JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Rowing 'Round Lake Biwa 琵琶湖周航
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Everyone enjoyed the rowing trip. The motorboat on Lake Biwa was fun and I got a lotta good shots.Sep 07, 2006
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The last boat arrives.Sep 07, 2006
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The boats are stored outside since there is no room inside the boathouse which stores the most expensive boats.Sep 07, 2006
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Lots of water drained out when the boat was turned over.Sep 07, 2006
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JR train tracks (Biwako/Tokaido Line)Sep 07, 2006
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Home base. The gray concrete building is their boathouse.Sep 07, 2006
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Singing the Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta). 琵琶湖周航の歌「われは湖の子...」Sep 07, 2006
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Removing weeds caught on the oars.Sep 07, 2006
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Seta Karahashi Bridge on Seta River. 瀬田唐橋Sep 07, 2006
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Taking out the water.Sep 07, 2006
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The boat is deluged with large swells spilling into the boat. 大波Sep 07, 2006
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Zeze Castle ruins 膳所城跡Sep 07, 2006
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Omi Ohashi BridgeSep 07, 2006
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Toward Omi Ohashi Bridge. 近江大橋Sep 07, 2006
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Rowing off central Otsu. 大津Sep 07, 2006
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Michigan paddlewheel boat. ミシガンSep 07, 2006
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Fireworks platform for the Biwako Fireworks that night.Sep 07, 2006
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MichiganSep 07, 2006
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Mixing with sailboats.Sep 07, 2006
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Near miss?Sep 07, 2006
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Making repairs. The boats are decades old.Sep 07, 2006
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Cooling offSep 07, 2006
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Otsu Prince Hotel in the distance.Sep 07, 2006
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Karasaki Pine Tree (One of the Eight Views of Omi or Omi Hakkei) as seen from Lake Biwa. 唐崎の松(近江八景)Sep 07, 2006
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Torii on shore (Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine) near Sakamoto. 鳥居Sep 07, 2006
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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Sep 07, 2006
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Omi-Fuji (Mt. Mikami) and Karasuma Peninsula. 近江富士(三上山)と烏丸半島Sep 07, 2006
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Lots of putty line the seams.Sep 07, 2006
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Mt. Hiei 比叡山Sep 07, 2006
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Rowing past the Ukimido Floating Temple in Katata. 堅田 浮御堂(近江八景)Sep 07, 2006
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South of Biwako Ohashi Bridge.Sep 07, 2006
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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)Sep 07, 2006
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge 琵琶湖大橋Sep 07, 2006
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Small motorboat which accompanies the three rowing boats. I was aboard this motorboat and took pictures.Sep 07, 2006
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Waving the signal flag at a checkpoint to staff on shore.Sep 07, 2006
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Departing Manohama at about 11:30 am. 真野浜出発Sep 07, 2006
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Ferris wheel from the Biwako Tower amusement park, now defunct. 琵琶湖タワー(廃墟)Sep 07, 2006
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Oars and boatsSep 07, 2006
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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.Sep 07, 2006
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Day 3: Arrival at Manohama beach, near the west end of Biwako Ohashi Bridge. 真野浜上陸Sep 07, 2006
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Landed in fishing lines.Sep 07, 2006
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Great summer day for the beach at Omi-Maiko, one of the most popular and whitest beaches on Lake Biwa.Sep 07, 2006
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The orange boat decided to go ashore where it was less crowded.Sep 07, 2006
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Two boats will lie here overnight.Sep 07, 2006
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Dark Blue Blades, symbol of the Kyoto Univ. rowing club.Sep 07, 2006
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Notice the rudder. Controlled by a pair of strings held by the cox.Sep 07, 2006
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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.Sep 07, 2006
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Beachgoers frolick in the lake as the rowing boats arrive.Sep 07, 2006
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Most people were oblivious to the boats.Sep 07, 2006
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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.Sep 07, 2006
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The green boat. 近江舞子上陸Sep 07, 2006
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Each boat has four rowers and cox who steers the rudder.Sep 07, 2006
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The boats are wooden, and a few decades old.Sep 07, 2006
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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.
Sep 07, 2006
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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Sep 07, 2006
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Arriving Omi-Maiko on Day 1. Rowing around the lake has been an annual tradition.Sep 07, 2006
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The white boat. A song was even composed for this trip, called Biwako Shuko no Uta.Sep 07, 2006
   
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