The Meguro River, specifically the stretch located closest to Nakameguro Station, is an incredibly popular attraction for couples and families during cherry blossom season. This year, adding to the excitement of other renowned illuminations, the trees along the Meguro are adorned with bright blue lights from November 23 until December 25 (Christmas Day). Dubbed Ao no Dokutsu or “Blue Cavern,” the LED illumination along...Read More
When it comes to the Kansai region, most tourists only end up visiting Kyoto and Osaka when traveling in Japan. However, Kansai is rather large with a lot to explore. Otsu City is an area that deserves more attention and it’s only located 30 minutes by train from Kyoto. One of the main points of interest in Otsu City is Miidera Temple. Located at the foot of Mount Hiei, it’s easily accessed by train and just a short walk from the...Read More
‘Koga Ryu Ninjyutsu’, which is Japan’s most famous art of ninjya, was born in Koka City ,Shiga Prefecture around the 15th century.
Although ‘ninjya’ in Japan is divided into the fifty schools or so, among which ‘Iga Ryu’ school in Mie Prefecture and ‘Koga Ryu’ school in Shiga Prefecture are sticking out. The social position of ‘ninjya’ is ranked between a samurai warrior and farmer in the feudal caste system in Japan, from a samurai down farmer,artisan and merchant. Because ‘ninjya’ usually engaged in...Read More
Talking of ‘Shigaraki-yaki’, the pottery made in Shigaraki, the earthenware figurine of a male raccoon dog standing elect on its hind legs is well known.
Something like raccoon dog figurines in the picture is occasionally found under the eaves of many shops and restaurants in Japan. This plump raccoon dog with a woven hat and a ‘sake’ bottle in its left hand is widely known as the symbol of ‘Shigaraki’ ware and is regarded as a good luck charm for a lucrative business. Shigaraki in Shiga Prefecture, in the vicinity of Kyoto and Nara, has been developed into one...Read More
Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan with 241km in circuit, lying in the central part of Shiga Prefecture is designated as an international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. As it is near Kyoto, the former capital of the country,it had often appeared in a large literature since ancient times and was made good use of for the water traffic route between Kyoto and local cities. Japanese famous saying ‘Isogaba...Read More
Omihachiman in Shiga Prefecture located in the east shore of Lake Biwa is widely known as the birthplace of ‘Omi-shonin’, the merchants from Omi district.
There are a good many long-established big businesses in Japan, among which a considerable number of them are originally from here Omihachiman. They are what is called ‘Omishonin’, the traders from Omi the old name of this district, and found their way into Kyoto, Osaka and Edo to achieve success in all kinds of industries, some of these businesses are still running in modern Japan. The narrow canal flanked with the old...Read More