JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Last additions - Katata and Ukimido Floating Temple 堅田・浮御堂
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Ferris wheel front view.Sep 09, 2016
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Golf practice range in Katata.Sep 09, 2016
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The giant ferris wheel was a remnant of the Biwako Tower amusement park that had long closed.Sep 09, 2016
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge is Shiga's longest bridge.Sep 09, 2016
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This giant ferris wheel was a landmark in Katata until it was finally dismantled.Sep 09, 2016
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Under Biwako Ohashi Bridge Sep 09, 2016
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge Sep 09, 2016
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge Sep 09, 2016
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Ukimido as seen from the lake.Sep 09, 2016
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge connects Moriyama and Katata across the neck of Lake Biwa.Sep 09, 2016
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Another ukiyoe woodblock print by Hiroshige showing "Descending Geese at Katata" with Ukimido in the background. 近江八景「堅田の落雁」Jun 08, 2008
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Ukiyoe woodblock print by Hiroshige showing "Descending Geese at Katata" with Ukimido in the foreground. 近江八景「堅田の落雁」Jun 08, 2008
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View of Ukimido while rowing on Lake Biwa.Jun 08, 2008
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With twin two-lane bridges, the 1.4-km north bridge (Katata to Moriyama traffic) was completed in 1994. The south bridge (1.35 km) was the original bridge completed in 1964 (for for Moriyama to Katata traffic).Jun 08, 2008
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Also on the 2nd floor is an information room about Lake Biwa and Shiga.Jun 08, 2008
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Omi rice made in Shiga.Jun 08, 2008
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Katata pierJun 08, 2008
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The hump at the center is about 26.3 meters above the lake surface allowing boats to pass under. If you bicycle around Lake Biwa, you can cross this bridge as a short cut. But I recommend cycling all the way down to central Otsu.Jun 08, 2008
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Bridge traffic is well over 30,000 vehicles per day.Jun 08, 2008
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The Biwako Ohashi Bridge spans the neck of Lake Biwa's panhandle between Moriyama and Katata, the lake's narrowest width. Completed in Sept. 1964, the bridge portion over the lake is 1.4 km long.Jun 08, 2008
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About Biwako Ohashi Bridge.Jun 08, 2008
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Biwako Ohashi as seen from the lookout deck on the 2nd floor. The bridge makes it almost 50 min. faster to go to the other side of the lake.Jun 08, 2008
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Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza lookout deck on the 2nd floor.Jun 08, 2008
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge is a toll road (200 yen for ordinary passenger cars), but free for bicycles and pedestrians who can go on the sidewalk. There are actually two parallel bridges, making it a four-lane bridge. The additional bridge was built in 1994.Jun 08, 2008
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge as seen from Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza in Katata. 琵琶湖大橋Jun 08, 2008
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Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza facing the lake. It also has a lookout deck on the 2nd floor.Jun 08, 2008
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Michinoeki Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza, a shopping place for local produce. 道の駅びわ湖大橋米プラザJun 08, 2008
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Music box where you press a button to hear the song through a speaker. Hear the song at YouTube.Jun 08, 2008
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Inside Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza. "Kome" means rice. On the first floor they sell local rice and produce.Jun 08, 2008
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Biwako Aika (Lake Biwa Elegy) Monument and memorial for songwriter Okuno Yashio who was from Katata. Details about the song here. 琵琶湖哀歌の歌碑 堅田Jun 08, 2008
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JR Katata Station on the JR Kosei Line along the western shore of Lake Biwa, Shiga. Local buses run to Ukimido and other places. There's also a bus which crosses the Biwako Ohashi Bridge to reach Moriyama on the other side. 堅田駅Jun 08, 2008
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The accident occurred on April 6, 1941. The boys from Kanazawa were students at the No. 4 High School 第四高等学校 which today is Kanazawa University. The sad incident spurred Okuno to create this song.Jun 08, 2008
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Biwako Aika 琵琶湖哀歌 (Lake Biwa Elegy) is a mournful song dedicated to the eight college rowers from Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture and three rowers from Kyoto who died while practicing in waters off Takashima-cho, Haginohama beach when struck by stJun 08, 2008
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Vintage postcard of Ukimido floating temple before 1937 when the building was rebuilt. Flimsy stilts in comparison.Jun 08, 2008
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Concrete stilts. Compare this with the next postcard image.Jun 08, 2008
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Mt. Mikami in the distance.Jun 08, 2008
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Bench on shore near UkimidoJun 08, 2008
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North side of Ukimido. Haiku poet also visited Ukimido and wrote a haiku poem about it, displayed on a stone monument on shore.Jun 08, 2008
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Altar facing the lake, with some of the 1,000 Amida Buddha figures.Jun 08, 2008
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Altar facing the lake.Jun 08, 2008
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Altar facing the shoreJun 08, 2008
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View of Lake Biwa from Ukimido. The Biwako Ohashi Bridge can be seen in the distance.Jun 08, 2008
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Concrete stilts reinforce the wooden stilts.Jun 08, 2008
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Balcony looking toward Lake BiwaJun 08, 2008
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Balcony facing the lake.Jun 08, 2008
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View from the balcony.Jun 08, 2008
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View from the bridge to Ukimido Floating Temple, Katata, Shiga. The building houses altars and 1,000 small Amida Buddha figures supposedly carved by Priest Enshin. Dedicated to transportation safety on the lake.Jun 08, 2008
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Bridge from shoreJun 08, 2008
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The Ukimido building itself has been rebuilt a few times over the centuries. It was first built in the 10th century by Priest Eshin (Genshin 源信) from Enryakuji temple on Mt. Hiei. The current temple building was built in 1937 and renovated in 1982.Jun 08, 2008
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Ukimido floating temple in Katata, one of Shiga's most famous and picturesque buildings. One of the eight Omi Hakkei Views made famous by ukiyoe prints by Hiroshige.Jun 08, 2008
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The scenic Ukimido has been the subject of ukiyoe woodblock prints (see below) by Hiroshige and other artists. You can walk on the short bridge to the Ukimido.Jun 08, 2008
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Entrance to Ukimido Floating Temple, which is actually Mangetsu-ji temple. Admission is 300 yen. Hours: 8 am - 5 pm. Buses run from Katata Station. Parking available. 満月寺 浮御堂 MAPJun 08, 2008
 
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