Otsu-e paintings then and now

Anyone who visits Otsu will sooner or later see an Otsu-e painting (大津絵). It can be a picture of an ogre (oni), wisteria…

Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan

Last month in September 2015, I got a sneak peek and taste of a new Japanese dining experience that will start later this month…

Shiga Prefecture Videos

Updated: June 17, 2020 Organized index of my videos of Shiga Prefecture on YouTube. I currently have about 90 Shiga videos on my YouTube channel (photojpn). Mostly…

Zensuiji showing hidden Buddha

Zensuiji is one of the three Tendai Buddhist temples (called Konan Sanzan 湖南三山) in Konan, Shiga Prefecture designated as a National Treasure. The…

Otsu Matsuri karakuri puppets

Video link: http://youtu.be/52tjGe470eA In 2018, the Otsu Matsuri Festival will be held on Oct. 6th and 7th, 2018 (Sat. and Sun.). Embedded above is…

Pharrell Williams HAPPY – From Lake Biwa

Video link: http://youtu.be/FKchoOLG2TY Pharrell Williams scored a huge hit with his song Happy last autumn. It has since become a worldwide phenomenon with people…

Top 20 train stations in Shiga Prefecture

Updated: Mar. 21, 2022滋賀県の一番美しい駅舎 〜心に残る駅舎〜 The train station is a major gateway to the local area, and it may give first-time visitors their first…

Shiga Food and Crafts Fair in Tokyo

Video link: http://youtu.be/aYVMeAMgaW8 My short video of the Omi-ten Shiga Prefecture Food and Crafts Fair (第26回 琵琶湖夢街道大近江展) held at Takashimaya Dept. Store in Nihonbashi,…
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