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Most viewed - 2007 Shiga Kenjinkai International Convention 第11回滋賀県人会世界大会
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Otsu Prince Hotel, the main venue of the 11th Shiga Kenjinkai International Convention held Nov. 12-14, 2007.95 views
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Members of the Toronto Shiga Kenjinkai dance goshu ondo.54 views
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Toronto, Nagano, Hakodate, Argentina, and Kochi. Outside Japan, there is a Shiga Kenjinkai in Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, and Alberta), Argentina, USA (Seattle, California, and Hawaii), Hong Kong, Indonesia, UK, France, and Germany.52 views
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Convention poster. More about the Shiga Kenjinkai here.48 views
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Chairman Otaka gives letters of appreciation to Shiga Kenjinkai members for meritorious service. In the afternoon, the keynote speech was given by Donald E. Devaney who talked about historical ties between Shiga and the U.S. (photography was not allowed).44 views
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Otaka Tokio, Chairman of the National Federation of Shiga Kenjinkai, delivers a welcome message. 大高時男42 views
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Goshu ondo42 views
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Saitama, Kanagawa, France, Matsumae41 views
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Opening ceremony started at 10:30 am on Nov. 13, 2007.41 views
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Almost everyone got up to dance the goshu ondo. It's like a bon dance peculiar to Shiga. Also see the video at YouTube.41 views
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National high school soccer tournament award from Yasu. (Yasu High School won the national title in Jan. 2006.)40 views
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At the end, we sang Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song). The party ended at 9:30 pm.39 views
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Hikone's exhibit in the Social Salon, featuring red samurai armor from the Ii clan.38 views
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Biwa masu trout above, and nigorobuna crucian carp (funazushi) on bottom.37 views
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Convention Hall Omi at Otsu Prince Hotel. 第11回滋賀県人会世界大会のメイン会場。36 views
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Reception counter. The 11th Shiga Kenjinkai International Convention was held in Shiga for the first time in 16 years. There are currently 71 Shiga Kenjinkai groups in Japan and overseas.36 views
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There is at least one Shiga Kenjinkai in all the prefectures in Japan, and around 15 Shiga Kenjinkai overseas. The hall was lined with banners of many Shiga Kenjinkai from Japan and overseas. Ehime, Brazil, Osaka, etc.36 views
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The Social Salon was a good place to hang out between meetings and symposiums. It also had mini presentations by several overseas Kenjinkai.35 views
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Japanese-English interpreting was provided34 views
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Dehara Itsuzo, Shiga Prefectural Assembly Chairman34 views
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A representative for Mekata Makoto, Chairman of the Shiga Prefecture City Mayors' Association and also the mayor of Otsu.34 views
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The Lieutenant Governor of Shiga (substituting for Governor Kada who was hosting the Emperor and Empress visiting Shiga) bestows awards to people who have long contributed to promoting Shiga.34 views
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Shiga Prefecture exhibited some plastic fish.34 views
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Dinner banquet hosted by Shiga Prefecture on Nov. 13, 2007.34 views
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Governor Kada teaches us how to dance the Goshu Ondo, a native dance of Shiga. She spoke in both Japanese and English again. Also see the video at YouTube.34 views
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Kanpai!33 views
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In the afternoon of Nov. 14 was a "Youth Session," or panel discussion by representatives of various Kenjinkai overseas. They discussed about recruiting younger members and facilitating networking among members.33 views
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Shiga Kenjinkai from Canada and Mexico.32 views
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Buffet32 views
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For the first hour (6 pm - 7 pm), we suffered through endless speeches by politicians. (Speeches should not be longer than 20 min. total at any event.)32 views
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Pamphlets and CDs (including Lake Biwa Rowing Song in English) from Takashima city. 琵琶湖周航の歌 英語版CDも展示31 views
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Koto entertainment by Maiko, a well-known singer-songwriter from Shiga. 真衣子31 views
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Food, finally! All from Shiga. Lots of fish, and funa-zushi too.31 views
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On Nov. 13, there was a symposium called "Shiga and Cultural Exchanges."30 views
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One panelist was a priest from Enryakuji temple on Mt. Hiei.30 views
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Mini presentation by the Biwako-no-Kai from Mexico.30 views
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Entertainment started with taiko drumming.30 views
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Entrance to convention hall at Otsu Prince Hotel. Every few years, all the Shiga Kenjinkai in Japan and overseas gather for a convention for a few days.29 views
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Kita-Kyushu, Southern California (Nanka), and Hiroshima29 views
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A comedian from Mt. Ibuki in Maibara.29 views
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On the morning of Nov. 14, a boat cruise on the Michigan. Narration in both Japanese and English explaining about Lake Biwa's ecology. I was unable to join this cruise, so no photos.29 views
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Main venue at the convention hall. A Shiga Kenjinkai is a group or association of people having ties to Shiga Prefecture who now live outside Shiga.28 views
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Hiko-nyan is a helmeted cat, related to the Ii clan.28 views
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Caffy, official mascot for the Sports Recreation event in 2008.28 views
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Popular Hiko-nyan from Hikone also made an appearance in the Social Salon.28 views
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Governor Kada Yukiko gives a welcome message in both Japanese and English. In Japan, extremely few politicians can do this. Nice that Shiga has a bilingual governor who once studied in the U.S.28 views
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Final dinner on Nov. 14, 2007. Some wore happi coats or a kimono.28 views
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Social Salon also served green tea and sweets.28 views
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Kanpai!28 views
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In an adjacent hall was the "Social Salon" with exhibits by most of Shiga's cities and towns and by various Shiga Kenjinkai. Many tourist pamphlets (mostly in Japanese) were provided.27 views
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Exhibit by Takashima city.27 views
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Kunimatsu Yoshitsugu, Chairman of the Shiga Intercultural Association for Globalization. He is also the former Shiga governor.27 views
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Speech by Kunimatsu Yoshitsugu, Chairman of the Shiga Intercultural Association for Globalization.27 views
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Natsuhara Satoru, Chairman of the Shiga Prefecture Town Mayors' Association and also the mayor of Taga town.26 views
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Overseas Shiga Kenjinkai exhibits.26 views
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Interesting slide show by the Southern California Shiga Kenjinkai showing their activities.26 views
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Door prizes were given out in a drawing. There were so many prizes donated by various Kenjinkai that it took almost an hour to give them all out.26 views
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Exhibits by other Shiga cities.25 views
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Western Canada, Yamaguchi, and Miyagi24 views
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Niigata Shiga Kenjinkai exhibit included stuff from Hokuriku region. Web site here.24 views
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Questions from the audience were also taken.24 views
   
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