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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Azuchi’s English Web site

I think Azuchi-cho is the town with the best official English pages in Shiga. http://www.town.azuchi.shiga.jp/en/It’s not complete yet, but their introduction of sightseeing places is good. The English is good, the page design is attractive, and they also include the kanji characters and furigana for the temple names, etc. I like Azuchi-cho. Many sights to see there, besides Azuchi Castle ruins. Lots of water and canals. The Nobunaga Matsuri in spring was also enjoyable. For a local town festival, it was a grand event with a daimyo gyoretsu, matchlock gun firing, and boat rides in the moat.

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Shiga Kenjinkai 滋賀県人会

I found out that there is a Shiga Kenjinkai in Tokyo and other places. So today, I called the Kenjinkai office in Tokyo and asked about the organization. The secretary was new so she could not answer many of my questions. She told me that they have a Web site, but very simple one and she didn’t know the URL! (I could not find any official Web site though.) They hold two meetings (総会) a year and there is also a 世界大会. I found this news article about the Shiga Kenjinkai in Nagoya. http://chubu.yomiuri.co.jp/tokushu/ziman/ziman050518_1.htm They even had a meeting in

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Ritto shinkansen station debate

A hot debate still continues over the shinkansen train station in Ritto. It is the hottest topic in the Shiga community in mixi, still continuing for almost a year. There seems to be many more people opposed to the shinkansen station than supporting it. The Shiga government did not allow Shiga citizens to vote yes or no, probably because they were afraid that they would lose. Well, the gubernatorial election in July proved that most people are opposed to it. But there are still people pushing for the station. The construction industry is very powerful in Japan. But I hope

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About Hikone

After Otsu, Hikone is Shiga’s second most famous city. Hikone Castle is one of only four castle towers (tenshukaku) in Japan which are National Treasures (others are Himeji, Matsumoto, and Inuyama). (Nijo Castle is also a National Treasure, but it has no castle tower, only the palace building which is magnificent.) Next to Hikone Castle is Genkyu-en Garden. It’s a small garden, but nice enough to visit. In 1980, there was a popular mini TV series called “Shogun” which aired in the US. It starred Richard Chamberlain, Shimada Yoko, and Mifune Toshiro. It was a great series based on the

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Kyoto Shimbun’s English articles about Shiga

Did you know that Kyoto Shimbun has a collection of English articles? Most of them are about Kyoto, but there are some about Shiga. Here are articles about Nagahama by Kyoto Shimbun:  Kohoku Region Tourist Booklet  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/2006jun/06-10.html Guidebook for Kazutoyo-Chiyo Exhibition  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/2005dec/12-23.html  Tourist Grape Farm  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/2006aug/08-11.html  Bonsai plum tree exhibition (Bonbai)  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/2006jan/01-31.html  Other articles in English  http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/topics/eng/eng.html  Unfortunately, most newspapers will delete old articles so we cannot view them after 1 month or so. The Japan Times has some good articles about Shiga, but we cannot freely access them. I’m not sure how long these Kyoto Shimbun articles will stay

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Komyo ga Tsuji

Is everyone watching “Komyo ga Tsuji,” NHK’s Taiga Drama? I’m watching and enjoying it, but sometimes I miss a few episodes. When I miss an episode, I read the synopsis in English here so I can find out what happened: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Koumyou_ga_TsujiThis show has helped me understand a little more about Shiga’s history. I cannot understand everything they say, but it’s interesting. People overseas are lucky because they can watch the show with English subtitles. I liked Tachi Hiroshi as Nobunaga. Nakama Yukie is also good, but I wish a Shiga actress played Chiyo. Yukie is from Okinawa. Karasuma Setsuko is

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Yogo town for nuclear waste?

Uh-oh, looks like Shiga will have another big debate, probably bigger than the shinkansen station in Ritto. On Sept. 20, 2006, the mayor of Yogo-cho town again told the town assembly that he wants to accept highly radioactive nuclear waste for final disposal in Yogo. He said that it was important for Japan to find such a place. The large amount of money the town would receive for studies conducted for the disposal site would greatly help the cash-strapped town which forecasts a lot of red ink in the coming years. Shiga Governor Kada Yukiko is opposed to the plan,

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