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Waterwheel 水車
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Waterwwheel (not working)
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Kasai Rinkai Park ferris wheel
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Kasai Rinkai Park ferris wheel. Distorted by wide-angle lens. (It does not lean like that.)
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel.
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel.
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel.
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel.
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Don't ride the ferris wheel if you're afraid of heights. It is very high and the wind blows through.
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel. Disneyland in the distance.
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The spacious park is an oasis. Lots of greenery, a beach, bicycling roads, birdwatching stations, and an aquarium.
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View of Kasai Kaihin Park
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Notogawa Station on JR Tokaido/Biwako Line. Beautifully designed station resembling a water wheel, the symbol of the town. East Exit. 能登川駅
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Notogawa Station, East side
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Notogawa Station, West Exit, also designed as a water wheel. This is one of Shiga's best-designed train stations. Beautifully designed station resembling a water wheel, the symbol of the town.
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Rear view of the waterwheel station as seen from the train.
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Inside Notogawa Station. The waterwheel structure houses a stairway and escalator.
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Notogawa Station's west side has a shopping mall whose entrance has a waterwheel motif.
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Waterwheel objects on Notogawa Station's west side.
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Waterwheel objects on Notogawa Station's west side.
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Waterwheel objects on Notogawa Station's west side.
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Notogawa in Higashi-Omi is famous for its giant water wheel. Bike path to Notogawa, another area in Shiga with a good and scenic bike path.
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Cycling path in Notogawa, Higashi-Omi.
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Cycling path in Notogawa, Higashi-Omi.
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Mt. Kinugasa (Kannonji)
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Cycling and pedestrian path in Notogawa, Higashi-Omi.
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Cycling path map in Notogawa, Higashi-Omi.
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Canoe Land
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Notogawa giant water wheel in Higashi-Omi, Shiga. Map
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Symbol of Notogawa
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Poster for dragon canoe race in June
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Uses a water wheel to grind rice.
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Cycling and pedestrian path in Notogawa, Higashi-Omi.
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Cycling and pedestrian path in Notogawa, Higashi-Omi.
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Cycling and pedestrian path in red in Notogawa, Higashi-Omi.
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The giant ferris wheel was a remnant of the Biwako Tower amusement park that had long closed.
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Golf practice range in Katata.
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Ferris wheel front view.
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Otsu Port as seen from Hama-Otsu Station. It's a 3-min. walk from the station. MAP
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Otsu Port for Michigan. These photos were taken in Aug. 2010 and earlier years. You can see how the boat's trimmings look different.
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Most of Lake Biwa's cruise boats are named after Shiga Prefecture's sister states or cities. Michigan, USA is Shiga's sister state. Michigan is home to the largest lake in the US, while Shiga is home to Japan's largest lake.
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Michigan looking slightly different from years ago. Accommodates 787 passengers.
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The Michigan first sailed in April 1982. It is 59 meters long and 11.7 meters wide. With 700 horsepower, it can cruise up to 8.65 knots.1982年4月2日進水。939.7総トン、全長59.0m、幅11.7m、出力700馬力、最高速力8.65ノット。
旅客定員787名。
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Front of the Michigan boat.
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At Otsu Port, passengers wait to board the Michigan.
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Before we could board, they had this flag signal session.
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A trio of entertainers perform while passengers board the boat.
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Now, only one entertainer performs as passengers board the boat in Aug. 2010.
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Michigan boat at Otsu Port. I would call this boat suited for spring and fall. The open-air design can make it too hot or too cold if you don't opt to pay extra to relax in the air-conditioned rooms.
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This was going to be a one-hour cruise around the Lake Biwa. This cruise which departs Otsu at 3:30 pm is called Michigan 60. Costs 2,200 yen for adults and half price for elementary schoolers.
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Spelling mistake...
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Going to board the Michigan paddlewheel boat.
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An earlier photo of the Michigan. Notice the different trimmings.
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Those international flags on the top deck weren't there when I went in Aug. 2010.
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Michigan paddlewheel boat leaving Otsu Port, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
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Michigan paddlewheel boat on Lake Biwa.
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During Aug. 2010, they displayed some native Lake Biwa fish in fish tanks on the boat.
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Lake Biwa catfish, a native species not found anywhere else in the world.
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Otsu Port as seen from the boat dock.
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Leaving Otsu Port as the ground crew wave us off.
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2nd floor welcome mat.
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Bow of Michigan.
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Bow
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Wooden staircase on the Michigan paddlewheel boat.
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Michigan paddlewheel.
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Open deck.
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As the boat turns, the sun's striking area changes. People leave wherever the sun strikes in the heat of summer.
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Featuring an entertainment stage, Becky's Square on the 3rd floor is the largest area for passengers. Unfortunately, it's not air-conditioned.
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Entertainment stage on 3rd floor. The entertainers always seem to be from Australia. Instead of a trio, I think they now got only one entertainer.
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3rd floor deck.
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Western Otsu.
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Mt. Mikami (Omi-Fuji).
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Certificates
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Letter of appreciation from the governor of Michigan in 2006. Click to read the letter.
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Plaque about the Michigan.
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Photographers are on the prowl on the boat, offering to take your picture. After the cruise, you can buy a photo for 1,000 yen.
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