JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Due to COVID-19, traveling to and within Japan is currently being discouraged.


Most viewed - Rowing 'Round Lake Biwa 琵琶湖周航
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Great summer day for the beach at Omi-Maiko, one of the most popular and whitest beaches on Lake Biwa.1065 views
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Beachgoers frolick in the lake as the rowing boats arrive.800 views
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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)295 views
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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.204 views1st 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.
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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)199 views
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Michigan171 views
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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.117 views
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Near miss?117 views
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Each boat has four rowers and cox who steers the rudder.115 views
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Michigan paddlewheel boat. ミシガン113 views
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Everyone enjoyed the rowing trip. The motorboat on Lake Biwa was fun and I got a lotta good shots.106 views
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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...」98 views
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The boats are wooden, and a few decades old.95 views
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The green boat. 近江舞子上陸95 views
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Ferris wheel from the Biwako Tower amusement park, now defunct. 琵琶湖タワー(廃墟)94 views
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Two boats will lie here overnight.93 views
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The white boat. A song was even composed for this trip, called Biwako Shuko no Uta.82 views
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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.81 views
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Day 3: Arrival at Manohama beach, near the west end of Biwako Ohashi Bridge. 真野浜上陸81 views
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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78 views
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Most people were oblivious to the boats.78 views
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Notice the rudder. Controlled by a pair of strings held by the cox.77 views
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The orange boat decided to go ashore where it was less crowded.76 views
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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76 views
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The boats are stored outside since there is no room inside the boathouse which stores the most expensive boats.75 views
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Landed in fishing lines.73 views
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South of Biwako Ohashi Bridge.73 views
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Arriving Omi-Maiko on Day 1. Rowing around the lake has been an annual tradition.72 views
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Omi-Fuji (Mt. Mikami) and Karasuma Peninsula. 近江富士(三上山)と烏丸半島72 views
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Departing Manohama at about 11:30 am. 真野浜出発71 views
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The boat is deluged with large swells spilling into the boat. 大波71 views
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Small motorboat which accompanies the three rowing boats. I was aboard this motorboat and took pictures.69 views
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Otsu Prince Hotel in the distance.67 views
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Mixing with sailboats.66 views
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Oars and boats65 views
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge 琵琶湖大橋65 views
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Making repairs. The boats are decades old.65 views
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The last boat arrives.65 views
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Fireworks platform for the Biwako Fireworks that night.64 views
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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.62 views
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Lots of putty line the seams.62 views
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Lots of water drained out when the boat was turned over.62 views
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Rowing past the Ukimido Floating Temple in Katata. 堅田 浮御堂(近江八景)61 views
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Torii on shore (Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine) near Sakamoto. 鳥居61 views
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Seta Karahashi Bridge on Seta River. 瀬田唐橋61 views
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JR train tracks (Biwako/Tokaido Line)61 views
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Dark Blue Blades, symbol of the Kyoto Univ. rowing club.60 views
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Rowing off central Otsu. 大津60 views
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Removing weeds caught on the oars.60 views
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Mt. Hiei 比叡山59 views
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Waving the signal flag at a checkpoint to staff on shore.57 views
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Cooling off57 views
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Toward Omi Ohashi Bridge. 近江大橋57 views
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Zeze Castle ruins 膳所城跡57 views
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Taking out the water.57 views
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Omi Ohashi Bridge56 views
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Home base. The gray concrete building is their boathouse.53 views
   
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