CocoShiga in Tokyo

Updated: May 22, 2022 On October 29, 2017, Shiga Prefecture finally opened a full-fledged “antenna shop” in Tokyo named “COCOSHIGA” (ここ滋賀) in the…

Child Kabuki Festival at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

This afternoon on July 9, 2017, a joint child kabuki performance by actors from Asakusa (Tokyo) and Nagahama (Shiga Prefecture) was held at…

Shiga Prefecture postage stamps

I’m not really a stamp collector, but the Japan Post Office issues so many commemorative stamps and it’s such a major hobby that…

Olympic athletes from Shiga Prefecture in Rio de Janeiro

がんばれ!ニッポン! Updated: Aug. 20, 2016 The Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in Brazil will be held on August 5–21, 2016 (Paralympics on Sept. 7–18). Out of…

Nagahama Kannon exhibition in Tokyo 2016

Another rare and magnificent exhibition of Kannon statues from Nagahama is being held in Tokyo at The University Art Museum (東京藝術大学美術館), Tokyo University…

Biwako Nagahama Kannon House in Tokyo

Note: Biwako Nagahama Kannon House permanently closed on Oct. 31, 2020 amid the pandemic. The city of Nagahama boldly opened a little museum…

Buddhist altars made in Shiga Prefecture

Updated: May 7, 2017 Shiga Prefecture has three handicrafts officially designated as a “Traditional Craft” by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (経済産業大臣指定伝統的工芸品). “Traditional crafts” as…

Minpaku private home accommodations in Shiga

“Minpaku” (民泊) has become a buzzword in Japan since 2013. Minpaku are budget accommodations in private homes and condos, similar to bed and…
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