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Held on the first Sunday in June from 10:30 am, the Azuchi Nobunaga Festival is dedicated to Oda Nobunaga who built Azuchi Castle. Parking was available at nearby Bungei no Sato.
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The Azuchi Nobunaga Festival's main venue was here, next to Azuchi Castle (hill on right). MAP
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Lots of great local food and products were sold. Official website here.
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Stage entertainment (Azuchi Castle ruins in background).
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Demonstration of matchlock guns, Azuchi Nobunaga Festival in Azuchi, Omi-Hachiman.
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They came from Hikone. 鉄砲隊演武(彦根鉄砲隊)
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Very loud boom. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Demonstration of matchlock guns, Azuchi Nobunaga Festival.Even these people had to obtain police permission to bear and fire these feudal-era guns.
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Boat ride along the moat of Azuchi Castle.
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和船
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These boat rides are offered only during this annual festival.
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Welcome aboard!
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Boat ride
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Ahoy there!
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"This place changed a lot since my childhood..."
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At the foot of Azuchi, the boat ride was very popular and cheap.
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End of the ride.
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Shingu Shrine where they had more festival entertainment. 新宮神社
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Shrine building
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Chin-don-ya street entertainers
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Chin-don-ya street entertainers
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Kami shibai storyteller 紙芝居
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Kami shibai storyteller telling a story about Nobunaga. 紙芝居
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Musha Gyoretsu warrior procession 武者行列The procession started with Ashigaru foot soldiers. 足軽
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The most important historical persons in Azuchi's feudal history were represented.
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Shibata Katsuie
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Akechi Mitsuhide (assassinated Nobunaga)
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Takigawa Kazumasu 滝川一益
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Niwa Nagahide 丹羽長秀
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Nohime, wife of Oda Nobunaga. 農姫
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Nohime, wife of Oda Nobunaga. 農姫
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Oda Nobunaga at Azuchi Nobunaga Matsuri. 織田信長
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Oda Nobunaga 織田信長
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Ishida Mitsunari 石田三成
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Ladies in waiting (hey there, look up!)下を向いたらあかん。
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Nene, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's wife
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Nene, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's wife
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Toyotomi Hideyoshi 豊臣秀吉
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Ii Naomasa 井伊 直政
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もっと奇麗に歩け
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Tokugawa Ieyasu 徳川家康
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Hello horse! He was just starting at me. Tokugawa Ieyasu
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Nobunaga speaks.
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Street performer in front of the steps to Azuchi Castle ruins.
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In front of Azuchi Station. That's a statue of Oda Nobunaga who built Azuchi Castle. MAP
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Azuchi Station
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Bicycle path. In front of Azuchi Station, bicycles are available for rent. I highly recommend bicycling rather than walking.
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To Bungei no Sato. This is a complex of several buildings including a castle museum and archealogical museum. 文芸の郷 MAP
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House of Nobunaga (Nobunaga no Yakata). A replica of the top (best) part of Azuchi Castle is displayed inside. See this album to see what's inside. MAP
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Old Ryugen Gakko school. First built in 1876 as a primary school in Takashima, northern Shiga, this is the prefecture's oldest surviving school building. It was moved here for display. 旧柳原学校旧柳原学校
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Inside old school. 旧柳原学校
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Traditional minka house
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Inside minka house
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Rental bicycle
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Shiga Prefectural Azuchi Castle Archaelogical Museum. This is where they painstakingly clean and catalog all the pieces dug up at the Azuchi Castle ruins. You can watch them at work. 安土城考古博物館
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Storage room
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Jomon Period dugout canoe replica made in 1990. Carved out of single log, two men successfully used it to paddle to Chikubushima from Onoe, Nagahama.
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Shiga Prefectural Azuchi Castle Archaelogical Museum. MAP
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From the museum, there is a nice bike path.
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Built in 1579 by Oda Nobunaga, Azuchi Castle was unique for its octagonal castle tower. It was attacked and destroyed only 3 years later. The castle is on a hill in Azuchi, Omi-Hachiman, Shiga Prefecture. MAPAzuchi Castle marker.
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Mt. Azuchi
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Scenic bike path
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Cycling path in Azuchi.
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Cycling path in Azuchi named Yoshi-bue Road.
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Cycling path in Azuchi near Lake Nishinoko.
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Cycling path in Azuchi near Lake Nishinoko.
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Bike path that goes on forever
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Cycling path in Azuchi, Omi-Hachiman.
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Azuchi Tourist Office
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Police box in front of Azuchi Station
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To Mt. Azuchi where Azuchi Castle once stood in Omi-Hachiman. If you don't have a car, rent a bicycle at Azuchi Station (or ride a taxi). The castle site is not very far from Azuchi Station by bicycle.
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Foot of Mt. Azuchi
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Main stairs of Otemichi path
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A lot of impressive stone work remains of Azuchi Castle.
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Site of Hashiba Hideyoshi's quarters at Azuchi Castle.
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Site of Hashiba Hideyoshi's quarters.
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Stone buddha
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Steps to castle tower foundation
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Castle tower foundation
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Castle tower foundation
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Castle tower foundation
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Azuchi Castle tower foundation stones still remain.
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View from atop Mt. Azuchi.
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Nishi no Ko lake
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Nishi no Ko lake
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Sumo ring near Azuchi Station. It was built in 1988 and once used for a exhibition sumo tournament. It was removed in late 2014 due to a redevelopment of this train station area.
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Castle modelIn the Azuchi Castle Museum (Azuchi Jokaku Shiryokan)

安土城郭資料館
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Oda NobunagaIn the Azuchi Castle Museum (Azuchi Jokaku Shiryokan)

安土城郭資料館
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Azuchi Castle Museum (Azuchi Jokaku Shiryokan)
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Azuchi Castle Museum (Azuchi Jokaku Shiryokan)
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Azuchi Castle Museum (Azuchi Jokaku Shiryokan)In the Azuchi Castle Museum (Azuchi Jokaku Shiryokan)

安土城郭資料館
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Azuchi Castle Museum (Azuchi Jokaku Shiryokan). Near Azuchi Station. 安土城郭資料館 MAP
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Canal
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Johama PortFormer site of Johama Port which was used from the 15th century to 1930. Boats from Lake Biwa came through a canal. Reconstructed in 1983.

常浜
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Canal to Johama Port
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Canal to Johama Port
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Also in Azuchi is this museum called the House of Nobunaga (Nobunaga no Yakata) which displays a life-size replica of the top part of Azuchi Castle. MAP
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Azuchi Castle tower replica at House of Nobunaga. Very ornate and beautiful. both outside and inside.
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This Azuchi Castle tower replica was displayed in the Japan Pavilion at the Seville Expo '92 in Spain before it was moved here.
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Azuchi Castle replica
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Azuchi Castle construction
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Azuchi Castle in snowThe castle was made as a snow sculpture at the Sapporo Snow Festival in Feb. 2000.
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The unique hexagonal base of the upper section of the Azuchi Castle donjon.
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Oda Nobunaga actually started living in Azuchi Castle's main tower or donjon. Normally, the castle lord resided in a separate palace.
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Azuchi has a cultural complex called Bungei no Sato. It includes a concert hall called Bungei Seminario, the venue of the Yoshibue Concert. If you missed the shuttle bus, you'll have to take a taxi from Azuchi Station. 文芸セミナリヨ
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Yoshibue is a small flute made from reeds grown in Lake Nishinoko, one of Lake Biwa's attached lake. I attended the 4th Yoshibue Concert on April 4, 2009 which was Yoshibue Day.
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Flower arrangement using reeds.
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Yoshibue reed flute, made from reeds growing in Lake Biwa (Lake Nishinoko).
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Inside the Bungei Seminario in Azuchi, Shiga. This hall is noted for a large pipe organ. The yoshibue concert started at noon and ended at about 4 pm. Free admission.
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The Japan Yoshibue Association held a yoshibue (flute made of reeds growing in Lake Biwa) concert on April 4, 2009 which was Yoshibue Day. Various groups playing the reed flute gathered to perform a free concert. This married pair called Hot Line. ほっ
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Hot Line often appears at various events. He plays the guitar while she plays the yoshibue. 「よし笛の日」定期演奏会
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Part of the stage decoration were these towering bundles of reeds from Lake Biwa.
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Special halftime entertainment provided by a Uyghur dish dancer by a Chinese dancer. She is an graduate student attending Hyogo University. ジャミラ ウライム
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The concert was held by the Japan Yoshibue Association (Nihon Yoshibue Kyokai 日本よし笛協会) formed in 2006.
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Yoshibue Junior Ensemble consisting of kids playing the reed flute. Eighteen yoshibue groups performed. Most of them welcome new members. I saw groups from Omi-Hachiman, Moriyama, Konan, Otsu, Yasu, and Kyoto.
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Yoshibue Junior Ensemble kids playing the reed flute. Also see my YouTube video here. and here..
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Playing the yoshibue reed flute from Lake Biwa.
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This is Mr. Kikui, the inventor of the yoshibue.
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Group from Kyoto called Kawasemi, named after the kingfisher bird.
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A duo called Lake Reed.
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Kikui-san 菊井 了
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Sign says "Yoshibue Day" which is April 4. "Yoshi" means reed, and both yo and shi can also be translated as the number 4.
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The final number was Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song).
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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The audience sang along during Biwako Shuko no Uta. Also see the Yoshibue Association's official Web site here.
 
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