New Year’s worshippers in Shiga

The Shiga Prefectural Police Department has estimated that 1.31 million people will pray at shrines and temples in Shiga during the first three days of 2012. This is more than New Year’s in 2011. Going to pray at a shrine or temple during New Year’s is called hatsumode (初詣). Shiga’s most popular shrines during New Year’s and the estimated number of worshippers during the first three days of the 2012 have been announced as follows: 1. Taga Taisha Shrine (多賀大社) in Taga, next to Hikone, 470,000 worshippers 2. Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine (長浜八幡宮) in Nagahama, 150,000 worshippers 3. Omi Jingu Shrine (近江神宮)

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More spring festivals in Shiga

During this rainy season, I’m staying at home to sort through the thousands of photos I took in Shiga during spring. Here are a few more festivals in Shiga which I photographed during spring. Sanno Matsuri held by Hiyoshi Taisha in Otsu (Part 1 and 2): Video link Part 1: http://youtu.be/ZwaS6fxHhb0 Video link Part 2: http://youtu.be/waDS12Umx5E Sanno Matsuri photos: Sanno-sai Festival 山王祭 Minakuchi Hikiyama Matsuri is a festival of floats paraded during April 19-20: Video link: http://youtu.be/qVIMVXchZXI Minakuchi Hikiyama Matsuri photos here. Kenketo Matsuri in Ryuo (Photos here): Video link: http://youtu.be/isdfpgLUa54 Naginata Odori in Moriyama (Photos here): Video link: http://youtu.be/1-Ti5JQTt_o Taga Matsuri (Photos here): Video link: http://youtu.be/M_Gg3rMEex4

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Taga Taisha Setsubun

On Feb. 3, 2009, I went to see Setsubun mame-maki at Taga Taisha Shrine in Taga for the first time. They had an Oni demon dance group from Shimane-ken to act as the oni. They wore a gorgeous costume and they were the best-looking oni I ever saw for Setsubun. See my video and photos: Video link: http://youtu.be/41epqjNMG8s Photos: https://photoguide.jp/pix/thumbnails.php?album=727

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Rice-planting festivals in Yasu and Taga

I went to see two rice-planting festivals in Shiga, for the first time. The first one was in Yasu on May 25, 2008. It’s held on the fourth Sunday in May in a sacred rice paddy near Mikami Shrine. Women and men in colorful costumes plant rice seedlings accompanied by singing, taiko drumming, and dancing. Started at 10 am with a Shinto ceremony, then the rice planting was held from 10:30 am to 11 am. The rice paddy is called Yuki Saiden (悠紀斎田記念田) which was the used to produce the rice used for the Showa Emperor Hirohito’s accession to the

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Taga-cho’s awful English Web pages

I’m checking all the official Web sites for all of Shiga’s cities and towns. A few towns have English pages.  Taga-cho has English pages, but unfortunately, they used automated (software) translation. The English is very bad, the worst in Shiga.  http://www.tagatown.jp/frames/e-site.html  However, the Board of Education has a separate page with the title:  「多賀を世界に発信プロジェクト」  http://www.tagatown.jp/educate/Introduce_taga/  It is a good idea for a project, and they have English descriptions of sightseeing spots in Taga-cho. The English is not bad. Probably one of their ALTs helped with the English.  They need to make English links though, and coordinate or integrate with the

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