Shiga History 2007

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s news bits for January-December 2007. Compiled by Philbert Ono. March 21, 2007: Hikone Castle celebrates its 400th anniversary with an 8-month-long festival lasting until Nov. 25, 2007. Three castle structures (Umaya horse stable, Tenbin Yagura turret, and Nishinomaru Sanju-yagura turret), normally closed to the public, are open to the public during the festival period. Official mascot Hiko-nyan (a helmeted cat) soon becomes nationally popular. May 5, 2007: At the Expoland amusement park in Suita, Osaka, the Fujin Raijin II roller coaster derails, killing Yoshino Kogawara, 19, from Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture. Nineteen others are injured. June 16,

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Shiga History 2006

Chronology of Shiga Prefecture’s news bits for January-December 2006. Compiled by Philbert Ono. January 1, 2006: Notogawa-cho and Gamo-cho towns merge with Higashi-Omi. January 8, 2006: NHK starts broadcasting its year-long “Taiga Drama” TV series called “Komyo ga Tsuji” featuring Shiga as the background in major parts of the period drama. February 13, 2006: Neighboring towns Azai-cho and Biwa-cho merge with Nagahama. February 17, 2006: Two kindergarten children, a boy and a girl, are stabbed to death numerous times in Nagahama by a 34-year-old Chinese housewife, Zheng Yongshan (鄭永善) (Japanese name Taniguchi Mie), as she was driving them (and her

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