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Three-day (Aug. 9-11, 2006) rowing route around the southern half of the lake by the Kyoto Univ. rowing club.1st day: Home base in Seta River to Manohama (crew change), then to Omi-Maiko.
2nd day: Omi-Maiko to Manohama, then to Chomeiji.
3rd day: Chomeiji to Manohama where crew changes. Then to home base in Seta River.
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Three boats are used for the trip, sighted here off shore near JR Hira Station on the Kosei Line. 湖西線比良駅の沖
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Arriving Omi-Maiko on Day 1. Rowing around the lake has been an annual tradition.
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The white boat. A song was even composed for this trip, called Biwako Shuko no Uta.
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They use four-man boats (called "knuckle four" in Japanese) with sliding seats. It is stable and safe, ideal for beginners.
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Each boat has four rowers and cox who steers the rudder.
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The green boat. 近江舞子上陸
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The boats are wooden, and a few decades old.
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Notice the rudder. Controlled by a pair of strings held by the cox.
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Beachgoers frolick in the lake as the rowing boats arrive.
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The orange boat. On the left at the ear is the cox, the middle are four rowers, and at the front of the boat is one extra person who can rest and enjoy the ride.
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Most people were oblivious to the boats.
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The orange boat decided to go ashore where it was less crowded.
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Two boats will lie here overnight.
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Dark Blue Blades, symbol of the Kyoto Univ. rowing club.
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Oars and boats
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Day 3: Arrival at Manohama beach, near the west end of Biwako Ohashi Bridge. 真野浜上陸
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Manohama is where they change boat crews. Half of the people ride on bicycles on shore, while the other half row on 3 boats.
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Landed in fishing lines.
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Departing Manohama at about 11:30 am. 真野浜出発
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Small motorboat which accompanies the three rowing boats. I was aboard this motorboat and took pictures.
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge 琵琶湖大橋
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Ferris wheel from the Biwako Tower amusement park, now defunct. 琵琶湖タワー(廃墟)
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Waving the signal flag at a checkpoint to staff on shore.
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South of Biwako Ohashi Bridge.
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Rowing past the Ukimido Floating Temple in Katata. 堅田 浮御堂(近江八景)
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Ukimido Floating Temple, one of the Eight Views of Omi (Omi Hakkei). 堅田 浮御堂(近江八景)
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Mt. Hiei 比叡山
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Omi-Fuji (Mt. Mikami) and Karasuma Peninsula. 近江富士(三上山)と烏丸半島
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She is the cox sitting at the rear and controlling the rudder with a pair of strings. コックス
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Lots of putty line the seams.
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Torii on shore (Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine) near Sakamoto. 鳥居
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Otsu Prince Hotel in the distance.
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Cooling off
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Karasaki Pine Tree (One of the Eight Views of Omi or Omi Hakkei) as seen from Lake Biwa. 唐崎の松(近江八景)
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Making repairs. The boats are decades old.
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Mixing with sailboats.
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Near miss?
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Fireworks platform for the Biwako Fireworks that night.
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Rowing off central Otsu. 大津
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Michigan paddlewheel boat. ミシガン
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Michigan
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Toward Omi Ohashi Bridge. 近江大橋
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The boat is deluged with large swells spilling into the boat. 大波
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Taking out the water.
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Omi Ohashi Bridge
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Zeze Castle ruins 膳所城跡
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Removing weeds caught on the oars.
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JR train tracks (Biwako/Tokaido Line)
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Seta Karahashi Bridge on Seta River. 瀬田唐橋
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Home base. The gray concrete building is their boathouse.
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The last boat arrives.
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Lots of water drained out when the boat was turned over.
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The boats are stored outside since there is no room inside the boathouse which stores the most expensive boats.
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Singing the Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta). 琵琶湖周航の歌「われは湖の子...」
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Everyone enjoyed the rowing trip. The motorboat on Lake Biwa was fun and I got a lotta good shots.
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Kyoto University Rowing Club visit the Verse 6 monument during their during their annual Lake Biwa rowing trip. 写真/尾城徹雄Chomeiji is one of their overnight stops during their 3-day rowing trip.
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Kyoto University Rowing Club at Chomeiji in Aug. 2006 during their annual Lake Biwa rowing trip. 写真/尾城徹雄
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Great summer day for the beach at Omi-Maiko, one of the most popular and whitest beaches on Lake Biwa.
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