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Seta Rowing Club's 2-story clubhouse located in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. The club is a registered NPO. The club is named after Seta River at the southern tip of Lake Biwa. Regattas are also held on the river, Lake Biwa's sole outflowing river.
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Seta Rowing Club's clubhouse. Boats are stored on the bottom floor, while the 2nd floor has office space, ergo machines, meeting room, locker room, etc. Web site here
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Oars and boats stored on the bottom floor. The club offers 2-hour rowing lessons on Sundays during May to Nov. Address: 6-1 Ogaya, Otsu, Shiga 520-2144 Japan. Phone/Fax: 077-545-9961, Email: info@setarc.jp
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Many boats are made in Italy.
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Right across the clubhouse is the Annex boat house.
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Club's boat dock. This narrow canal leads to Lake Biwa.
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Rowing exercise machines called "ergometers" or "ergo" or "indoor rower." In Japan, they call it "ergo." エルゴThe machine measures the energy you expend rowing. Also measures how fast and far you rowed if you were on water. They even have ergo rowing contests which is a sport itself.
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The rowing lesson starts with an ergo workout.
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Carrying the boat.
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Sleek rudder and steering cables
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Rowing seat with moving seat on rails, fixed shoes, and outrigger for the oar.
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Carrying the boat to water.
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Inserting the oars into the outriggers.
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Ready to row on a "quad" sculling race boat. Each person rows with two oars.Sorry for the small image.
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We now enter Lake Biwa.
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Lake Biwa Rowing Course operated by Shiga Prefecture for major rowing regattas. It is near the head of Seta River, and very near Seta Rowing Club.
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Oars keep the unstable boat stable.
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The oar handles overlap when you pull them. Often my hands bumped into each other.
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Shoes are fixed to a small, angled platform.
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After a neat rowing trip, the boat is lifted out of the water.
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Rinsing the shell with fresh water.
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The boat is pencil-thin.
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Rinsing the oars.
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Entrance and road to the rowing clubhouse
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Near the rowing club is the Lake Biwa Rowing Course where regattas are held. 滋賀県立琵琶湖漕艇場
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Rowed all the way to Seta Karahashi Bridge and the shinkansen tracks. It was my first time rowing on a racing boat, and not too difficult even for a beginner.
 
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