Yamabiko Yusui one of Japan’s 100 Best Spring Waters

On June 5, 2008, the Ministry of the Environment announces Japan’s 100 Best Spring Waters of the Heisei Era (平成の名水百選) and four of them are in Shiga Prefecture including one in Aisho-cho: Yamabiko Yusui (山比古湧水) in Matsuo-dera. The 100 locations were selected based on the water’s quality, volume, and how well it was used and preserved by the community.

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Echigawa Public Library wins “Library of the Year” award

On Dec. 12, 2007, the Echigawa Public Library 愛知川図書館 won the “Library of the Year” Award from among 5,000 libraries in Japan. The date was also the library’s 7th anniversary. The library staff was praised for having field-specific expertise (museum curation, education, etc.) and being active in promoting and vitalizing the town. The library opened on Dec. 12, 2000. It has 165,000 books and lent out over 230,000 books during 2006. For a town of 20,000 people, these are very high figures. Google Map

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