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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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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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PR poster designed by Tetsuo OshiroPoster for the race.

京都大学ボート部OBの尾城徹雄様に作成したポスター。大学内や大津市石山商店街などで張り出された。
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Lake Biwa is near the center of Honshu island between Nagoya and Kyoto.
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Mt. Fuji from Lake Yamanaka
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Being my first regatta, I was at first daunted by the rowing terminology for the different types of boats.
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Arriving Omi-Maiko on Day 1. Rowing around the lake has been an annual tradition.
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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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Lake Biwa has the North Basin and South Basin with the Biwako Ohashi Bridge as the border. Seta River is the only outflowing river.
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Mt. Fuji
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Carrying back a single sculling boat
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Karahashi Bridge as the starting point for alumni races
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The white boat. A song was even composed for this trip, called Biwako Shuko no Uta.
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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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The place was not as crowded as you would think.
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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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Many boats are made in Italy.
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Lake Yamanaka
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Rowing team from Nagahama
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Kyoto Univ. in dark blue T-shirts
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Each boat has four rowers and cox who steers the rudder.
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Right across the clubhouse is the Annex boat house.
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The green boat. 近江舞子上陸
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Club's boat dock. This narrow canal leads to Lake Biwa.
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Azaleas in full bloom along the lake edge
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Finish line 300 meters later
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The boats are wooden, and a few decades old.
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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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Four-man boat race. There were also foreign rowers from international schools.
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Tokyo Univ. (Todai) crew return to land after a race
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Notice the rudder. Controlled by a pair of strings held by the cox.
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The rowing lesson starts with an ergo workout.
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Cheering section for Nagahama
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Beachgoers frolick in the lake as the rowing boats arrive.
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Carrying the boat.
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Lake SuwaYou can rent a bicycle at Kami-Suwa Station and ride along the lake shore.
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About the song and rowing route... この歌について(日本語解説)(日本語はこの下にあります。Japanese follows the English below.)

Shiga Prefecture's most famous and beloved song is called Biwako Shuko no Uta (琵琶湖周航の歌) or "Lake Biwa Rowing Song." I have rendered this song into both pictures and English, according to my own imagination and interpretation.

First composed in 1917 by a bunch of college students from Kyoto, the song has been recorded by many famous Japanese singers and groups. In 1971, it became a major nationwide hit with singer Tokiko Kato's rendition. Today, the song remains a favorite among choir groups in Japan, and a choir singing contest is held for the song every June (since 1997) in Imazu, the birthplace of the song in the northwestern corner of Lake Biwa.

Shiga Prefecture also has stone monuments dedicated to each of the six verses. There's even a museum (Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan) in Imazu dedicated to the song. Okaya city on the shores of Lake Suwa in Nagano Prefecture, the birthplace of the song's composer, Taro Oguchi (小口太郎) (1897-1924), also has a song monument and bronze statue of him.

The song is about a four-day, boat-rowing trip around Lake Biwa undertaken on June 27, 1917 by seven college students. They were in the rowing club at an elite college in Kyoto called Dai-san Koto Gakko (No. 3 High School 第三高等学校) which later merged with Kyoto University. As shown by the red line in the map above, they started at Otsu and rowed to Omatsu (now called Omi-Maiko), Imazu, Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Hikone, Chomeiji, and back to Otsu. They stopped overnight at Omatsu, Imazu, and Hikone.

The dotted blue line shows a longer route taken by earlier members of the rowing club beginning in 1893 when they did it for the first time. Twenty-one of them rowed around the lake in three boats, taking four nights and five days. The school's annual summer tradition of rowing around Lake Biwa thus began.

As the song circumnavigates the lake and mentions famous places in Shiga, the words also express symbolic meanings and sometimes unknown or mistaken meanings. The song is widely interpreted as describing the journey of life itself.

I have visited and photographed all the places mentioned in the song as well as all the song monuments in Otsu, Omi-Maiko, Imazu, Chikubushima, Hikone, Chomeiji, and Okaya (Nagano). I also created some digital images to match the scenes mentioned in the song.

More info about Lake Biwa Rowing Song here.

Photo: This map of lake Biwa is part of the Verse 5 Song Monument recently built in Oct. 2005 at Hikone Port. The English captions were inserted by me with my computer.
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Otsu Exhibition, Nov. 21 - Dec. 4, 2005 at Shiga Kaikan, Otsu, Shiga. Right across from the Shiga Prefectural Office. 滋賀会館For this exhibition, I created my own photographic rendition of the places and scenes mentioned in the song and also photographed all the stone monuments dedicated to the song. I used Photoshop to composite images and to alter the colors into a dreamy condition as the song suggests. I also translated the lyrics into English.

The exhibition was held at Shiga Kaikan, right across from the Shiga Prefectural Office. Shiga Kaikan has two spaces for exhibitions, and I used the smaller space called Bunka Salon Gallery.

Map: http://www.shiga-bunshin.or.jp/shigakaikan/map.html
Address: Kyomachi 3-4-22, Otsu, Shiga Pref.
Phone: 077-525-9995
〒520-0044 大津市京町三丁目 4-22
Web site: http://www.shiga-bunshin.or.jp/shigakaikan/
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Four-man race with the cox at the stern
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Verse 1 Song Monument, Otsu (Mihogasaki). In 1973, this was the first monument built for the song. The song's first and most famous line, "Ware wa Umi no Ko" is written. 一番の歌碑。大津市三保ケ崎。This monument is near the boat house in Mihogasaki, a stone's throw from Hama-Otsu.

われは湖の子 さすらいの
旅にしあれば しみじみと
のぼる狭霧や さざなみの
志賀の都よ いざさらば

Ware wa Umi no Ko, sasurai no
tabi ni shiareba, shimijimi to
Noboru sagiri ya, sazanami no
Shiga no Miyako yo, iza saraba
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On June 16, 2007, Imazu marked the 90th anniversary of the song by organizing a boat cruise on Lake Biwa and other events. Omi-Imazu Station had a sign directing guests to Imazu Port. 90周年の記念「琵琶湖周航クルーズ」の近江今津駅内
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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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The 6th annual Lake Biwa Kaitsuburi (Little Grebe) Regatta was held on Sept. 16, 2007. This regatta is mainly for ordinary people of all ages wanting to row. Lake Biwa Rowing Course (Biwako Sotei-jo) in Otsu, Shiga. 滋賀県立琵琶湖漕艇場
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Sleek rudder and steering cables
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Front of Yoshida Chiaki's home in Niigata (formerly Niitsu) which I visited in Nov. 2007. Yoshida Chiaki composed a song called "Hitsuji-gusa" (Water Lilies) whose melody was used for the song "Biwako Shuko no Uta" (Lake Biwa Rowi
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Lake Hyoko (Lake Hyo), a man-made lake where thousands of swans and ducks migrate to during the winter months.
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Starting line. The man says "Yoi" (Ready) then "Go."「用意」、次いで「ゴー」
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Univ. of Tokyo alumni crew in light blue T-shirts
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Imazu Port. A large crowd of people waiting to board the chartered boat for a 3-hour cruise on Lake Biwa to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the song, Biwako Shuko no Uta.
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Most people were oblivious to the boats.
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The regatta started at 9 am, and ended at about 4 pm. Omi-Ohashi Bridge in the background.
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Rowing seat with moving seat on rails, fixed shoes, and outrigger for the oar.
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Front of Yoshida Chiaki's home. Chiaki's room was on the left end of the 2nd floor as seen here. More about Yoshida Chiaki here.
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Four-man race starts with the cox at the front.
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Song monument which reads "Ware wa Umi no Ko," the song's first line meaning "We're children of the lake."
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Title: Lake Biwa Rowing Song - In Pictures and in English Bunka Salon Gallery (also a coffee shop) inside Shiga Kaikan. 「琵琶湖周航の歌」〜写真と英語に〜The title was "Lake Biwa Boating Song - In Pictures and in English." I later changed the song title to "Lake Biwa Rowing Song."

Shiga Kaikan has two spaces for exhibitions, and I used the smaller space called Bunka Salon Gallery.

One entire wall and half of another wall were available for exhibitions free of charge.
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Kyoto Univ. alumni crew in dark blue T-shirts
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The "Rio Grande" cruise boat awaits at Imazu Port on a miraculously sunny day during the rainy season. 梅雨でありながら、奇跡的にこんないい天気になった。今津港
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The regatta was set for 300 meters. It was a hot, summer day.
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Carrying the boat to water.
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Front gate of Yoshida Chiaki's home
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Duck feeding
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My first and very small exhibition to introduce "Lake Biwa Rowing Song" in English. The English lyrics were still unfinished, so only an English translation was presented.I showed three images per verse (6 verses total), plus caption sheets and artist's message, boating map, and composer's biography on the other wall.

All the pictures were printed on A4 inkjet paper. Very low budget exhibition, but it caught the interest of one newspaper reporter. I later changed the song title to "Lake Biwa Rowing Song."

Exhibition Date & Time: Nov. 21 to Dec. 4, 2005, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, closed Mon.

Map: http://www.shiga-bunshin.or.jp/shigakaikan/map.html
Address: Kyomachi 3-4-22, Otsu, Shiga Pref.
Phone: 077-525-9995
〒520-0044 大津市京町三丁目 4-22
Web site: http://www.shiga-bunshin.or.jp/shigakaikan/
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Off they go
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Kyoto Univ. alumni crew at start line
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Reception desk for passengers. A little over 100 people joined the cruise. クルーズの受付
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The orange boat decided to go ashore where it was less crowded.
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"Lake Biwa Rowing Song" was played all day long over the PA system.
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Inserting the oars into the outriggers.
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Inner garden. I met Yoshida Yuki (吉田ゆき), the niece of Yoshida Chiaki who showed me the house and a few materials. Flowers planted by Chiaki still grow in the garden.
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Duck species in the lake and the number of birds so far.
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For each verse (total 6 verses), I showed three photos and a caption sheet with my non-singable English translation of the verse.「琵琶湖周航の歌」をイメージ写真付きで英訳された作詞と英文説明で紹介する写真展です。歌に登場する各地の写真や6番まですべての歌碑も英語で紹介。外国人も知って欲しい名曲です。英語の勉強にも!

2005年11月21日(月)〜12月4日(日) 9:30〜17:00
滋賀県大津市 滋賀会館 文化サロンギャラリー  入場無料
〒520-0044 大津市京町三丁目 4-22
Tel: 077-525-9995
HP: http://www.shiga-bunshin.or.jp/shigakaikan/

アクセス:
JR大津駅びわ湖口(北口)から徒歩5分
京阪浜大津駅からバス7分
名神大津インターからバス5分
京阪島ノ関駅から徒歩3分

1971年に加藤登紀子の大ヒットになったこの「琵琶湖周航の歌」は、昨年までに僕は聞いたことない。昨年の春に長野県諏訪市の御柱祭りを見に行ったときに岡谷市に泊まって近くの諏訪湖で散歩すると歌の作詞家である小口太郎(岡谷出身)の銅像があって「琵琶湖周航の歌」が紹介されて非常に興味深いものと思った。

英語で紹介したいなと思ってこの歌の英語版とイメージ写真をやっと完成しました。そしていつかこの歌を英語で歌ってもらいたい。歌詞を英語にすることはあまり難しくないが、それを歌のメロディに合わせることが大変。まだそこまで完成していない。もっと時間が必要。できあがったら、勿論また発表します。

この文化サロンは、サロン形の喫茶店になっている。
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Close-up of rowers at Asahi Regatta
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"Umi no Ko" (Child of the Lake) Lake Biwa training boatThe bow of Shiga Prefecture's "floating school." The name of this boat was obviously taken from the song. The boat is owned by Shiga Prefecture and used to educate elementary school kids about the lake. Since 1983, this ship has been serving as a floating school for kids where they stay overnight and spend two days conducting experiments to learn more about the lake. Picture was taken at Hikone Port.
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Back of Verse 1 Song Monument, Otsu (Mihogasaki)
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On Karahashi Bridge
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Boarding time at Imazu Port. In the forefront is a song monument for Biwako Shuko no Uta.
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Two boats will lie here overnight.
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Finish line.
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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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Yoshida Chiaki's room on the 2nd floor.
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In Oct. 2008, Lake Hyoko was added to the list of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
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Verse 1 photos (Otsu)
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Cheering section
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Race starts for Kyoto Univ. alumni
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Megan and Jamie Thompson about to board the boat. トンプソン姉妹
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Dark Blue Blades, symbol of the Kyoto Univ. rowing club.
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We now enter Lake Biwa.
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Yoshida Chiaki's room on the 2nd floor. This is where he spent his final days while stricken with tuberculosis.
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Thousands of ducks
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Verse 2 photos (Omi-Maiko)
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High school spectators near the finish line
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"Umi no Ko" (Child of the Lake) Lake Biwa training boat for kidsThe name of this boat was obviously taken from the song. The boat is owned by Shiga Prefecture and used to educate elementary school kids about the lake. Since 1983, this ship has been serving as a floating school for kids where they stay overnight and spend two days conducting experiments to learn more about the lake. Picture was taken at Hikone Port.
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Near the Verse 1 Song Monument is another stone monument engraved with the words of the entire song.
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Kyoto Univ. alumni
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Boat name "Rio Grande" operated by Biwako Kisen. Named after Shiga's sister state in Brazil. There is also the "Michigan" paddlewheel boat named after Shiga's sister state in the USA.
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Oars and boats
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The main boat type used was the "knuckle four," a boat developed in Japan for stability rather than speed. Good for beginners.
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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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View from Yoshida Chiaki's room on the 2nd floor. Sometimes they receive local school children for tours of the house.
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Verse 3 photos (Imazu)
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Kyoto University's cheering section for the 8-man raceComplete with cheerleaders.
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Kyoto Univ. starts to veer off course
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Inside the front of the Rio Grande boat. 琵琶湖周航クルージング
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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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Oars keep the unstable boat stable.
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Stairs from Yoshida Chiaki's room on the 2nd floor.
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Verse 4 photos (Chikubushima)
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Eight-man race
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Small park where the Verse 1 monument is located.This monument is near the boat house in Mihogasaki, a stone's throw from Hama-Otsu. It was built in 1973 as the first monument for the song.

This little park is actually off-limits and you're not supposed to enter it, for some reason. On the left side of the picture is another stone monument hidden by brush. It is engraved with the entire song. In the background, you can see the roof of the boathouse.
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Kyoto Univ. is unable to correct their misdirection
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Open deck at the rear. The boat departed at about 11:30 am.
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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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Awards ceremony was held from 2 pm after each final race was completed.
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The oar handles overlap when you pull them. Often my hands bumped into each other.
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Original copy of the magazine "Ongaku-kai" (The Musical Japan) where Yoshida Chiaki's song "Hitsuji-gusa" was first published and made popular. Issued in Aug. 1915. 音楽界
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Whooping swans mix with the ducks.
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Verse 5 photos (Hikone)
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A faulty rudder runs them aground
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We passed by various scenic spots such as Shirahige Shrine, noted for the torii gate in the lake.
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Landed in fishing lines.
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1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning teams received a trophy, certificate, and Lake Biwa Rowing Song CD. The CD was donated by Philbert Ono.
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Shoes are fixed to a small, angled platform.
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Table of Contents of magazine "Ongaku-kai" (The Musical Japan) 音楽界. Many music-related articles.
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Swan
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Water intake for Lake Biwa Canal No. 2. Near Mihogasaki in Otsu, and adjacent to the boat racing arena.
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Net fishing
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Verse 6 photos (Chomeiji)
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Kyoto Univ. comes in 3rd place
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Okishima (Okinoshima) is Lake Biwa's largest island inhabited by over 400 residents, mainly into fishing. Short boat ride away from Omi-Hachiman's Horikiri port. MAP
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4-man crew alumni boat race
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Shirahige Shrine 白髭神社
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Departing Manohama at about 11:30 am. 真野浜出発
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Awards ceremony. The presenter is Shigeru Aoyama, the director of the Lake Biwa Rowing Course.
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On the first page is Yoshida Chiaki's song "Hitsuji-gusa" (Water Lilies) which was acclaimed enough to be published here.
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On the adjacent wall, I showed a map of the rowing route, artist's message in English and Japanese, and an English biography of Taro Oguchi, the songwriter.
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Misty Horikiri Port in Omi-Hachiman. Boats leave here for Okishima island, Lake Biwa's largest island.
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Shirahige Shrine torii as seen from the cruise boat.
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Small motorboat which accompanies the three rowing boats. I was aboard this motorboat and took pictures.
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Trophy for you.
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After a neat rowing trip, the boat is lifted out of the water.
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On the first page is Yoshida Chiaki's song "Hitsuji-gusa" (Water Lilies). Although the melody is different, the lyrics are a direct translation of a childen's song called Water Lilies written by E.R.B. in the UK.
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View of Lake Biwa from the lakeshore road.
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Lake Biwa Rowing Song CD presented to a winner. A CD was also presented to the regatta's youngest and oldest rower.
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Starting line staff
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Fishing boats at Horikiri Port
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Omi-Maiko with green pines on white sands. 近江舞子の「松は緑に 砂白き」
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge 琵琶湖大橋
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Rinsing the shell with fresh water.
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Small book titled "A Garland of Flower-Poems" published in Japan. This was owned by Yoshida Chiaki and it includes the UK song "Water Lilies."
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Lake Biwa shore. Lots of picnicking space.
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Starting line
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Boat for Okinoshima at Horikiri Port
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8-man crew alumni in their 20s and 30s at starting line
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Omi-Maiko appears in the song.
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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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The BL Club C team placed 2nd in the Masters Women's Category. マスターズ女子の部 2位 BLクラブC
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The boat is pencil-thin.
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Page where "Water Lilies" is printed in the book. It is very likely that Chiaki found the song in this book, and decided to make his Japanese version. His signature is on the back of the book.
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They all face the same direction. Group oriented.
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Fishing too
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Waving the signal flag at a checkpoint to staff on shore.
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Leaving Horikiri Port
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Rolling with the waves
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The SAKURA team placed 2nd in the Family category. ファミリーの部 2位 SAKURA
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Rinsing the oars.
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Bridge to Yabase
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Two-man boat race
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Kyodai alumni in their 20s and 30s
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Okino-shiraishi Rocks, a favorite resting place for birds which turned the rocks white from bird droppings. Four rocks stand 80 meters deep in the lake. Out of the water, the tallest stands 14 meters high. 沖の白石
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South of Biwako Ohashi Bridge.
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3rd place winner in the Masters Men's Category. マスターズ男子の部 3位 大歯大松籟会B
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Quack, quack. Actually the ducks were pretty quiet.
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Bridge to Yabase
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Cheering/coaching from bicycle
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Kyodai alumni in their 20s and 30s
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So what does "Coral shrine" mean in the song? (There's no coral in the lake.) "I think it just refers to a beautiful place..." 「珊瑚の宮」はどういう意味?
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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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The BL Club B team placed 2nd in the Women's Category. 一般女子の部 2位 BLクラブB
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Entrance and road to the rowing clubhouse
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Tourist info booth sells duck feed
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Yabase lakeshore park 矢橋帰帆島
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Cheering/coaching on foot
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Misty Omi-Hachiman coast
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One of the main events, the 4-man boat race between Todai and Kyodai on a 3200-meter course.
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We landed on Chikubushima for about an hour. Jamie and Megan also sang in English in front of the Verse 4 song monument.
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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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The Shiga University Education Dept. B team placed 3rd in the Women's Category. 一般女子の部 3位 滋賀大教育B
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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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Map of lake area
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Otsu Prince Hotel right across the lake.
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Todai's 4-man crew in the lead
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Jamie and Megan Thompson sing in English in front of the Verse 4 song monument, Chikubushima. Next time we need to have an amplifier.
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Mt. Hiei 比叡山
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Writing the winning team's name on the award certificate (one per team). Students from Doshisha University Rowing Club served as volunteer staff.
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Pedestrain overpass with swan motif.
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River mouth
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Awards ceremony
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Kyodai's 4-man crew try to keep up
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Jamie and Megan Thompson sing in English in front of the Verse 4 song monument, Chikubushima. They sang up to Verse 4. ジェイミーとメゲン・トンプソン姉妹が歌う
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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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Sports Masters poster. The annual Sports Masters national competition was held in Shiga in 2007. This regatta was a supporting event instead of an official competition.
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River and cycling path
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Water intake for Lake Biwa Canal No. 2. The Lake Biwa Canal (Biwako Sosui) supplies water from Lake Biwa in Otsu to Kyoto. After four years of monumental construction, the canal was completed in 1890.
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Lake Biwa shore. If you leave Maibara Station and head straight for the lake, this is what you will see.
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YouTube video of the song Hitsuji-gusa (Water Lilies) by a choir called Koai Gassho no Kai (小合合唱の会) performing at a memorial gathering on the anniversary of Chiaki’s death in Feb. 2013 at Chiaki’s birth home.Video uploaded by Ichii Yasuzo in Niigata.
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Boat landing
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Okinoshima in sight
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Mihogasaki harbor, Otsu. The arrow points to the boat house where Oguchi Taro and crew departed for their rowing trips.Mihogasaki is accessible by bus from Otsu Station. Or just walk west from Hama-Otsu. This is also where water from the lake is drawn into the Biwako Canal's first canal which feeds water to Kyoto.
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Verse 2 Song Monument, Omi-Maiko (Omatsu). On the lake shore in Omi-Maiko (Omatsu) behind Hotel Biwa Lake Otsuka. Built in March 1989. 二番の歌碑。近江舞子(ホテル琵琶レイクオーツカの前)It is on the lake shore, across from a hotel, near what appears to be a boat pier.
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Todai's 4-man crew rowing
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The man holds the 90th Anniversary tour sign as a guide for the tour guests.
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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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Lake Biwa Rowing Course clubhouse, in front of which the awards ceremony was held. It is next to the finish line. The facillity is operated by Shiga Prefecture.
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Imazu Exhibition, May 16 - June 25, 2006 at Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan, Takashima, Shiga. Photo exhibition poster.
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Lake Biwa shore
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Lots of putty line the seams.
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Temporary boat landing
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Misty Okinoshima
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Kyodai's 4-man crew rowing
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Getting back on the boat. Little over a hundred people came on this cruise. If people knew it was gonna be such a beautiful day during this rainy season, more would have certainly come.
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Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan song museum, in Imazu, Shiga 琵琶湖周航の歌資料館
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Lake Biwa Rowing Course boathouse
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Lake Biwa
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Carrying the boat back
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