Nagahama’s Ando House closes

On March 31, 2008, the Ando House 北国街道 安藤家, a Japanese-style house built in 1905, was closed in central Nagahama. The house was rented from the Ando family by the city of Nagahama and operated as a tourist attraction for 10 years until it was closed. The city could not recoup the annual expense of over 7 million yen and was operating the house in the red. The city decided not to renew the lease. The Ando family was one of the local administrators of Nagahama while Toyotomi Hideyoshi was the Nagahama Castle lord. Update: The Ando House reopened in

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Hokuriku Line sees little passenger increase

The Hokuriku Main Line running from Maibara Station to Tsuruga Station in Fukui Pref. converted to direct current power in Oct. 2006, enabling trains to run directly from Kyoto all the way to Tsuruga. Passengers no longer have to change trains at Maibara or Nagahama Station when going beyond Nagahama. Anticipating a substantial increase in visitors, the train stations along the line built new station buildings. However, by March 2008, the passenger increase was only 0.5 percent, far below the target 14% increase.

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Rowing with Imazu Jr. High School Rowing Club

On Aug. 8, 2007, I went rowing on Biwako (琵琶湖周航) with the Imazu Jr. High School Rowing Club from Nagahama to Imazu. It was a very hot and sunny day with little wind. Almost 50 club members and three teachers went on this rowing trip. I was allowed to join them. Every Aug., they row from Imazu to Nagahama, stopover in Nagahama, and row back to Imazu. This year, they couldn’t row from Imazu to Nagahama due to high waves. So on Aug. 7, they took a bus to Nagahama and stayed overnight. They used six rowing boats including two

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Ishida Mitsunari’s birthplace

I visited Ishida Mitsunari’s birthplace in Ishida, Nagahama. There are a few monuments and a shrine dedicated to him. I didn’t have time to visit nearby Kan’onji though, where he gave tea to Hideyoshi. The place is a short bus ride from Nagahama Station. Google Map Pictures: https://photoguide.jp/pix/thumbnails.php?album=468 When you think of Mitsunari, you also think about Sekigahara. I also visited the Sekigahara battlefield. Many monuments, mostly within walking distance from Sekigahara Station, but quite spread out all over. https://photoguide.jp/pix/index.php?cat=227 I also saw the new Nagahama Station for the first time. Very nice, but the waiting room is too small.

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