JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Last additions - Imazu 今津町
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William Merrell Vories architecture map of Shiga.Sep 09, 2016
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About the remains of the Kaga Clan's magistrate's office.Sep 09, 2016
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Water liliesSep 09, 2016
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Water lilies from the Niigata home of Chiaki Yoshida who composed the melody of Lake Biwa Rowing Song. From the original plant that Chiaki planted.Sep 09, 2016
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Souvenirs also sold in the museum.Sep 09, 2016
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Comments about the song are welcome.Sep 09, 2016
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Records of the song by various artists including Tokiko Kato.Sep 09, 2016
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Exhibit about Yoshida Chiaki who composed the original melody.Sep 09, 2016
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Exhibit about Oguchi Taro who created the song.Sep 09, 2016
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Song museum's listening station where you can listen to many cover versions of the Lake Biwa Rowing Song recorded by Japanese singers and groups.Sep 09, 2016
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Pictures of Lake Biwa Rowing Song monuments in Shiga. One for each of the six verses in the respective locations mentioned in the song.Sep 09, 2016
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Another boat mate matched Oguchi's lyrics to the melody based on the old song called Water Lilies as modified by a young Chiaki Yoshida.It soon became a popular dormitory song. The song became a national hit in 1971 when singer Tokiko Kato recorded it. Numerous famous Japanese singers and groups have since released cover versions of the song. The town of Imazu even holds an annual song contest in June when choir groups from around Japan sing the song in a competition. The town even has this museum dedicated to the song.Sep 09, 2016
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Inside the song museum.The song is about the boys rowing around Lake Biwa while mentioning famous places like Otsu (the starting point), Omi-Maiko (Omatsu), Imazu, Chikubushima, Nagahama, and Chomeiji.
Sep 09, 2016
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Imazu Port in spring.Sep 09, 2016
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Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan Museum, dedicated to the Lake Biwa Rowing Song, Shiga's most famous song. 琵琶湖周航の歌資料館 MAPIn June 1917, a song called Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) was composed by college student Taro Oguchi during a boat rowing trip around Lake Biwa. He was a member of the rowing club at Dai-san High School (now Kyoto University). He composed it in Imazu, Shiga Prefecture during the second night of the trip.Sep 09, 2016
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JR Omi-Imazu Station turnstileSep 09, 2016
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JR Omi-Imazu Station's tourist information booth where you can pick up pamphlets and rent a bicycle.Sep 09, 2016
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JR Omi-Imazu Station platformSep 09, 2016
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JR Omi-Imazu StationSep 09, 2016
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JR Omi-Imazu Station in spring with colorful azaleas.Sep 09, 2016
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JR Omi-Imazu Station on the JR Kosei Line is Imazu's train station. Sep 09, 2016
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There's also a line from Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song). My kind of bus.Apr 15, 2014
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If you look closely, you can things that Imazu is famous for, like zazenso Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers. Apr 15, 2014
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Bus at Omi-Imazu Station with localized design.Apr 15, 2014
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Japanese-style room in Chojiya ryokan. Very quaint and quiet place fronting the lake.May 12, 2009
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Inside Chojiya. May 12, 2009
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Inside Chojiya. Very impressive Japanese-style inn with lake views. This ryokan is also well-known for duck dinners.May 12, 2009
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Chojiya ryokan along the lake shore. From the roadside, it looks like a small building, but it has much depth toward the lake shore. 丁子屋May 12, 2009
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Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine 住吉神社Mar 20, 2009
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View of Imazu shore from a high-rise hotelDec 04, 2007
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View of Imazu from a high-rise hotelDec 04, 2007
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View of Imazu from a high-rise hotelDec 04, 2007
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Path through the grove of Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers 座禅草Oct 03, 2007
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Eastern Skunk Cabbage flower 座禅草Oct 03, 2007
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Eastern Skunk Cabbage flower 座禅草Oct 03, 2007
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Confection in the shape of Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowersOct 03, 2007
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Entrance to grove of Eastern Skunk Cabbage (zazenso) 座禅草Oct 03, 2007
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Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers 座禅草Oct 03, 2007
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Imazu is also noted for zazenso Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers blooming in Feb. and March.Oct 03, 2007
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These flowers actually generate heat, so if it's a snowy ground, the snow around the flower would be melted.Oct 03, 2007
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In winter, road toward Imazu PortNov 24, 2006
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Shopping arcadeNov 24, 2006
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Snowy seatsNov 24, 2006
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Lakeshore road in winterNov 24, 2006
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Imazu in winterNov 24, 2006
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Waiting lounge at Imazu Port in winter.Nov 24, 2006
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Song monument buried in snow at Imazu Port in winter.Nov 24, 2006
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Song monument and snowNov 24, 2006
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On the shore is a small stone wall and foundation, the remains of the Kaga Clan's magistrate's office. Imazu was within the Kaga domain (centering on Ishikawa Prefecture) during the Edo Period.Nov 01, 2005
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Shopping arcade on the west side of Omi-Imazu StationOct 22, 2005
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Omi-Imazu station, west sideOct 22, 2005
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In front of Omi-Imazu Station, East ExitOct 22, 2005
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Omi-Imazu Station on JR Kosei Line, East ExitOct 22, 2005
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Omi-Imazu Station, west sideOct 22, 2005
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Chikubushima and Mt. Ibuki as seen from Imazu.Oct 22, 2005
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Inside Omi-Imazu StationOct 22, 2005
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Former bank buildingOct 22, 2005
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Omi-Imazu Station, west exitOct 22, 2005
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Lake Biwa shore in Imazu, with a boat landing in the distanceOct 22, 2005
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Black kite going fishing トビOct 22, 2005
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Inside the former bank buildingOct 22, 2005
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Imazu Church, designed by William Merrell Vories. Next to the former bank building also designed by Vories.Oct 22, 2005
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Imazu's main road along the shore.Oct 22, 2005
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List of cover versions by singers like Miyako Harumi, Kobayashi Akira, Watari Tetsuya, Baisho Chieko, Frank Nagai, and more.Oct 22, 2005
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Former bank building in Imazu, Shiga designed by William Merrell Vories. Now a coffee shop and exhibition space. MAPOct 22, 2005
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Made of wood. The seats do not move. It is an obsolete racing boat.Oct 22, 2005
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Model of fixed-seat boat depicted in the song. See the real one on Lake Biwa here.Oct 22, 2005
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Road from Imazu Port to Omi-Imazu Station.Oct 22, 2005
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Imazu Port, a 5-min. walk from Omi-Imazu Station. A nice restaurant is on the upper floor.Oct 22, 2005
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Lake Biwa from Imazu shore. Mt. Ibuki in the distance.Oct 22, 2005
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Scenic water on sunny day, TakashimaOct 22, 2005
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Imazu beachOct 22, 2005
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One of the verses mentions a red fire on shore in Imazu. This is thought to be a lamp on the pier. This monument commemorates the song. More about the song here.Oct 22, 2005
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Chikubushima as seen from Imazu PortOct 22, 2005
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The song became a national hit in 1971 when singer Tokiko Kato recorded it. Numerous famous Japanese singers and groups have since released cover versions of the song.Oct 22, 2005
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Pier and Chikubushima in the distanceOct 22, 2005
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The song is about the boys rowing around Lake Biwa while mentioning famous places like Otsu (the starting point), Omi-Maiko, Imazu, Chikubushima, Nagahama, and Chomeiji.The song is about the boys rowing around Lake Biwa while mentioning famous places like Otsu (the starting point), Omi-Maiko (Omatsu), Imazu, Chikubushima, Nagahama, and Chomeiji.Oct 22, 2005
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Red flame monument for Biwako Shuko no Uta song 琵琶湖周航の歌 歌碑Oct 22, 2005
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Oguchi Taro was a member of the rowing club at Dai-san High School (now Kyoto University). He composed it in Imazu, Shiga Prefecture during the second night of the trip.Oct 22, 2005
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Biwako Shuko no Uta song monument at Imazu Port. In June 1917, a song called Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) was composed by college student Taro Oguchi during a boat rowing trip around Lake Biwa.Lake Biwa Rowing Song. The boat goes to Chikubushima.Oct 22, 2005
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Arriving Imazu Port. MAPOct 22, 2005
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Imazu Port and boat to Chikubushima.Oct 22, 2005
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Imazu is a lakeside town with Imazu Port where boats depart for Chikubushima island. Approaching Imazu by boat from Chikubushima.Oct 22, 2005
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Besides taking the train, you can get to Imazu by boat from Nagahama (Chikubushima). Boat to ImazuOct 22, 2005
   
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