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Site of the 3rd Imazu Regatta on Lake Biwa, off the shore of Imazu, Takashima. Held on Aug. 17, 2008, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Organized by the Takashima-Imazu Rowing Club NPO. 高島・いまづロウイングクラブ
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The Imazu Regatta was originally held annually during 1927-36 by the rowing club of the local high school in Imazu (the present Takashima High School). However, the war forced the annual regatta's cancellation.
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In Aug. 2006, a local NPO called the Takashima-Imazu Rowing Club restarted the Imazu Regatta with the support of the rowing clubs from Imazu Junior High School and Takashima High School.
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The regatta race course was 500 meters long off the Imazu Nakahama and Ichigasaki shore. It had four rowing lanes. 今津中浜〜市が崎沖合
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The finish line was in front of the Sunbridge Hotel seen here. It was a nice, sunny, and calm day for a regatta. レガッタのBGMは「琵琶湖周航の歌」英語版。
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Finish line. It cost only 500 yen (insurance) to race in the regatta. You do not have to form a rowing team to participate. Single individuals could also register to race in the regatta.
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There were four racing categories: 1. Junior and high school students, 2. General public (beginners or experienced), 3. Rowing club alumni and experienced rowers, and 4. Combination of 2 and 3.
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Five types of boats were provided: Single scull, double scull (shown here), quadruple with cox, ocean scull, and fixed-seat boats.
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Quadruple with cox. This boat belongs to the NPO. The races were separate for men and women.
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Quadruple with cox going to the start line.
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The regatta's main objective is to have more people try rowing as a sport.
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Regatta starting line. By hosting a regatta, the local junior high and high school kids can learn about the hard work that goes behind a regatta.
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The other quadruple with cox boat.
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Ready to race.
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Quadruple race
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Single scull
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Women's single scull
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Imazu Junior High School students
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Starting line
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Imazu Junior High School students start the race.
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Imazu Junior High School female students rowing in the 3rd Imazu Regatta.
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Imazu Junior High School female students rowing in the 3rd Imazu Regatta. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Imazu Junior High School female students rowing in the 3rd Imazu Regatta.
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Imazu Junior High School female students rowing in the 3rd Imazu Regatta.
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Near the finish line.
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Finish line.
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Fixed-seat boat race.
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Fixed-seat boat race. フィックス艇
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Mt. Ibuki in the background with fixed-seat boat racing. The Lake Biwa Rowing Song was also played as the regatta's background music.
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Chikubushima in the background with fixed-seat boat racing.
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Imazu shore
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Nice new quadruple boat owned by the Takashima-Imazu Rowing Club NPO.
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Nice new quadruple boat owned by the Takashima-Imazu Rowing Club NPO.
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I got to row in this quadruple boat.
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We rowed the boat to near the boathouse. It was a spanking-new boat, and felt good.
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Carrying the boat to shore.
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Imazu Junior High School Rowing Club banner and members going to the regatta's awards ceremony.
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Awards for nine racing categories. The Lake Biwa Rowing Song CD was also donated by Philbert Ono as one of the prizes.
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Writing the winner's name on award certificates.
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Ichikawa Kiyoshi, head of the Takashima-Imazu Rowing Club NPO, gives the awards to the winners. The Lake Biwa Rowing Song was also played in the background. 「琵琶湖周航の歌」英語版CDも一つの賞品として寄付しました。
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Regatta participants during the awards ceremony. See the NPO's Web site here.
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During Aug. 2008, the Imazu Junior High School Rowing Club also held a photo exhibition of their rowing trip across Lake Biwa held in Aug. 2007.
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The photo exhibition was held at the Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan museum. Many of the photos were also contributed by Philbert Ono.
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The exhibition explained their experiences during the two-day rowing trip between Imazu and Nagahama and back. Photos of the rowing trip here.
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Also introduced the Imazu Regatta. Also see my YouTube video here.
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