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

End of 2013

Picture board at Hiyoshitaisha

The year 2013 is coming to an end, and 2014 is approaching. According to Japanese Zodiac (which refers to 12-year cycle where each year has its corresponding animal sign), the coming 2014 is the year of “horse”, while 2013 is of “snake”. The snake is now being kicked out, and the horse is about to … Read more

Tarobo-gu (Aga Shrine)


Today’s post is about Tarobo-gu, a Shinto shrine in the plain east of Lake Biwa. In Shinto (Japan’s indegenous religion) belifes, the sacred represent natural phenomenon. Since ancient times, people have worshipped mountains, rocks, waterfalls, rivers, trees and many other things in nature as the home of deities, or as deities themselves. It is more … Read more