Jizo-in temple

Hisashi-buri I went to Kinomoto. They have a nice, spanking-new train station which opened at the same time as Nagahama’s station in Oct. 2006. I was impressed by Jizo-in temple. Very interesting. You’ll love it if you like frogs. Kinomoto is also where Yamauchi Kazutoyo bought his famous horse with his wife’s money. There were signs for it. Google Map Pictures: https://photoguide.jp/pix/index.php?cat=172

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Shiga History 2006

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s news bits for January-December 2006. Compiled by Philbert Ono. January 1, 2006: Notogawa-cho and Gamo-cho towns merge with Higashi-Omi. January 8, 2006: NHK starts broadcasting its year-long “Taiga Drama” TV series called “Komyo ga Tsuji” featuring Shiga as the background in major parts of the period drama. February 13, 2006: Neighboring towns Azai-cho and Biwa-cho merge with Nagahama. February 17, 2006: Two kindergarten children, a boy and a girl, are stabbed to death numerous times in Nagahama by a 34-year-old Chinese housewife, Zheng Yongshan (鄭永善) (Japanese name Taniguchi Mie), as she was driving them (and her

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New Nagahama Station opens

The new JR Nagahama Station opened its doors on Oct. 14, 2006. The new station building has a retro look based on the very first Nagahama Station building which is now preserved as a nearby museum called Nagahama Railroad Square. This month, the JR Hokuriku Main Line switched to direct-current electrification between Nagahama Station and Tsuruga Station (Fukui), enabling faster shin-kaisoku trains to reach Shiga’s Hokuriku Line train stations (Torahime, Kawake, Takatsuki, Kinomoto, Yogo, Omi-Shiotsu Stations) directly from Kyoto. Before the switch, passengers had to transfer trains at Nagahama Station to go beyond Nagahama. Besides Nagahama Station, most of the other Hokuriku Line

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Kyoto Shimbun’s English articles about Shiga

Did you know that Kyoto Shimbun has a collection of English articles? Most of them are about Kyoto, but there are some about Shiga. Here are articles about Nagahama by Kyoto Shimbun:  Kohoku Region Tourist Booklet  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/2006jun/06-10.html Guidebook for Kazutoyo-Chiyo Exhibition  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/2005dec/12-23.html  Tourist Grape Farm  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/2006aug/08-11.html  Bonsai plum tree exhibition (Bonbai)  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/2006jan/01-31.html  Other articles in English  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/eng.html  Unfortunately, most newspapers will delete old articles so we cannot view them after 1 month or so. The Japan Times has some good articles about Shiga, but we cannot freely access them. I’m not sure how long these Kyoto Shimbun articles will stay

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Komyo ga Tsuji

Is everyone watching “Komyo ga Tsuji,” NHK’s Taiga Drama? I’m watching and enjoying it, but sometimes I miss a few episodes. When I miss an episode, I read the synopsis in English here so I can find out what happened: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Koumyou_ga_TsujiThis show has helped me understand a little more about Shiga’s history. I cannot understand everything they say, but it’s interesting. People overseas are lucky because they can watch the show with English subtitles. I liked Tachi Hiroshi as Nobunaga. Nakama Yukie is also good, but I wish a Shiga actress played Chiyo. Yukie is from Okinawa. Karasuma Setsuko is

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Yogo town for nuclear waste?

Uh-oh, looks like Shiga will have another big debate, probably bigger than the shinkansen station in Ritto. On Sept. 20, 2006, the mayor of Yogo-cho town again told the town assembly that he wants to accept highly radioactive nuclear waste for final disposal in Yogo. He said that it was important for Japan to find such a place. The large amount of money the town would receive for studies conducted for the disposal site would greatly help the cash-strapped town which forecasts a lot of red ink in the coming years. Shiga Governor Kada Yukiko is opposed to the plan,

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Young woman farmer in Kohoku-cho

I just found an interesting article in English about a 27-year-old woman who has taken over a large farm in Kohoku-cho. Her name is Tanaka Sayuri and her farm is Kizu Noen. The article is here: http://www.stella-web.jp/en/interview/tanaka01.html (link broken) There will be Part 2 of the interview later.I also found a Japanese version: http://www.nca.or.jp/shinbun/20060825/agri060825.html Her blog: http://yanmar-sayurifarm.com/ (link broken) 田中小有里 木津農園

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