Ohmi Railways Hino Station revitalized

The town of Hino (日野町) in eastern Shiga Prefecture, Japan has always had an active movement to preserve or restore its traditional buildings,…

Videos of Golden Week festivals in Shiga

Golden Week is Japan’s spring vacation from late April to early May with a string of national holidays. April 29 is Showa Day,…

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…

Winter festivals Jan.-Feb. 2014 in Shiga

Updated: Feb. 27, 2014 After Japan’s biggest celebration called New Year’s, it’s back to work. But there’s still some fun left during this…

Summer 2013 festivals in Shiga Prefecture

Here are some of the many events and festivals in Shiga in summer 2013 (Web sites are in Japanese). If you want to…

Summer 2013 fireworks in Shiga Prefecture

Here’s the fireworks (hanabi) schedule for Shiga Prefecture in summer 2013 listed by date. If you want to see the schedule for 2013…

Shiga’s Top 10 festivals in April-May

UPDATE for 2022: Note that due to coronavirus, festivals can be canceled or scaled back. Check before you go. April is a great…

Miki Ito wins World Cup dual moguls

Congratulations to Miki Ito who won the World Cup dual moguls event today (Feb. 24, 2013) in Inawashiro, Fukushima. She is from Hino,…
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