Shiga History October–December 2015

Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan.

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s most important and interesting news headlines for Oct.–Dec. 2015 (according to the year, month, day, and time posted at Japan time).

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.

2015/10/7 11:30 Shiga had Japan’s highest percentage (48.4%) of respondents who submitted the 2015 national census survey online in September.
2015/10/14 8:31 New and elegant Japanese-style restaurant opening soon in Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan in Hino.
2015/10/16 9:40 Interviewed Otsu-e artist Tanaka Kokei
2015/10/18 2:22 Northern Biwako and Shiga from International Space Station!
2015/10/23 16:27 Oct. 23: a man phoned Nagahama City Hall for a 12 pm bomb threat. Everyone evacuated by 11:30 am and returned safely to work at 12:30 pm.
2015/10/25 17:06 51-year-old Nagahama policeman 巡査部長伴由明 arrested for taking upskirt photos of a young woman in an anime goods shop in Osaka on Oct. 24.
2015/10/27 0:43 Matsumoto Castle in Nagano has a Koka ninja (and samurai) greeting visitors.
2015/11/5 15:52 For the 1st time, ruins of a building were found underwater in Lake Biwa, 100 m from Nagahama. Stone foundation and 18th-c. wooden pillars.
2015/11/6 12:04 In the past 5 years, at least 18 road signs in Shiga fell over due to age. 5 of them hurt a passing car/human. Shiga has 84,000 road signs.
2015/11/11 2:12 The “Ore, ore” (“It’s me”) scams in 2015 have defrauded 83 people in Shiga for a record ¥370 million+ as of Oct. 31.
2015/11/11 23:37 Rare find of Edo Period ruins in Lake Biwako
2015/11/13 16:33 Replacing the old Heiwado on Nagahama Station’s east side will be a new multi-purpose low-rise complex w/shops, etc., opening in April 2017.
2015/11/17 17:35 Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi announced that she will be seeking reelection. She faces 2 other independent candidates on election day next Jan. 17.
2015/11/18 8:16 Omi-Hachiman native & Living National Treasure, artist Shimura Fukumi 志村ふくみ received the Order of Culture on Nov. 3.
2015/11/20 2:33 40% of playground equipment in Shiga’s 600 parks are over 20 years old. In April, a girl was hurt riding a swing in Otsu that broke.
2015/11/24 9:23 Otsu-e artist Tanaka Kokei is having an exhibition at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine’s Hiyoshi Kaikan 9:30 am–4 pm until Nov. 28. Impressive I heard!
2015/11/24 12:41 Saimyoji’s resident priest reported yesterday that a 50-cm sword was stolen from a Buddha statue’s hands inside the Hondo main hall in Kora.
2015/11/25 10:39 Due to this year’s fatal kite crash, the giant kite will not fly at the 2016 Higashi-Omi Giant Kite Festival if it is held.
2015/11/25 10:43 A giant, red Xmas boot has appeared on the west side of Kusatsu Station in front of Estopia Hotel. Till Dec. 25.
2015/12/4 10:40 Resigned: Shiga policeman in his 20s for stealing his dorm’s microwave and middle-age police staff for shoplifting at an Otsu supermarket.
2015/12/4 10:48 English version video by ANA showing nice drone shots of Shiga and some local food.
2015/12/15 4:37 Falsified pile construction data has been found in 4 buildings (大津商業高校、長浜の看護専門学校、栗東の川辺県営住宅、草津増圧ポンプ場) built in the last 10 years in Shiga.
2015/12/15 4:42 Japan Pile Corp. (ジャパンパイル) & Nippon Concrete Industries (日本コンクリート工業) falsified the pile construction data for the 4 buildings in Shiga.
2015/12/15 4:52 Handa Kojun (半田孝淳), the Tendai Zasu Abbot in Enryakuji, died on Dec. 14 at age 98. He was the 1st Tendai head to visit Koya-san officially.
2015/12/15 5:00 An Oregon man returned a Japanese flag that belonged to a WWII soldier from HigashiOmi who died at age 21 in the Philippines in June 1945.
2015/12/17 21:51 Otsu Station building is slated to reopen in fall 2016 with a 60-bed capsule hotel targeting foreigners, restaurants, cafe, outdoor terrace.
2015/12/17 21:53 Hikone saw its first snow of the season on Dec. 17, 4 days later than usual and 11 days later than last year. Daytime temperature was 9.9ËšC.
2015/12/18 11:51 Snow dusted the Hira mountains today for the first time this season, 29 days later than usual and 16 days later than last year.
2015/12/23 10:59 Disappointed that Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square in Tokyo displays & sells nothing from Shiga.
2015/12/27 13:06 都内に滋賀のアンテナショップがないこと、とてもがっかり。交通会館にある「ゆめぷらざ滋賀」もダメですね。お土産らしきのものが置いてない。信楽焼もない。。。

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