Last additions - SHIGA 滋賀県
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It's a beautiful design, but quite expensive. The non-profit group was unable to garner enough donations for the monument. They fell far short of the ¥10 million goal.Jul 04, 2017
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The glass bench actually consists of several glass pieces. A few are largely transparent.Jul 04, 2017
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Verse 3 Song Monument in Nagahama's Hokoen Park near Nagahama Castle is engraved with Verse 3.We drift from wave to wave, straying aimlessly.
On shore we see red fire, brings back memories.
With our sights set nowhere, rolling with the waves.
Today is Imazu or, Nagahama huh.

Nami no mani mani, tadayoeba
Akai tomaribi, natsukashimi
Yukue sadamenu, nami makura
Kyo wa Imazu ka, Nagahama ka

浪のまにまに 漂えば
赤い泊火 懐かしみ
行方定めぬ 浪枕
今日は今津か 長浜か
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Verse 3 Song Monument at Nagahama's Hokoen Park. It is shaped like a boat and the top has a wavy surface like the water. It is called the "nami-makura" (rolling waves) design.The glass bench is positioned for sunset views over the lake.Jul 04, 2017
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On June 26, 2017, alumni of the Kyoto University Rowing Club rowed around Lake Biwa and took a break at Nagahama where they sang in front of the new song monument.Jul 04, 2017
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The first people to sit on the song monument. L-R: Nagahama-native Kitagawa Akihiro of the duo ~Lefa~, singer and special guest Kato Tokiko, Kada Yukiko former Shiga governor, and the mayor of Nagahama.Jul 04, 2017
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Verse 3 Song Monument, Nagahama. Built and unveiled on June 25, 2017 by a non-profit citizens group in Nagahama formed to build this new song monument for the song's 100th anniversary. 三番の歌碑。長浜城のそばThe new Verse 3 Song Monument is near Nagahama Castle near the lake shore. It was unveiled with great fanfare by singer Kato Tokiko and others.Jul 04, 2017
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The song monument is made of glass and functions as a park bench for four people. Glassware is one of Nagahama's signature products. Verse 3 is engraved in the middle. It reportedly cost several million yen.After the unveiling, local singers sang the song with Kato Tokiko before everyone released balloons.Jul 04, 2017
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Sawayama Castle site as seen from Hikone Castle.Jun 20, 2017
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View from top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.Jun 20, 2017
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View from top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.Jun 20, 2017
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Top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.Jun 20, 2017
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Plum blossom ume tree given by the city of Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture.Jun 20, 2017
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Hikone Castle and plum blossoms.Jun 20, 2017
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Hikone Castle and plum blossoms.Jun 20, 2017
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Hiko-nyan appears outside the Taikomon near the main Hikone Castle tower.Jun 20, 2017
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Hiko-nyan cutout in front of Hikone Castle. He appears daily.Jun 20, 2017
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Matcha tea and confection at Choshoan tea house, Hikone Castle.Jun 20, 2017
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Another room in Choshoan.Jun 20, 2017
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Choshoan tea house was originally the bell ringer’s rest house.Jun 20, 2017
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For ¥500, you can try matcha tea and a small confection. It’s operated by members of a tea school started by castle lord and tea master Ii Naosuke.Jun 20, 2017
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On the way to the main castle tower (tenshu), you can take a tea break at this small tea house called Choshoan (聴鐘庵).Jun 20, 2017
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The name Tenbin refers to its similarity to a tenbin shoulder pole for carrying a piece of luggage tied to each end. Both east (right) and west (left) ends of the building has a two-story watchtower turret. They look symmetrical, but are not identical.Jun 20, 2017
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Hikone Castle admission fees in 2017.Jun 20, 2017
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Biwa instrument displayed in Hikone Castle Museum.Jun 20, 2017
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Hikone daimyo's living quarters.Jun 20, 2017
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Otsu manhole showing Lake Biwa, Omi Ohashi Bridge, Otsu mascot Hikaru-kun, rowing, yachting, and Michigan boat.Jun 20, 2017
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Keihan Line Ishiba StationJun 20, 2017
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Keihan Line Ishiba Station near the Biwako Hall and Nagisa Terrace.Jun 20, 2017
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Nagisa TerraceJun 20, 2017
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Nagisa TerraceJun 20, 2017
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Nagisa TerraceJun 20, 2017
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Nagisa Terrace is a few cafes and shops along the lakefront in Otsu.Jun 20, 2017
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We love Shiga in Otsu.Jun 20, 2017
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Bus for Seta Station.Jun 20, 2017
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Bus stop for Bunka Zone in front of JR Seta Station.Jun 20, 2017
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In front of JR Seta Station.Jun 20, 2017
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JR Seta StationJun 20, 2017
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JR Seta StationJun 20, 2017
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Bunka Zone bus stop from Seta Station.Jun 20, 2017
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Museum library and reading room.Jun 20, 2017
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Illustration of the renovated museum with new buildings to open in 2020.Jun 20, 2017
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Illustration of the renovated museum with new buildings to open in 2020.Jun 20, 2017
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Illustration of the renovated museum with new buildings to open in 2020.Jun 20, 2017
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Site of a new museum building to be built.Jun 20, 2017
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Museum courtyardJun 20, 2017
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Current exhibitions.Jun 20, 2017
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Entrance lobbyJun 20, 2017
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Floor planJun 20, 2017
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The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga entrance. These photos were taken in March 2017 a few days before it was to close for a three-year renovations.Jun 20, 2017
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Plum blossomsJun 20, 2017
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Plum blossomsJun 20, 2017
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ReedsJun 20, 2017
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ReedsJun 20, 2017
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KoiJun 20, 2017
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Tea houseJun 20, 2017
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Japanese garden and Museum of Modern Art, Shiga.Jun 20, 2017
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Biwako Bunka Park or Bunka Zone, featuring a Japanese garden, the Museum of Modern Art, and Shiga Prefectural Library.Jun 20, 2017
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Japanese garden pond with koi.Jun 20, 2017
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JR Otsukyo Station (formerly Nishi Otsu Station).Jun 20, 2017
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Taiko drummer sculpture at Ogoto Onsen Station.Jun 20, 2017
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Outside Ogoto Onsen Station.Jun 20, 2017
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Sit on the bench and soak your feet in the Ogoto Onsen Station hot spring foot bath for free.Jun 20, 2017
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Ogoto Onsen Station hot spring foot bath.Jun 20, 2017
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Right outside Ogoto Onsen Station is this foot bath hut. Dip your feet into hot spring water for free.Jun 20, 2017
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Ogoto Onsen Station turnstile.Jun 20, 2017
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Ogoto Onsen tourist info booth (closed).Jun 20, 2017
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Ogoto Onsen Station platform has a nice view of the lake.Jun 20, 2017
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Ogoto Onsen Station on the JR Kosei Line.Jun 20, 2017
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Ogoto Onsen Station platform.Jun 20, 2017
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After you exit, there's some bonsai plum trees for sale.Jun 20, 2017
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Potted ume bonsai trees.Jun 20, 2017
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Jiyukan Hall is a gathering place with rooms for rent and an exhibition space. 時遊館Jun 09, 2017
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Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳Jun 09, 2017
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Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳Jun 09, 2017
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Only a few local people enjoyed the fantastic cherry blossoms on Toragozen-yama.Jun 09, 2017
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Mt. Toragozen, NagahamaJun 09, 2017
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Mt. Ibuki as seen from Mt. Toragozen-yama.Jun 09, 2017
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Toragozen-yama camp grounds.Jun 09, 2017
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JR Hokuriku Line train as seen from Mt. Toragozen.Jun 09, 2017
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Toragozen-yama camp grounds.Jun 09, 2017
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Top of Mt. ToragozenJun 09, 2017
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About Yaai Shrine torii on Toragozen-yama.Jun 09, 2017
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Yaai ShrineJun 09, 2017
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Yaai Shrine torii on Toragozen-yama.Jun 09, 2017
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Yaai Shrine torii on Toragozen-yama.Jun 09, 2017
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Tumulus on Toragozen-yama.Jun 09, 2017
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Entrance to Toragozen-yama in spring during cherry blossoms season in mid-April.Jun 09, 2017
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Gansan Daishi temple in the distance near Toragozen-yama, Nagahama.Jun 09, 2017
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Cherry blossoms in the middle of the river near Toragozen-yama, Nagahama.Jun 09, 2017
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Cherry blossoms near Toragozen-yama in Nagahama.Jun 09, 2017
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Cherry blossoms even in the middle of the river. So picturesque.Jun 09, 2017
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