Mt. Ibuki 伊吹山


ib122-20090107_0534.jpg

One of Maibara's enduring symbols, Mt. Ibuki or Ibukiyama is Shiga Prefecture's tallest mountain at 1,377 meters as well as one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains. It is well-known for 1,200 species of wild flowers and plant life. In spring and summer, the summit (accessible by the Ibukiyama Driveway) is popular for easy hiking trails and alpine flowers. Note that the gondola and ski lifts are not in service. Also see the video at YouTube. More about Maibara here. MAP

178 files, last one added on Apr 15, 2014
Album viewed 442 times

Mishima Pond 三島池


mi100-0323-36.jpg

With Mt. Ibuki in the background, Mishima Pond (Mishima-ike) is very scenic during sunny winter days and the cherry blossom season. It is also well-known locally for migratory birds (especially ducks). MAP

51 files, last one added on Feb 15, 2009
Album viewed 191 times

Suijo Hachiman Shrine Taiko Drum Dance 2009 春照八幡神社 太鼓おどり


su295-20090923_2834.jpg

Held on Sept. 23, 2009, the Suijo Hachiman Jinja Taiko Odori is a colorful and unique rain-making and rain thanksgiving taiko drum dance held by Suijo Hachiman Shrine in Maibara, Shiga Prefecture. It starts with a procession slowly proceeding along 1 km to Suijo Hachiman Shrine. They include yakko-furi samurai laborers, yamabushi ascetic priests, flutists, and taiko drummers. The dance is held only once every 5 years. Also see my YouTube video here. [url=]MAP[/url] MAP

107 files, last one added on Sep 28, 2009
Album viewed 185 times

Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Dance 2010 伊吹山奉納太鼓踊


ib260-20101003_6339.jpg

Long ago, villagers in Ueno at the foot of Mt. Ibuki prayed for rain by doing the thunder dance by beating drums and bells, lighting torches, etc. After the rainfall and a good harvest in autumn, they danced to give thanks. This thanksgiving taiko drum dance is now performed only once every five years as a local festival at a small shrine in Ueno. These photos were taken on Oct. 3, 2010 and Oct. 2005. Also see my video at YouTube. MAP

174 files, last one added on Nov 28, 2010
Album viewed 317 times

Maihara Hikiyama Matsuri Festival 米原曳山まつり


mh222-20101010_6738.jpg

Held annually around Oct. 10 near Maibara Station. Two ornate floats are paraded around the neighborhood and stop to hold 1-hour kabuki plays performed by boys. Also see my video at YouTube. MAP

124 files, last one added on Nov 28, 2010
Album viewed 466 times

Asahi Honen Taiko Odori Dance 朝日豊年太鼓踊り


as114-20091004_4366.jpg

The area of Asahi in Maibara is home to the Asahi Honen Taiko drum troupe whose drum dance originated centuries ago to pray for rain. In Oct., they perform their drumming and dancing after walking from Asahi to Hachiman Shrine. MAP

44 files, last one added on Mar 27, 2010
Album viewed 162 times

Sakata Shinmeigu Yakko-buri Procession 坂田神明宮の蹴り奴振り


sy135-20100429_9594.jpg

Reenacts the procession of Lord Ii Naonobu from Hikone when he came to worship at Sakata Shinmeigu Shrine in 1733 in Maibara. The men walk with a stylized, kicking action. It starts with a Shinto ceremony which includes dancing by shrine maidens. Held annually by Sakata Shinmeigu Shrine on April 29 at 2 pm near JR Sakata Station (Hokuriku Line). Also see my YouTube video here. MAP

69 files, last one added on Jun 06, 2010
Album viewed 132 times

Hinade Shrine Sumo Odori Dance and Sakata 日撫神社 奉納角力・角力おどり・坂田駅周辺


hn155-20090921_2045.jpg

Near JR Sakata Station (Hokuriku Line) in former Omi-cho town is Mt. Hinodeyama with Hinode Jinja Shrine holding an annual sumo festival on the third Mon. of Sept. It features mainly children's sumo and a sumo jinku dance by about 16 men. Also see a haniwa museum and Lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo's mother's gravesite and childhood home. Also see my YouTube video here. MAP

132 files, last one added on Jun 06, 2010
Album viewed 1538 times

Kashiwabara-juku 柏原宿


ka108-Hiroshige_Kashiwabara.jpg

Kashiwabara-juku is the sixtieth station or post town (shukuba) of the sixty-nine stations on the Nakasendo Road. It is the first Nakasendo station in Shiga (following Imasu-juku in Gifu), and one of ten Nakasendo stations in Shiga. Kashiwabara has many traditional-style buildings with signs indicating what was what. A local history museum, Kiyotaki Tokugen-in Temple noted for the Kyogoku clan's graves, lodging for daimyo, Yaito Matsuri festival, and the Kitabatake gravesite are noted sights. Near JR Kashiwabara Station on the JR Tokaido Line. MAP

152 files, last one added on Sep 19, 2016
Album viewed 550 times

Kiyotaki Tokugen-in temple 清滝 徳源院


ki513d-P1090824.jpg

Not far from JR Kashiwabara Station is Kiyotaki Tokugen-in temple noted for the graves of the Kyogoku Clan. One of them, Kyogoku Takatsugi, is a nationally-known historic figure who was married to Hatsu, one of the three Azai sisters. The temple, which belongs to the Tendai Buddhist sect (affiliated with Enryakuji on Mt. Hiei), is also noted for cherry blossoms in April and autumn leaves in Nov. MAP

176 files, last one added on Nov 28, 2014
Album viewed 159 times

Samegai-juku 醒ケ井宿


ju079a-62_Samekai.jpg

Samegai-juku is the sixty-first station or post town (shukuba) of the sixty-nine stations on the Nakasendo Road. It is the second Nakasendo station in Shiga (following Kashiwabara-juku), and one of ten Nakasendo stations in Shiga. It has one shukuba-era building, a post office designed by Vories, the crystal-clear Jizogawa River and underwater baikamo flowers, and the Samegai Trout Farm, the largest in Asia. In May, tulips bloom and in Aug., the Jizo-bon night festival is held. Also see the video at YouTube. MAP

150 files, last one added on Sep 29, 2016
Album viewed 406 times

Bamba-juku 番場宿


ba035a-63_Banba.jpg

Bamba-juku is the sixty-second station or post town (shukuba) of the sixty-nine stations on the Nakasendo Road. It is the third Nakasendo station in Shiga (following Samegai-juku), and one of ten Nakasendo stations in Shiga. Former post town buildings are marked with signs. The only original building remaining is Rengeji temple. Rural and pleasant to walk through. Closest station is Maibara and Samegai Stations. Somewhat far to walk from either station. MAP

85 files, last one added on Apr 23, 2011
Album viewed 344 times

Nabe-kanmuri Matsuri 鍋冠まつり


RIMG0090.jpg

Annual festival held on May 3 by Chikuma Shrine. It is a procession along the shore of Lake Biwa featuring eight 8-year-old girls wearing a "nabe" or pot helmet. The shrine is dedicated to the God of Food and the nabe pot is for containing food offerings to the god. MAP

17 files, last one added on Jan 02, 2007
Album viewed 79 times

Maibara Station 米原駅


ms317-IMG_2154.jpg

Maibara Station is Shiga's sole shinkansen bullet train station and a major transfer point for the Tokaido Line and Hokuriku Line. From this station, you can go on to Kyoto (or Tokyo in the east) in the west or to Fukui, Kanazawa, and Toyama up north. MAP

132 files, last one added on Sep 22, 2016
Album viewed 186 times

Other sights in Maibara


lm100-F1000024.jpg

Other sights in Maibara such as Green Park Santo, Maibara Basho sumo tournament, and Spo-rec Aerobics Competition スポレク滋賀 エアロビック大会 in 2008. The Sports Recreation Shiga aerobics competition was held in Maibara during Oct. 19-20, 2008. Aerobics teams from all over Japan and South Korea competed, including a group of five women in their 80s and 90s. More about Maibara here.

148 files, last one added on Sep 29, 2016, 60 linked files, 208 files total
Album viewed 243 times

 

15 albums on 1 page(s)