Setsubun Festivals in Shiga Prefecture

February 3 is the Setsubun Festival at many temples and shrines in Japan. It marks the beginning of spring (Feb. 4) according to…

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…

Winter festivals Jan.-Feb. 2014 in Shiga

Updated: Feb. 27, 2014 After Japan’s biggest celebration called New Year’s, it’s back to work. But there’s still some fun left during this…

New Year’s Day 2014 at Taga Taisha

Video link: http://youtu.be/A-m4MmvLVsg Today on Jan. 1, 2014, I visited Taga Taisha Shrine to photograph the crowds and film the sacred dances. It…

Summer 2013 festivals in Shiga Prefecture

Here are some of the many events and festivals in Shiga in summer 2013 (Web sites are in Japanese). If you want to…

Shiga’s Top 10 festivals in April-May

UPDATE for 2022: Note that due to coronavirus, festivals can be canceled or scaled back. Check before you go. April is a great…

Summer 2012 in Shiga Prefecture

Japan has re-entered the age of nuclear power, starting with Shiga’s backyard. Despite widespread opposition, the Japanese government has given the green light…

Setsubun at Taga Taisha Shrine

February 3 is the Setsubun Festival at many temples and shrines in Japan. It marks the beginning of spring according to the lunar…
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