COVID-19 in Shiga Prefecture

COVID-19 Status in Shiga As of Sept. 15, 2021 (JST) Total Confirmed Cases: 11,878 (Mutant virus cases: ) Active cases: 204 Discharged from hospital: Hospital bed occupancy: 57.5% Total Deaths: 98 COVID-19 in Shiga – Curated tweets by ShigaHeadlines City/Town COVID-19 Cases COVID-19 Deaths Aisho 121 ? Higashi-Omi 827 ? Hikone 768 ? Hino 99 ? Koka 858 1? Konan 486 ? Kora 28 ? Kusatsu 1,361 1? Maibara 208 ? Moriyama 524 ? Nagahama 721 ? Omi-Hachiman 487 ? Otsu 3821 2? Ritto 594 1? Ryuo 53 ? Taga 30 ? Takashima 274 ? Toyosato 67 ? Yasu 359

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Shiga Prefecture Hazard Maps

The recent massive flooding in Western Japan from Kyushu to Gifu has made many of us living in Japan check the vulnerability of our own homes to severe flooding. One way to do this is to check the hazard maps published by local governments. As listed below, Shiga Prefecture has published online hazard maps for floods, landslides, earthquakes, and nuclear power plant radiation leakage. The hazard areas are color-coded and quite detailed (you can zoom in and scroll around your neighborhood). The green “running man” icon indicates refuge areas (parks, schools, etc.). All the hazard maps are in Japanese only,

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Shiga Prefecture Videos

Updated: June 17, 2020 Organized index of my videos of Shiga Prefecture on YouTube. I currently have about 90 Shiga videos on my YouTube channel (photojpn). Mostly matsuri festivals. Links go directly to YouTube. Videos by City and Town Aisho-cho Videos | Higashi-Omi Videos | Hikone Videos | Hino-cho Videos | Koka Videos | Konan Videos | Kora-cho Videos | Kusatsu Videos | Maibara Videos | Moriyama Videos | Nagahama Videos | Omi-Hachiman Videos | Otsu Videos | Ritto Videos | Ryuo-cho Videos | Taga-cho Videos | Takashima Videos | Toyosato-cho Videos | Yasu Videos Latest and Most Popular Videos NEW! Shigaraki Fire Festival 信楽火まつり・紫香楽太鼓

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Shiga Prefecture at Tourism Expo Japan 2014

Updated: Sept. 30, 2014 Great fun and entertainment at the huge Tourism Expo Japan trade show held on September 27-28, 2014 for the public at Tokyo Big Sight. The expo had tourist booths from all 47 prefectures and 150 countries. A great place to pick up travel information, ask travel/sightseeing questions, see traditional Japanese crafts, and enjoy dances and entertainment from around Japan and the world. For the first time this year, they combined the domestic travel fair and the international travel showcase to create this new trade show. So it’s now one of the world’s largest travel/tourism trade shows. About 150,000 attended the expo (admission

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Pharrell Williams HAPPY – From Lake Biwa

Video link: http://youtu.be/FKchoOLG2TY Pharrell Williams scored a huge hit with his song Happy last autumn. It has since become a worldwide phenomenon with people in cities around the world making street dance videos with the song. Pretty amazing. The videos show a good bit of the respective locality along with some great dancers. The vids were inspired by Pharrell’s own music video which is the world’s first 24-hour music video with Happy played repeatedly for 24 hours. Fortunately, we can pause and resume the video at will. I’m not one who usually gets on a faddish bandwagon, but I immediately recognized Happy’s PR potential for local destinations. So I

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Shiga Governor Yukiko Kada’s reelection prospects 2014

Updated May 7, 2014 Update: Gov. Yukiko Kada announced on May 7, 2014 that she will not run for a third term as governor of Shiga Prefecture. She will instead support Mikazuki Taizo (三日月 大造) who plans to run. There’s now only a 50-50 chance that Shiga Governor Yukiko Kada will seek reelection to a third term on July 13, 2014, election day. Despite her massive popularity among voters, it’s no longer a no-brainer decision for her to run. We will have to wait until May 7, 2014 when she will announce whether or not she will run. On April 29, 2014, the Yomiuri and

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Lake Biwa Museum video

My video about Lake Biwa Museum in Kusatsu and Lake Biwa. My longest video yet at 1 hr. 6 min. I try to make my videos as short as possible, but I had to make an exception when it came to this museum and Shiga’s most prominent natural feature. But it’s a video so you can pause and resume playback at your convenience. Video link: http://youtu.be/WKvSP9zmnb8 (Also see links to specific segments below.) For this video, I visited the museum three times last year. A short bus ride from JR Kusatsu Station. Open 9:30 am – 5 pm, closed Mon. and the

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Introducing Shiga Headlines on Twitter

Happy to announce that I’ve finally opened a Twitter account for shiga-ken.com. It’s called Shiga Headlines and anybody can read my tweets (Twitter posts) without joining Twitter. Shiga Headlines is my microblog for quick and short posts (140 characters or less) about Shiga Prefecture (news from mainstream media), shiga-ken.com updates (What’s New), and my Shiga activities. I will be tweeting (posting) things of interest that are too short for Shiga News and things I want to post right away. It will be mainly in English, and sometimes Japanese. (I can say a lot more in Japanese since it uses fewer

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