Breaking news: Swine flu hits Shiga, schools closed

On the morning of May 20, 2009, Shiga’s first case of swine flu has been confirmed. A 23-year-old male student at the Biwako-Kusatsu campus…

Shiga LakeStars end 2008-09 season in 5th place

I enjoyed watching Shiga LakeStars games even though they didn’t do so well during their debut 2008-09 season ending up in 5th place with…

Daidogawa Dam construction to be frozen

On Mar. 31, 2009, in a rare turnabout of policy, the Construction and Transport Ministry announced that it would freeze construction of Daidogawa…

Major sponsor exits Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon

Held annually for 64 times since 1946, the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon is losing a major sponsor after March 1, 2009. Kyoto-based electronic parts…

Otsu Matsuri

Held on Oct. 11-12, 2008, this is another major float festival in Shiga where they display and pull ornate floats along the city…

Shiga LakeStars debut game

On Oct. 11, 2008, I went to see the pro debut game of the Shiga LakeStars pro basketball team in Otsu’s Shiga Prefectural…

Monkeys plague Sakamoto, Otsu

Wild Japanese monkeys have been invading residential areas in Sakamoto in western Otsu, making a mess of backyard gardens. Saikyoji temple‘s cemetary is…

Biwako Bunkakan shuts down on March 31, 2008

The Lake Biwa Cultural Museum (Biwako Bunkakan 琵琶湖文化館), shaped like a castle on the shore of Lake Biwa in Otsu, closed on March…
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