JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Most viewed - Imazu 今津町
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Imazu is a lakeside town with Imazu Port where boats depart for Chikubushima island. Approaching Imazu by boat from Chikubushima.229 views
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Scenic water on sunny day, Takashima171 views
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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.159 viewsLake Biwa Rowing Song. The boat goes to Chikubushima.
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Imazu in winter144 views
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Lake Biwa shore in Imazu, with a boat landing in the distance140 views
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Chikubushima and Mt. Ibuki as seen from Imazu.138 views
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Chikubushima as seen from Imazu Port111 views
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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.108 views
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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.107 views
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Former bank building in Imazu, Shiga designed by William Merrell Vories. Now a coffee shop and exhibition space. MAP106 views
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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.105 viewsThe 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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Imazu Port, a 5-min. walk from Omi-Imazu Station. A nice restaurant is on the upper floor.102 views
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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.101 views
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Imazu Church, designed by William Merrell Vories. Next to the former bank building also designed by Vories.100 views
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Shopping arcade on the west side of Omi-Imazu Station77 views
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Eastern Skunk Cabbage flower 座禅草73 views
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Imazu's main road along the shore.72 views
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Imazu beach68 views
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Shopping arcade67 views
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Besides taking the train, you can get to Imazu by boat from Nagahama (Chikubushima). Boat to Imazu66 views
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Road from Imazu Port to Omi-Imazu Station.66 views
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Inside Omi-Imazu Station65 views
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List of cover versions by singers like Miyako Harumi, Kobayashi Akira, Watari Tetsuya, Baisho Chieko, Frank Nagai, and more.64 views
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Arriving Imazu Port. MAP62 views
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Lake Biwa from Imazu shore. Mt. Ibuki in the distance.60 views
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Omi-Imazu Station on JR Kosei Line, East Exit60 views
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Made of wood. The seats do not move. It is an obsolete racing boat.59 views
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Lakeshore road in winter59 views
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In winter, road toward Imazu Port59 views
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Pier and Chikubushima in the distance58 views
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Omi-Imazu Station, west side58 views
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In front of Omi-Imazu Station, East Exit58 views
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Black kite going fishing トビ57 views
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Red flame monument for Biwako Shuko no Uta song 琵琶湖周航の歌 歌碑56 views
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Omi-Imazu Station, west exit54 views
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Former bank building54 views
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Song monument and snow53 views
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Song monument buried in snow at Imazu Port in winter.53 views
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Waiting lounge at Imazu Port in winter.53 views
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Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine 住吉神社53 views
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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.52 views
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Path through the grove of Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers 座禅草52 views
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View of Imazu shore from a high-rise hotel52 views
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Model of fixed-seat boat depicted in the song. See the real one on Lake Biwa here.51 views
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Omi-Imazu station, west side51 views
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Snowy seats51 views
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These flowers actually generate heat, so if it's a snowy ground, the snow around the flower would be melted.51 views
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Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers 座禅草51 views
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Eastern Skunk Cabbage flower 座禅草50 views
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View of Imazu from a high-rise hotel50 views
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Entrance to grove of Eastern Skunk Cabbage (zazenso) 座禅草47 views
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View of Imazu from a high-rise hotel47 views
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Imazu Port and boat to Chikubushima.45 views
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Chojiya ryokan along the lake shore. From the roadside, it looks like a small building, but it has much depth toward the lake shore. 丁子屋45 views
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Inside the former bank building44 views
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Confection in the shape of Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers44 views
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Imazu is also noted for zazenso Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers blooming in Feb. and March.43 views
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Inside Chojiya. 43 views
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Inside Chojiya. Very impressive Japanese-style inn with lake views. This ryokan is also well-known for duck dinners.42 views
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Japanese-style room in Chojiya ryokan. Very quaint and quiet place fronting the lake.40 views
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Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan Museum, dedicated to the Lake Biwa Rowing Song, Shiga's most famous song. 琵琶湖周航の歌資料館 MAP38 viewsIn 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.
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Bus at Omi-Imazu Station with localized design.23 views
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If you look closely, you can things that Imazu is famous for, like zazenso Eastern Skunk Cabbage flowers. 23 views
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There's also a line from Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song). My kind of bus.23 views
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JR Omi-Imazu Station on the JR Kosei Line is Imazu's train station. 22 views
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JR Omi-Imazu Station turnstile21 views
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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.21 viewsIt soon became a popular dormitory song. 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 this museum dedicated to the song.
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Comments about the song are welcome.21 views
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JR Omi-Imazu Station platform20 views
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Imazu Port in spring.20 views
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Water lilies20 views
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JR Omi-Imazu Station in spring with colorful azaleas.19 views
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Exhibit about Yoshida Chiaki who composed the original melody.19 views
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Souvenirs also sold in the museum.19 views
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Pictures of Lake Biwa Rowing Song monuments in Shiga. One for each of the six verses in the respective locations mentioned in the song.18 views
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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.18 views
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About the remains of the Kaga Clan's magistrate's office.18 views
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William Merrell Vories architecture map of Shiga.18 views
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JR Omi-Imazu Station17 views
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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.17 views
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Records of the song by various artists including Tokiko Kato.17 views
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JR Omi-Imazu Station's tourist information booth where you can pick up pamphlets and rent a bicycle.16 views
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Exhibit about Oguchi Taro who created the song.16 views
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Inside the song museum.15 viewsThe 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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