JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Last additions - Omi-Maiko and western beaches of Lake Biwa 近江舞子・湖西
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Yachting and rowing on Lake Biwa.Sep 17, 2016
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Sailboats on Lake BiwaSep 17, 2016
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Water skier on Lake BiwaSep 17, 2016
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Lake monitoring stationSep 17, 2016
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Manohama BeachSep 17, 2016
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Manohama BeachSep 17, 2016
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Manohama BeachSep 17, 2016
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Sailboats and Lake Biwa manhole for Shiga-cho in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.Sep 17, 2016
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Juge Shrine near Shiga StationSep 17, 2016
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JR Shiga Station on the Kosei Line.Sep 17, 2016
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Matsunoura Camp grounds along Lake Biwa near Shiga Station.Sep 17, 2016
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JR Kosei Line near Hira.Sep 17, 2016
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JR Hira Station on the Kosei LineSep 17, 2016
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Kita Hira beach for kids.Sep 17, 2016
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Kita Hira beachSep 17, 2016
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Heron hunting for dinner.Sep 17, 2016
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A little south of Omi-Maiko. Bicycled from Omi-Maiko and went south.Sep 17, 2016
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Attached lake behind the beachOct 23, 2005
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Parking lot entranceOct 23, 2005
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Omi-Maiko Beach Management OfficeOct 23, 2005
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Goddess for lake safetyOct 23, 2005
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Monument for Biwako Hakkei. "Cool Breeze on White Sands of Omatsu" is one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa as selected in 1949.Oct 23, 2005
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Marker for OmatsuOmatsu is the old name for Omi-Maiko.Oct 23, 2005
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Green pine and white sand of Omi-Maiko, Lake Biwa.Oct 23, 2005
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White sands at Omi-Maiko, Lake Biwa.Oct 23, 2005
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Manyoshu MonumentOct 23, 2005
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Clear waters and beautiful Lake Biwa beach at Omi-MaikoOct 23, 2005
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Omi-MaikoOct 23, 2005
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Monument for Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta).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. 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.

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.

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.

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Monument for Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta)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 a museum dedicated to the song.

One of the verses mentions Omatsu (now called Omi-Maiko). This monument commemorates the song and that verse.
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Or go right to see the best beaches...Oct 23, 2005
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Go left or right...Disobey the sign and go right to visit the main beach.Oct 23, 2005
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Omi-Maiko Station on JR Kosei Line. It makes it easy for people in Kyoto to visit Omi-Maiko. MAPSign says "Welcome to Omi-Maiko." Omi-Maiko was in the former town of Shiga-cho that merged into Otsu.Oct 23, 2005
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Go left to visit the hotelOct 23, 2005
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