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JR Hikone Station
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JR Hikone Station as seen from Heiwado.
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Corridor to east exit.
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Hikone Station
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Ohmi Railways Museum has indoor and outdoor (trains) exhibits.
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Ohmi Railways Museum at Hikone Station east exit.
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Ohmi Railways trains on display
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Inside Ohmi Railways Museum, a pantograph
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Ohmi Railways Museum display panels
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Inside Ohmi Railways Museum, rail gauges.
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On the east side of Hikone Station in 2007, there was almost nothing.
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On the east side of Hikone Station in 2007, there was almost nothing.
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On the east side of Hikone Station in 2007, there was almost nothing.
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Tearing down old homes on the east side of Hikone Station.
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Corridor back to west side of Hikone Station.
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Statue of Ii Naomasa in front of Hikone Station's west side.
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Statue of Ii Naomasa in front of Hikone Station
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Heiwado dept. store
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In front of JR Hikone Station
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Low-cost tourist shuttle bus
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Inside tourist bus
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Sign in front of Hikone City Hall urging Hikone Castle to be designated as a World Heritage Site.
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Hikone City Hall
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Lake shore
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Some kind of eatery decorated with beautiful wisteria in Hikone.
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Eatery decorated with beautiful wisteria in Hikone.
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Hikone Port for boats going to Chikubushima and Takeshima islands 彦根港
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Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta) monument at Hikone Port. MapIn June 1917, a song called Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) was composed by college student Taro Oguchi during a boat rowing trip around Lake Biwa. He was a member of the rowing club at Dai-san High School (now Kyoto University). He composed it in Imazu, Shiga Prefecture during the second night of the trip.
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Biwako Shuko no Uta song monument for Verse 5, three stone monuments.The song is about the boys rowing around Lake Biwa while mentioning famous places like Otsu (the starting point), Omi-Maiko (Omatsu), Imazu, Chikubushima, Nagahama, and Chomeiji.
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Biwako Shuko no Uta song monument for Verse 5Another boat mate matched Oguchi's lyrics to the melody based on the old song called Water Lilies as modified by a young Chiaki Yoshida. It soon became a popular dormitory song.

The song became a national hit in 1971 when singer Tokiko Kato recorded it. Numerous famous Japanese singers and groups have since released cover versions of the song. The town of Imazu even holds an annual song contest in June when choir groups from around Japan sing the song in a competition. The town even has a museum dedicated to the song.
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Verse 5One of the verses mentions an "old castle" which most likely refers to Hikone Castle. This monument commemorates the song and that verse 5.
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Biwako Shuko no Uta song monument map
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Hikone View Hotel, formerly known as Hikone Prince Hotel.
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Yume-Kyobashi Castle Road of shops near Hikone Castle. Shops look nice, but the road is busy with cars.
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Yonbancho Square shopping center 四番町
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Yonbancho Square shopping center 四番町
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JR Minami Hikone Station
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Viva City, a shopping mall and theater complex near Minami Hikone Station.
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And here's Hiko-nyan!! Direct from Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan in the 30th Pan-Pacific Festival (also called “Matsuri in Hawaii”) parade on June 7, 2009 from 5 pm to 7 pm along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki.ひこにゃんが僕の故郷であるハワイにも登場したことはとても嬉しいかったけど、写真をよく見ると、どこも「Shiga」とか「Hikone」が表示していないの。ただの「Hikonyan–Ii Naosuke-Gateway to the Future」しか載っていない。それは意味が不明。最低、FROM HIKONE, SHIGA, JAPANとか書けばいいな。せっかく皆が見るので。市の職員がPRの感覚が鈍い。
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Hiko-nyan in Hawaii!!
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Aloha from Hawaii, Hiko-nyan!!
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He looks great with a lei!! So nice to see this in my native Hawaii. Wish I was there to see it.
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Back view. Unfortunately, they did not display where this cat came from. It was Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, JAPAN.ひこにゃんが僕の故郷であるハワイにも登場したことはとても嬉しいかったけど、写真をよく見ると、どこも「Shiga」とか「Hikone」が表示していないの。ただの「Hikonyan–Ii Naosuke-Gateway to the Future」しか載っていない。それは意味が不明。最低、FROM HIKONE, SHIGA, JAPANとか書けばいいな。せっかく皆が見るので。市の職員がPRの感覚が鈍い。
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写真をよく見ると、どこも「Shiga」とか「Hikone」が表示していないの。ただの「Hikonyan–Ii Naosuke-Gateway to the Future」しか載っていない。それは意味が不明。
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最低、FROM HIKONE, SHIGA, JAPANとか書けばいいな。せっかく皆が見るので。市の職員がPRの感覚が鈍い。こんな基本的なこと、なんで考えてくれないの??
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Stone statue of Hiko-nyan in Hikone.
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The Hikone Floating Lantern Festival (Manto Nagashi) is held on August 6 along Serigawa River. I saw it in 2006.
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Lanterns along the river bank.
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The lanterns will float down Serigawa River.
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Lanterns have candles.
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A procession arrived at the river led by the Hikone Castle Ambassadors.
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Shrine priests.
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It looked like a multi-religion procession of local Shinto and Buddhist priests.
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There was a small platform for an altar.
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Priests chant in front of an altar.
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People start floating the lanterns.
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The festival climaxed with fireworks.
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Niagara Falls fireworks.
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Tanabata decorations in Hikone in early Aug.
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Tanabata decorations in Hikone.
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Tanabata decorations in Hikone.
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Tanabata decorations in Hikone.
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Hikoneguchi Station on the Ohmi Railways. 彦根口駅
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Hikoneguchi Station on the Ohmi Railways first opened in 1901 and renamed Hikoneguchi in 1917. 彦根口駅
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Hikoneguchi Station.
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Hikoneguchi Station platform.
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Hikoneguchi Station platform.
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Hikoneguchi Station platform for Kibukawa.
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Hikoneguchi Station building.
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Hikoneguchi Station turnstile.
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Inside Hikoneguchi Station.
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Inside Hikoneguchi Station with turnstile visible.
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Inside Hikoneguchi Station with turnstile visible.
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Long bench inside Hikoneguchi Station.
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Train for Maibara at Ohmi Railways Hikoneguchi Station.
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Hikone Serikawa Station. ひこね芹川駅
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