Higashi-Omi has no English Web site for sightseeing

Imagine that your friends from overseas will visit you in Higashi-Omi. How would you explain or introduce your city in English? The city hall’s Web site has some English pages introducing Higashi-Omi. The English is good quality so you can give them this URL:  http://www.city.higashiomi.shiga.jp/outside/English/  However, they still don’t have any English info about sightseeing and festivals in Higashi-Omi. (In Japanese only.) And I tried to search for information about sights in HigashiOmi explained in English and it seems only my Web page comes up.  https://photoguide.jp/txt/Higashiomi%2C_Shiga  However, it’s still not finished. I’m still working on it. If you want to

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NHK Radio Asaichi-ban

A radio program named “Radio Asaichi-ban” will start at 5:18 am. Later at 5:45 am, they will have a segment called “Furusato Asaichi Report” for 5 min. They will introduce my English version of 「琵琶湖周航の歌」(Lake Biwa Rowing Song). A reporter in Takashima-shi will introduce the song and play it. I won’t appear on the show though. If you are awake that early, please tune in. http://www.nhk.or.jp/radiodir/shou/asa/asa.html周波数案内 http://www.nhk.or.jp/res/tvres5/h50302.htm 2006年9月25日にNHKラジオ第一放送の「ラジオあさいちばん」という早朝の番組の「ふるさとあさいちリポート」のコーナーで午前5:45に「琵琶 湖周航の歌」の英語版が5分間ほど紹介されます。私が作った英語版です。レポーターは高島市の方です。私は番組に出演しません。全国放送。

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Young woman farmer in Kohoku-cho

I just found an interesting article in English about a 27-year-old woman who has taken over a large farm in Kohoku-cho. Her name is Tanaka Sayuri and her farm is Kizu Noen. The article is here: http://www.stella-web.jp/en/interview/tanaka01.html (link broken) There will be Part 2 of the interview later.I also found a Japanese version: http://www.nca.or.jp/shinbun/20060825/agri060825.html Her blog: http://yanmar-sayurifarm.com/ (link broken) 田中小有里 木津農園

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How to spell 東近江?

When Higashiomi was first established, I wondered how they would spell the name of the city. I thought that “Higashi-Omi” would be the best way to spell it. However, I see that the city hall is spelling it “Higashiomi” as one word, which I think is the worse way to spell it. Some people might pronounce it as Higashio-mi or Higa-shiomi” instead. It should be like Omi-Hachiman with two words to make the pronunciation easier to recognize.

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Otsu’s summer festivals

For the first time, I went to see the Otsu Natsu Matsuri last month. I was surprised to see the new Shiga Governor Yukiko Kada. I got a good picture of her dancing too: https://photoguide.jp/pix/displayimage.php?album=369&pos=13 I also went to see the Biwako Fireworks for the first time. I was very upset by the many barriers and walls they put up near Hama-Otsu. That whole area was for reserved spectator seats. They were charging 2,000 yen or more. So we had to walk all the way to the free area toward the Prince Hotel. The fireworks was good, but I left

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Biwako Shuko no Uta videos

I found a few videos at YouTube for this song in Japanese. My favorite is one of John Denver singing the song with Minami Kosetsu and Kato Tokiko in Shiga in 1984 (after Country Roads): This nice video (2 parts) was made by Kyoto Univ. Rowing Club’s OB in Dec. 2006. It is a mixture of still photos and movies. Many of the photos were taken by me. You can see my name in the credits in the end: This is Baisho Chieko singing the song. Looks like during the 1970s. (Probably illegal uploading.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALIuou3mE48 This is a video I

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Tsuchiyama, Koka and Shinagawa, Tokyo

Last weekend, I went to visit Shinagawa-juku 品川宿 in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo for the first time. Shinagawa was the first post town 宿場 on the Tokaido Road. Shinagawa-juku is near Shinagawa Station. In Shiga, there are many shukuba-machi like Kusatsu , Minakuchi , and Samegai because we have the Nakasendo and Tokaido passing through. I’ve visited most of them and most of them have some shukuba-like traditional buildings such as the impressive Honjin guesthouse in Kusatsu. So when I visited Shinagawa-juku, I was disappointed to see that there was nothing traditional. Everything was very modern and it looks like any ordinary street in Japan. But the people in Shinagawa-juku

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