Shiga History May–August 2020

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major news headlines for May–August 2020 (according to the year, month, day). Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 280 English characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT, not Japan time. May 5, 2020: On April 30, private high school male teacher (55 阪本和仁) arrested for DUI after hitting a car on a National Route 1 in Kusatsu. May 5, 2020: Royal Oak Resort operating Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens in Otsu has become the 1st company in Shiga to

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Shiga History January–April 2020

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major news headlines for January–April 2020 (according to the year, month, day). Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 280 English characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT, not Japan time. Jan 31, 2020: Congrats to Olympic sprinter Kiryu Yoshihide who got married on Jan. 1, 2020. His wife is slightly older and a sports nutritionist. He’s reportedly refraining from having kids until after the Olympics are over. Jan 31, 2020: Otsu has a new mayor, Sato Kenji, elected on Jan.

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COVID-19 in Shiga Prefecture

by Philbert Ono COVID-19 Cases in Shiga As of Nov. 30, 2020 (JST) Total Confirmed Cases: 783 Active cases: 763 Discharged from hospital: 698 Total Deaths: 9 City/Town COVID-19 Cases COVID-19 Deaths Aisho 5 0 Higashi-Omi 29 0 Hikone 44 0 Hino 8 0 Koka 63 1 Konan 16 0 Kora 5 0 Kusatsu 134 1 Maibara 10 0 Moriyama 33 0 Nagahama 50 0 Omi-Hachiman 32 0 Otsu 260 2 Ritto 28 1 Ryuo 2 0 Taga 1 0 Takashima 11 0 Toyosato 7 0 Yasu 24 0 Imported/unknown area cases 21 0 TOTAL (as of 2020-11-30) 783 9 Despite

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Shiga History September–December 2019

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major news headlines for September–December 2019 (according to the year, month, day). Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 280 English characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT, not Japan time. Sep 23, 2019: On Aug. 22, 2019, all 19 local BOE in Shiga met in Otsu to discuss how to improve the scholastic achievement test scores of Shiga’s 6th graders & 3rd-year jr high kids scoring below the nat’l average. Jr high English listening skill is one area needing improvement.

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Shiga History May–August 2019

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major news headlines for May–August 2019 (according to the year, month, day). Originally posted on Twitter under Shiga Headlines by Philbert Ono. Twitter posts are limited to 280 English characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT, not Japan time. May 9, 2019: In Nagahama, 7 people who ate chicken at Ryoma Shamonojo restaurant on April 19, 2019 suffered from food poisoning caused by the Campylobacter bacteria. Shamonoji was ordered to close for three days from April 30. #龍馬軍鶏農場長浜店 May 9, 2019: On April 25, 2019 in Hino, two jr.

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Monster Centipede on Mt. Mikami

Tawara-no-Tota Hidesato Slaying the Giant Centipede俵藤太秀郷ムカデ退治(俵藤太物語) Adapted in English by Philbert Ono based on an old folktale. Once upon a time during Japan’s Heian Period in the 10th century, there was a young warrior prince named Fujiwara Hidesato (藤原 秀郷), also known as Tawara-no-Toda (俵藤太). One day, when he was going to cross the Seta Karahashi Bridge in Otsu (Shiga Prefecture), he saw a big commotion at the end of the bridge. “How awful!! What should we do??” “Look at how big it is!!” “I’m too frightened to cross the bridge!” People were fraught with fear and anxiety. When Hidesato

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Biwa-ichi Cycling Around Lake Biwa and Shiga Prefecture

Comprehensive guide to cycling around Lake Biwa and Shiga Prefecture.By Philbert Ono, updated: Sept. 7, 2019 Bicycling around Lake Biwa has become so popular that there’s a buzzword for it: “Biwa-ichi” (ビワイチ). It’s short for Biwako isshu (びわ湖一周), meaning “going around Lake Biwa.” Technically, we can go around Lake Biwa (Biwako) by car, train, boat, or on foot, but “Biwa-ichi” (also spelled BIWAICHI) is mainly associated with cycling around Lake Biwa. No one seems to know who coined “Biwa-ichi” and when it came to the fore, but a local cycling association official says that it was found on the Internet as

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Shiga History January–April 2019

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s major news headlines for January–April 2019 (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 280 English characters including spaces and links (shortened by Twitter). Dates and times below are based on GMT, not Japan time. 2019-01-01 00:53:59 Happy New Year 2019! Hope we see more good news than bad this new year. https://t.co/vhpHzDmoRE 2019-01-05 07:32:58 CNN Travel has included Saimyoji Temple in Kora, Shiga as one of the “36 of Japan’s most stunning places.” #西明寺 #甲良町 https://t.co/NK6JCZMtdZ 2019-01-28 04:02:23 Higashi-Omi has

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