017/1/16 5:13 Hino & Higashi-Omi are holding a Hina doll tour for foreigners on Feb. 25 for ¥2,000. Send application by Feb. 10.
2017/1/17 13:59 Docomo cell phone users in Otsu & parts of Kyoto are having connection problems due to the heavy snow & power outages disrupting cell towers
2017/1/17 15:24 Funny weekly manga about Shiga by Sakana Kouji (in Japanese only). Updated every Fri. 滋賀の面白い漫画 by さかなこうじ
2017/1/18 12:49 Shiga Pref. Government will bar Dentsu from bidding on any PR-related contract jobs citing the overworked Dentsu employee’s suicide (高橋まつり).
2017/1/24 10:08 Heavy snow in northern Shiga continued from yesterday, delaying trains/buses & causing traffic jams. 115 schools in Shiga were closed today.
2017/1/26 4:26 A deliberation committee (琵琶湖周航の歌100周年記念促進協議会) met for the 1st time to plan the PR for the 100th anniv. of Biwako Shuko no Uta rowing song.
2017/1/26 13:25 Heavy snow has destroyed or damaged 123 greenhouses mostly in eastern Shiga, damaging 0.52 ha of crops like mizuna & spinach.
2017/1/27 10:28 For the second year in a row, Shiga Gakuen will represent Shiga at the 2017 Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament
2017/1/31 9:21 Made my first Lake Biwa pearl brooch at a workshop conducted by Otsu-based Jinbo Pearls this past weekend in Shibuya, Tokyo. That was fun! 
2017/2/8 18:47 Sep. 2016: Five Ayaha H.S. #綾羽高校 baseball players in Kusatsu shoplifted shoes at a sports shop. They received “guidance” and quit the team.
2017/2/10 15:42 Omi-Hachiman is taking steps to eliminate or hide utility poles to beautify and protect its traditional townscapes from March 2018. #無電柱化
2017/2/10 15:44 Heavy snow is expected to continue this weekend in Shiga, especially in Hikone, Maibara, and Nagahama.
2017/2/13 20:46 Four Keihan Railways station names will change in March 2018: Hama-Otsu, Sakamoto, Bessho, & Ojiyama. Otsu will pay ¥15 mil. for the change.
2017/2/14 15:26 Enryakuji’s Tendai Zasu Abbot 森川宏映座主 held a service at Kyoto’s Nishi Hongwanji for the 1st time on the 1,000th anniv. of Genshin’s death.
2017/2/24 22:58 Shiga dept stores have joined the “Premium Friday” campaign on the last Fri. of the month to cater to workers who get off work early at 3 pm
2017/3/4 15:47 Shiga food/crafts at the 29th Omi Fair in Takashimaya Dept. Store Nihonbashi Branch 8th floor in Tokyo, March 8–13.
2017/3/5 5:48 Kenyan Ezekiel Kiptoo Chebii won the 72nd Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon today in 02:09:06, Sasaki Satoru was 4th at 02:10:10.
2017/3/7 2:06 Nagahama International Friendship Association 長浜市民国際交流協会 has started English Cafe for English conversation. Next one will be on March 12.
2017/3/8 14:02 Heard interesting discussions & met people at the Japan Heritage International Forum in Tokyo, March 7. Lake Biwa is also a Japan Heritage.
2017/3/11 7:38 Hikone Castle garden Genkyuen’s pond is undergoing major repairs. Pond water has been drained. Looks very drab now.  
2017/3/11 7:40 In front of Nagahama Station, the new shopping/restaurant complex on the old Heiwado site should be opening soon. 
2017/3/11 7:44 March 12 is the last day of the Nagahama Bonbaiten #長浜盆梅展 plum blossom bonsai exhibition (now in peak bloom) in the Keiunkan (慶雲館). 
2017/3/11 7:58 Actress Kaho Tsuchimura (center) #土村芳 was at Hikone Castle’s Tenbin Yagura on March 10 to film NHK TV morning drama series “Beppin-san.” 
2017/3/17 9:26 Tasted Shiga’s famous Salad Roll サラダパン for the 1st time. Basically a hot dog bun with mayonnaise and small slices of takuan pickled radish. 
2017/3/17 9:30 初めてサラダパンを食べました(木之本のつるやパンより)。なんか戦後の昭和時代っぽいな懐かしい味でした。素朴な作りで誰でも同じもんが作れそう。こんなもんで人気・有名になるなんてちょっと驚きました。外国人にもオススメできるかどうかはちょっと微妙です。
2017/3/18 3:59 The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga will close on March 31, 2017 for 3 years for major renovations. See their last exhibition before it closes.
2017/3/18 4:00 Hikone Castle’s 410th anniversary celebration started today with special exhibits inside castle buildings. Ends on Dec. 10, 2017.
2017/3/18 14:34 HigashiOmi police sergeant Kumita Masaya 汲田昌也 (36) arrested for threatening to kill his GF over the phone when she tried to break up w/him.
2017/3/18 14:48 Eight Nagahama policemen punished for sexual harassment of 2 policewomen in Nov. by using a pro wrestler’s hold on the women and taking pics. 
2017/3/18 14:59 Otsu City Hall miscalculated tax bills and national health insurance premiums & benefits totaling ¥12.99 mil. affecting 272 Otsu citizens.
2017/3/18 15:05 Earlier this month, Hikone City Hall sent 27 “My Number” personal ID cards (indicating the birthdate, address, etc.) to the wrong addresses.
2017/3/18 15:09 Hiko-nyan will have a new official pose, showing him with both arms raised (banzai) and smiling.
2017/3/19 9:47 Spouse seekers in Higashi-Omi reach out through bathhouse poetry serenading – The Mainichi 歌垣風呂 銭湯の壁越しに歌を詠み合い「婚活」 
2017/3/22 11:11 Former Gamo-Higashi Elementary School head teacher Arikawa Tomoaki (50, 有川智章) found guilty of forcing 4 women to meet him after sending candid pics
2017/3/22 11:19 As of Jan. 1, 2017, Shiga’s average land prices have fallen 9 years in a row, by -0.4% over 2016. Land prices in Kusatsu & Moriyama rose.
2017/3/22 11:31 Toray Arrows pro volleyball player Kimura Saori retired this month after a 12-year pro career including 4 Summer Olympics & a bronze medal.
2017/3/22 11:39 Shiga Gakuen beat Tokai Univ. Ichihara Boyo H.S. 6-2 in their 1st game at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien nat’l high school baseball tournament.
2017/3/22 12:33 Itoen is selling their Koi-cha #濃い茶 bottled tea (525 ml) with a special “Mother Lake” sakura label until Mar. 31 for Lake Biwa donations. 
2017/3/23 13:00 Otsu mayor Koshi Naomi is taking a voluntary 30% pay cut next month to make amends for 7 corrupt city employees in the past 2 months.
2017/3/23 13:04 From Maibara, the “My Bara” 米バラ umeshu plum cake shaped like a rose (bara) is very good. Sold at Ibuki-no-Sato Road Station 伊吹の里 in Maibara. 
2017/3/24 11:14 At a Heiwado in Otsu, bought up all the Itoen Koi-cha #濃い茶 bottled tea with the special “Mother Lake” label. It’s for a spring party…
2017/3/24 11:18 Monreve bakery in Moriyama is famous for Funazushi Pie, a cookie made with funazushi fermented Biwako carp. Love it! 
2017/3/24 13:08 守山駅の近くにある洋菓子店モンレーブのふなずしパイ(10枚入り¥1250)。商品開発に苦労されたそうですが、さすがのヒット商品。うなぎパイと連想して甘そうと思いがちけど、全く甘くない。 鮒寿司の独特な匂いも味も見事に取り入れている。本物の鮒寿司が苦手の方にはこれがいい。
2017/3/26 9:25 Shiga Gakuen tied w/Fukuoka-dai Ohori 1-1 in their 2nd game today at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2017/3/26 10:19 English guide to Hikone Castle’s 410th anniversary (March 18 to December 10, 2017).
2017/3/28 9:52 Shiga Gakuen lost to Fukuoka-dai Ohori 3–5 in the tiebreaker today at the Senbatsu Spring Koshien national high school baseball tournament.
2017/3/28 17:22 Osaka High Court overturned Otsu District Court’s injunction against the restart of KEPCO’s No. 3 & 4 nuclear reactors at Takahama in Fukui.
2017/3/30 16:58 Head teacher (50) at Tamao Elementary School in Higashi-Omi suspended for 6 mo. for injuring a man with a beer mug during a quarrel last Aug.
2017/4/1 15:34 Modern Museum of Art, Shiga now closed for 3 years of major renovations & expansion to house Shiga’s art treasures & works by the disabled.
2017/4/1 15:38 滋賀県立近代美術館の3年間の休館で数十名の職員が解雇されました。皆さん、お疲れ様でした。再就職先が見つければいいですね。頑張ってください。
2017/4/2 14:41 Bye-bye Hashimoto Naoko 橋本奈穂子 (Kinomoto native), today’s her last day as newscaster on NHK News 7. We’ll miss you. 
2017/4/3 12:46 Otsu City Hall today created a new dept. (未来まちづくり部) that will work to model the city after Geneva, Switzerland. Good luck to them.
2017/4/4 13:53 In this building next to Nihonbashi Station, Shiga will open its new Tokyo PR center and gift shop this Oct. to boost its brand recognition. 
2017/4/5 15:12 Only 38% of Shiga’s non-native jr. high English teachers & 62% of high school English teachers have EIKEN Grade Pre-1 or higher. 英検準1級
2017/4/5 15:21 Only 37.1% of Shiga’s jr. high students have attained EIKEN Grade 3 & 31.5% of high school students have attained Grade 2 or higher. 英検3級
2017/4/5 15:30 なんで学校で日本人の先生が英語を教えるの?Nativeはダメ?アメリカでは外国語を教えている先生のほとんどはそのnativeの方です。私もアメリカで日本語を習った時(小学校〜大学)、先生はほとんど日本人でした。じゃないと、教える資格がないし、生徒たちも信用できへん。
2017/4/9 20:22 Here’s the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri 2017 Festival Schedule in English. Child kabuki on April 13 to 16.
2017/4/11 13:32 A few glass windows were found shattered by fist-size rocks at four primary & intermediate schools in Omi-Hachiman on April 11 morning.
2017/4/12 5:49 毎日新聞(滋賀版)、ありがとうございました。
2017/4/17 6:06 滋賀版の朝日新聞、毎日新聞、読売新聞、産経新聞、そして特に中日新聞、どうもありがとうございました。当日の熱い日差しの中、お疲れ様でした。
2017/4/19 12:00 Kaizu-Osaki lakeshore road (Rt. 557) blocked by landslide. Section between Osaki-dera & Nihonmatsu is closed. Take Rt. 161 & 303 instead.
2017/4/22 4:23 Went on a Sakura Cruise from Imazu Port in mid-April. Got off the boat at Kaizu-Osaki Port and walked around for 30 min. Beautiful! #桜クルーズ 
2017/4/22 6:46 5-min. video of our live performance of “Lake Biwa Rowing Song,” April 16, 2017 at Imazu Port in Takashima.
2017/4/26 2:00 “We are ready” says Gov. Mikazuki with regard to emergency measures for any missile attack by North Korea on its army’s 85th anniv.
2017/4/26 15:21 I’m not complaining, but my “We love (place name)” slogan seems to have inspired copycats in Shiga. Maibara cable TV & visitors bureau FB. 
2017/4/28 6:55 Martin Stack, one of the best friends we ever had in Shiga, is battling an illness. Friends in Shiga made this video:
2017/4/29 8:54 Ninja-related sites in Koka and Iga (Mie) have been jointly designated as a Japan Heritage by the Agency for Cultural Affairs on April 28.
2017/4/29 8:56 Very strange that the Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki house is not part of the Japan Heritage designation. #甲賀流忍術屋敷
2017/4/29 9:03 えーっ!なんで が日本遺産に入ってないの??油日神社などの社寺が入っているのに。おかし過ぎるよ。俳優Harrison Fordも訪れた屋敷だぜ。日本遺産審査委員会よ、もっとよく調べなあかん。

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