Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

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カテゴリ:Shiga( 28 )

The Biwako Terrace

Although Shiga Prefectrue is located inwarm Kasai Area, it has heavy snow in the winter. It is the exception.

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In the west side of Lake Biwa, there is BiwakoValley. It is a popular place for skiing, and only winter season was theirseason, but………

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The Biwako Terrace opened last fall, sothat we can enjoy the view.

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I went there on one of the holidays ofGolden Week.

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Nice Views!!!!!

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However, it’s definitely much better to gothere on weekdays, definitely not during the Golden Week. Too many people!!


http://www.biwako-valley.com/tips/biwako_terrace_en/




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by berry-raspberry | 2017-05-26 00:27 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Taga Shrine

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In Kojiki, the oldest Japanese history book filled with myths, the deities Izanagi and Izanami created the lands of Japan, and bore lots of deities that are enshrined all over Japan.
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Taga Shrine enshrines Izanagi and Izanami.
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There are the photos I took on March 21st.

There are some buildings from Edo era too.
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Taga-cho is in Shiga Prefecture, next to Hikone City.

Just across from the shrine, there is a quaint street of souvenir shops.
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Itokiri-mochi, a kind of sweets is their specialty.
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by berry-raspberry | 2014-04-28 23:59 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Nanamagari Street in Hikone City

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In Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, there is a street called “Nanamagari”, which means a street with 7 bending points.
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Hikone is an old castle town, and roads and streets are made to prevent enemies accessing to the castle. That is why there are still many bending and winding roads and streets in old castle towns in Japan, this street's shape remains almost the same as it used to be in Edo Era.
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This Nanamagari Street is known as Family Buddhist Alters’ place.
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There are shops which sells Buddhist alters and many of them have their own factories which last for a long time.
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(Buddhist alter and Hikonyans)


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by berry-raspberry | 2012-08-26 17:23 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Ohmi Merchants' Town, Gokasho

I introduced Ito Chubei’s house in Toyosato Town in Shiga Prefecture before. Ito Chubei was an Ohmi merchant who founded a big corporation, Ito-Chu Corporation.

There is a town called Gokasho on the east side of Lake Biwa in Shiga. From this town, a lot of Ohmi Merchants spread to all over Japan in Edo Period, and made good business.

I like Ohmi Merchants Policy. Their policy is that business should be good to themselves, their clients, and their society. They were not greedy..... like... you know.

There are old Ohimi Merchants housed remained in the town of Gokasho. I want to spend more time here next time.
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by berry-raspberry | 2012-03-22 18:11 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Snow in Shiga Prefecture

I haven't uploaded this blog for a long time.
Yeah, I've been busy and tried to adjust to my new schedule and work location.
But what I needed to do was organizing my mind and thoughts.

Well, I went to Shiga Prefecture yesterday. It was a holiday in Japan.
It's been very cold winter, and even in Osaka, it is still cold in late March.
We didn't have snow this time, however.

In Shiga, where there is a lot of snow, of course, there is snow remained on the mountains.
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Lake Biwa and Hira Mountains taken at Ohtsu
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Mt. Ibuki taken at southern part of Hikone
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by berry-raspberry | 2012-03-21 19:04 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Hikonyan in JR Hikone Station

This is Hikonyan, the most popular local character, known as "Yuru-kyara". Yuru means kind of soft, or loose, and Kyara means character. Yuru-kyara is very popular in Japan now.
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Hikonyan, a kind of a cat, is from Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. You can meet Hikonyan in Hikone.

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by berry-raspberry | 2011-12-18 19:11 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Ajiki Shrine in Toyosato-cho

Ajiki Shrine is in Toyosato-cho.
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It is said the name Ajiki is the one of Torai-jin. Torai-jin is the people who immigrated from the direction of the continent, like Korea, China, and even as far as Persia, from 4th to 7th century.

There came a lot of Torai jin in Kansai Area, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Shiga. They brought Japan advanced technologies, culture, and what they believed. There were a lot of Torai-jin living on the east side of Lake Biwa.
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Kansai Area was a very international place. They settled down in Japan and there should be a reason these Torai-jin did not return to their own places.

The architect of this shrine is the one of Edo Era, beginning of 19th century.
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The date when the shrine itself was founded is not sure. It was already exixted in the 10th century's record, but it is not sure when the garden was made.
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It is considered this is the early stage of Japanese gardens, and one of origins of Japanese gardens.
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Here came a swan.
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This garden is surely spiritual and mysterious.

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by berry-raspberry | 2011-08-22 17:52 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Toyosato Elementary School Update

I went to Shiga Prefecture again. Why do I go to Shiga Prefecture so often? Because it’s Japanese tradition to go to ancestors’ graveyard for o-bon which is around August 15, and my ancestors’ graveyard is in Shiga Prefecture.
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I went to Toyosato Elementary School… again. Now this school is famous thanks to the popular anime, “K-ON”, or “Keion”.
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It has got so popular that there is going to be even a movie “K-ON” starting from December 3.
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There is a lot of development about goods that are sold. There are hare and tortoise cookies, tortoise breads, K-ON character tissue paper, and many other goods.
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Hare and Tortoise:
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I saw people taking pictures. Are there any famous persons?
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Yes! These girls are from K-ON!
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They are anime characters but they are here in real Toyosato Elementary School!
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-08-18 18:31 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Mother Lake, Lake Biwa

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It was cloudy around Lake, but the lake looked very calm. Lake Biwa is the biggest lake in Japan, and it is as if it was saying, “It is going to be OK”.

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At a restaurant which had this view, I had Oyako Donburi. “Oya” means a parent. Here, chiken is a parent. “Ko” means a child. Eggs are children. Domburi means a bowl. In cooking term, it’s a bowl with rice and some ingredients.

Usually Oyako Donburi doesn't have an egg yolk on it, so this restaurant offers a special one.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-03-22 18:12 | Shiga | Comments(0)
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One of the most notable Ohmi merchants, Ito Chubei’s home is open to public.

This house was built in 1882, and you can see their life style of Meiji Era over one hundred years ago, as the way it used to be.

As you enter the entrance, there is a room for maids on the left hand side.
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And business section on the right hand side.
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And other rooms.
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There are more rooms.


Kitchen Area
Stove
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Rice cooker
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Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Monday
Admission Free

Phone:0749-35-2001

7 or 8 minute walk from Toyosato Station
It is on Nakasen Road ( known as Nakasen-do)

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by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-30 17:08 | Shiga | Comments(0)