Man-made lake where thousands of swans and ducks migrate to during the winter months. Swans have been coming here since 1950. During the day, they feed on harvested rice paddies. The bird has become a symbol of the city. In Oct. 2008, Lake Hyoko or Lake Hyo was added to the list of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Yoshida Togo was a famous geographer of Japan who compiled an encylopedia of Japanese place names. His son was Yoshida Chiaki who composed the melody of the song "Biwako Shuko no Uta" (Lake Biwa Rowing Song). His birth home is open for public viewing and adjacent to it is a memorial museum.
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