Kohoku towns slated to merge with Nagahama

On March 3, 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) signed a letter of agreement (協定書に調印) to merge with the city of Nagahama on Jan. 1, 2010. The letter signing was witnessed by Governor Yukiko Kada who gave her blessing to the proposed merger. By March 17, 2009, all the town councils and the Nagahama city council passed a bill to merge. They will then submit an application to merge to Shiga Prefecture for approval. On March 25, Governor Kada will submit a bill to the prefectural assembly to  approve the merger. This merger was

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Shiga-born cormorants found in Kumamoto

Japan’s largest kawau cormorant colony is found in Lake Biwa. These birds are flying off from Shiga and spreading over a wide area. Kawau cormorants from Lake Biwa have been found in Kumamoto in Kyushu, over 580 km away, the furthest distance away confirmed so far. Previously, the furthest away where they were found was in Chiba. Seven years ago, foot rings were attached to cormorants born on Chikubushima island. A bird wearing such a ring was found in Sagara village in Kumamoto Pref. in Sept. 2008. The problem is that Shiga is too poor to effectively eliminate these fish-depleting

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Shooting 70,000 cormorants in Shiga

NHK TV Otsu reported that from April 2009, Shiga will restart the culling of cormorant birds called kawau. They found that the kawau population in Shiga has almost doubled since last year to a whopping 74,000 birds. Most of them live on Chikubushima island where they have devastated the trees with their droppings and nests. The once picturesque and lush green island is going bald and brown. Shiga wants to reduce the kawau population to 4,000 birds in 5 years. Wow, where will all those dead birds go? In the lake??

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More photos of Takatsuki

A major update for my Takatsuki-cho page:  https://photoguide.jp/txt/Takatsuki-cho,_Shiga  You can see that I visited Amenomori Hoshu-an museum. If you are interested in Japan-Korean relations, visit this museum. Nishino Water Tunnel was also interesting. The tunnel has cool air, good place to cool off in summer. Also Google Map of Takatsuki:  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=105501786212832952601.000442bb566771db7e066&z=13&om=0

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Hayazaki (Hayasaki) Naiko Biotope

I recently visited Hayazaki Naiko Biotope 早崎内湖ビオトープ in Nagahama and talked with a local NPO taking care of it. Hayazaki (Hayasaki) Naiko was a small lake or lagoon north of Oku-Biwa Sports no Mori. In 1970, it was reclaimed (filled in) and turned into rice paddies. About half of Biwako’s naiko (attached lakes) were reclaimed right after the war to increase rice production. However, we now have enough rice, and the rice paddies at Hayasaki Naiko are very hard to farm due to the water level being lower than Biwako. The farmers have problems finding a successor and the old

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Nagahama, one of Japan’s 100 Best Spring Waters

*On June 5, 2008, the Ministry of the Environment announced 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 Nagahama: Dorai Shozu (堂来清水) in Takayama-cho. 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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