Tonda bunraku puppet show

The renown Tonda bunraku puppet troupe in Nagahama will hold its summer performance on Aug. 1, 2010 at Lute Plaza in Nagahama. The show starts at 1:30 pm and includes four plays lasting about 2 hours. Advance tickets are 1,000 yen (1,200 yen at the door on Aug. 1). You can buy advance tickets by calling Lute Plaza (0749-72-5257) and reserving a ticket. You can pay for the reserved ticket at the door on Aug. 1. Tickets are also available at Lute Plaza, Azai Bunka Hall, Nagahama Bunka Geijutsu Kaikan, Hikiyama Hakubutsukan Museum, and Keibun. (リュートプラザ、浅井文化ホール、長浜文化芸術会館、曳山博物館、KEIBUN) The Tonda puppet troupe

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Nagahama sightseeing map in English

An NPO in Nagahama called Machizukuri Yakuba created a sightseeing map of Nagahama in English. The A3-size black-and-white map is available at the tourist info counter at Nagahama Station and at Nagahama hotels and ryokan inns. The back of the map has a guide to Nagahama hotels and ryokan inns and the ferry schedule to Chikubushima. The Northern Shiga Kohoku Sightseeing Federation sponsored the production of the map. They printed 5,000 copies.

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Congratulations to a new Nagahama!

長浜市 合併おめでとう! Today, Jan. 1, 2010, is when Nagahama became a new city upon its merger with six towns in northern Shiga: Torahime, Kohoku, Takatsuki, Kinomoto, Yogo, and Nishi-Azai. Congratulations to all the residents of these former towns on becoming citizens of Nagahama. With a population of 123,608 (as of Nov. 1, 2009), Nagahama is now Shiga’s third-most populous city after Otsu and Kusatsu. By area, Nagahama is now Shiga’s largest city covering a massive 539.48 ㎢ of land (680.79 ㎢ if you include Lake Biwa), larger than Takashima’s 511.36 ㎢. With the addition of the six former towns, Nagahama boasts

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Shiga History 2009

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s news bits for January-December 2009. Compiled by Philbert Ono. March 1, 2009: Hikone Prince Hotel is renamed Hikone View Hotel (彦根ビューホテル) upon the change of the hotel ownership from Prince Hotels to a Tokyo-based company called Study, Co., Ltd. The hotel is now part of the Itoen Hotel Group. March 2009: The six northern Shiga towns of Torahime, Kohoku, Takatsuki, Kinomoto, Yogo, and Nishi-Azai (虎姫、湖北、高月、木之本、余呉、西浅井) took steps to merge with the city of Nagahama on Jan. 1, 2010. The proposed merger was approved by the prefectural government. Mar. 4, 2009: Caffee (キャッフィー), the mascot character used

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Tonda bunraku puppet show on Dec. 6

人形浄瑠璃「冨田人形」秋公演 The highly-acclaimed Tonda Ningyo Bunraku puppet troupe based in Nagahama will stage their autumn puppet show on Dec. 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm at Lute Plaza in Biwa-cho. Tickets are only 1,000 yen for non-reserved seats (free for kids under high school age). Reserve a ticket by calling Lute Plaza at 0749-72-5257. Tickets will also be sold at the door from 1 pm. The Hikiyama Museum in Nagahama also sells tickets. Four plays will be performed: 東海道中膝栗毛 鬼一法眼三略巻 傾城阿波の鳴門 団子売り A shuttle bus for Lute Plaza will leave Nagahama Station’s West exit (Nishi-guchi which faces the lake) at 12:30

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Rowing lessons for 5th graders at Nagahama

From June 2 to late Oct. 2009, Nagahama will host about 7,500 fifth graders from 147 elementary schools in Shiga for rowing lessons as part of the Lake Biwa hands-on experience program (体験学習). This is the first time rowing has been added to the program. They are using a 5-meter boat seating 8 people to row off the shore of Nagahama. On June 2, the first day, 160 students from four schools rowed while trying to coordinate their rowing timing. I think they should also start singing Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) either during or after the

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Smoking banned in central Nagahama

禁煙 From June 1, 2009, smoking on the streets in and around Kurokabe Square in Nagahama is banned. Smoking is banned along the main shopping arcades in central Nagahama, including Otemon-dori, the Daitsuji temple area, and the Ekimae-dori main road from Nagahama Station heading east (toward the mountains). Smoking is banned in a total of 5 km of streets in central Nagahama. Signs and stickers are posted on the streets to inform people of the smoking ban. However, there are five designated places where smokers can smoke. Look on the map. Otherwise, you may be fined up to 11,999 yen

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Chawan Matsuri at Yogo on May 4, 2009

Yogo town, home of Lake Yogo in northern Shiga, held an unusual festival called the Chawan Matsuri or Teacup Festival. It’s been 6 years since it was last held in 2003. It supposed to be held every 3 years, but depopulation and the lack of funds and young people has threatened the continuation of the festival. It was a very impressive festival with a variety of colorful attractions. Definitely was the best Golden Week festival I saw in Shiga. The festival started centuries ago when a potter living in Yogo (上丹生) offered teacups to the gods at Niu Shrine in

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