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Snow Cruise on Lake Biwa

Besides skiing, what else can we do in Shiga in winter? Let me suggest a snow cruise on Lake Biwa. After a snowfall,…

Otsu News

Compilation of recent Otsu news from shiga-ken.com’s Shiga Headlines on Twitter. If the embedded timeline is not displayed below, access it directly at Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ShigaHeadlines/timelines/1357002000718729218…

Monster Centipede on Mt. Mikami

Tawara-no-Tota Hidesato Slaying the Giant Centipede俵藤太秀郷ムカデ退治(俵藤太物語) Adapted in English by Philbert Ono based on an old folktale. Once upon a time during Japan’s…

YUtour, tour guide extraordinaire in Shiga Prefecture

by Philbert Ono, photos courtesy of Seita Mori and selected by Philbert Ono It’s about time I introduce YUtour (悠ツアー), a licensed tour…

Autumn festivals and foliage November 2017 in Shiga Prefecture

Recommended festivals (matsuri), events, exhibitions, and fall leaves in Shiga Prefecture in November–December 2017. (Most official Web sites are in Japanese only.) Compiled…

Biwako Shuko no Uta 100th Anniversary

June 2017 was the 100th anniversary of Biwako Shuko no Uta (琵琶湖周航の歌 aka Lake Biwa Rowing Song), Shiga’s most famous song and one…
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Renovated Otsu Station building reopens

After a few years of uncertainty and about a year of major renovations, a new lease on life has been bestowed on the JR…

Otsu-e paintings then and now

Anyone who visits Otsu will sooner or later see an Otsu-e painting (大津絵). It can be a picture of an ogre (oni), wisteria…
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