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Hikone Castle moat on the way to Shiga University.
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Shiga University is alongside the moat of Hikone Castle.
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Entrance to Shiga University, Hikone Campus. It is a national university. (Not to be confused with University of Shiga Prefecture operated by the prefecture.)
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The Faculties of Economics and Education are here in Hikone. The other campus is in Otsu. Map of the Hikone Campus.
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Assembly Hall, a stately building.
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Assembly Hall
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Archives Museum (経済学部附属史料館) at Shiga University.
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Shiga University's Archives Museum centers mainly on Omi shonin merchants.
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A good collection of artifacts related to Omi shonin.
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Hikone Castle moat
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Snake swimming in the moat.
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University of Shiga Prefecture (USP or Shiga Kenritsu Daigaku 滋賀県立大学). It's a 15-min. bus ride from JR Minami-Hikone Station.
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Near the bus stop is this information booth. You can get directions here.
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University of Shiga Prefecture was founded in 1995, so the buildings still look new and modern.
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Campus map. The largely flat, rectangular campus is quite near the shore of Lake Biwa in a rural fishing neighborhood called Hassaka (八坂町) in Hikone.
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Scale model of University of Shiga Prefecture.
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Walkway to the central cluster of buildings.
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The most distinctive structure and symbol of the school is a tower nicknamed "Pencil Tower."
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Nursing school
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Auditorium
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Auditorium
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In the auditorium lobby, companies were holding a recruiting fair when I visited in Jan. 2016.
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Different clusters of buildings have different designs to reflect their respective departments such as buildings that look like barns.
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Library
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Inside the library (school ID required to enter).
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Inside the library
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The central buildings are encircled by a circular moat lined with cherry trees.
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Bridge over the moat.
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The moat comes complete with ducks. The university has a duck club that takes care of the ducks.
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This center square is actually the roof of the cafeteria.
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The cafeteria is downstairs on the right.
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Cafeteria seats over 600. Crowded during lunch time. Visitors can eat here too.
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The meals are cheap.
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Order food here.
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My lunch with fried chicken.
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Cafe is also pleasant.
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Coffee and cake.
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At the exchange program office, flags of some of USP's partner universities adorn the wall.
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A new lecture hall and offices.
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Corridor in the new lecture hall.
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The lecture hall is all wood.
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A pen with USP imprinted. The only USP merchandise I found in the university store.
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Engineering school
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Arches at Human Cultures school
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Gymnasium
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Inside the gymnasium. There are no spectator seats since this is only for practice and not competitive games.
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Athletic field is also only for practice and not competitive games. No spectator seats.
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Los of bicycles.
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Near the University of Shiga Prefecture is Kiwada Shrine dedicated to Susanou-no-mikoto and Emperor Chuai for protection against stormy winds and for a good harvest.
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About Kiwada Shrine.
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Hassaka neighborhood near Lake Biwa shore. Short walk from the University of Shiga Prefecture. Hassaka is an old fishing village.
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Lake Biwa shore in Hassaka.
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Lake Biwa shore in Hassaka.
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Takeshima island.
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The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a study abroad program operated by the State of Michigan and Shiga.
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Entrance to JCMU. It is right next to the Hikone View Hotel (formerly Hikone Prince Hotel).
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Inside the main lobby of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone.
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Inside the main lobby of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone.
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