JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono

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Imazu is a lakeside town with Imazu Port where boats depart for Chikubushima island. Approaching Imazu by boat from Chikubushima.
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Imazu Port and boat to Chikubushima.
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Arriving Imazu Port. MAP
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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.
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Red flame monument for Biwako Shuko no Uta song 琵琶湖周航の歌 歌碑
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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.
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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.
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Waiting lounge at Imazu Port in winter.
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Song monument buried in snow at Imazu Port in winter.
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Song monument and snow
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Pier and Chikubushima in the distance
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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.
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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.
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Imazu Port, a 5-min. walk from Omi-Imazu Station. A nice restaurant is on the upper floor.
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Lake Biwa from Imazu shore. Mt. Ibuki in the distance.
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Chikubushima as seen from Imazu Port
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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.
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List of cover versions by singers like Miyako Harumi, Kobayashi Akira, Watari Tetsuya, Baisho Chieko, Frank Nagai, and more.
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Model of fixed-seat boat depicted in the song. See the real one on Lake Biwa here.
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Made of wood. The seats do not move. It is an obsolete racing boat.
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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.
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Water lilies
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Imazu's main road along the shore.
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Chikubushima and Mt. Ibuki as seen from Imazu.
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Imazu in winter
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Imazu beach
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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.
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Black kite going fishing トビ
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Lake Biwa shore in Imazu, with a boat landing in the distance
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Former bank building in Imazu, Shiga designed by William Merrell Vories. Now a coffee shop and exhibition space. MAP
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Inside the former bank building
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Former bank building
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Imazu Church, designed by William Merrell Vories. Next to the former bank building also designed by Vories.
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Road from Imazu Port to Omi-Imazu Station.
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Snowy seats
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Omi-Imazu Station on JR Kosei Line, East Exit
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Inside Omi-Imazu Station
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In front of Omi-Imazu Station, East Exit
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Omi-Imazu Station, west exit
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Omi-Imazu station, west side
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Omi-Imazu Station, west side
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Bus at Omi-Imazu Station with localized design.
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Shopping arcade on the west side of Omi-Imazu Station
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Shopping arcade
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Scenic water on sunny day, Takashima
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