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On this page, we will post everything interesting, beautiful, cool, exciting, yummy and fun we found around Lake Biwa!

Raccoon dog pottery figures of Shigaraki

Tanuki figure on a street corner

Today’s post is about tanuki (raccoon dog) figures of Shigaraki. Counted as one of the towns of Japan’s “Six Old Kilns”, Shigaraki has a long long history in pottery making. While the traditional items of Shigaraki ware such as vessels, pots, tea utensils and tableware have been highly-acclaimed for centuries, what the town name is … Read more

Stone walls in Sakamoto

Facade of a stone wall

Sakamoto, having developed as a temple town of Enryakuji Temple and Hiyoshitaisha Shrine for more than a thousand years, has also been known as “a town of stone walls”. As you walk through the town upward on the gentle slopes of Mt. Hiei, you’ll see high and low dry stone walls flanking the streets and … Read more