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On the coast of Lake Biwa is the thriving city called Hikone that continues to maintain its long with standing traditional roots. One of the prime examples of this is the art of crafting Butsudan (Buddhist altars).
Our afternoon was filled with history and good food. We toured a few temples and ever saw a few special things along the way. We were also treated to delicious food at two small, family-owned restaurants.
Chikubushima is one of some islands on Lake Biwa. The island is home to many historic temples and shrines – some up to 1300 years old – and is the center of several Japanese Folklores. Many pilgrimage to it every year.
Kinomoto is an old town filled with old houses, small shops selling traditional Japanese wares, and a beautiful temple. We were also fortunate to experience eating a delicious duck nabe dinner in the city of Nagahama.
13 magnificent Hikiyamas parading through the streets in Otsu offer you the cultural richness of Japan through ingenious puppeteering, traditional music and tapestries classified as cultural inheritage. We were granted the honor to participate to the assembling of one of the 13 Hikiyamas called Gekkyudenzan.
Near Kyoto, in Otsu, you can learn how to become a samurai at “Samurai Kembu”. The teachers will explain in English everything about samuri and teach you a traditional samurai sword dance. It is exciting and fun for men and women to get dressed up in kimonos with lots of great photo opportunities.
The Sagawa Art Museum is a strikingly beautiful museum that is surrounded by, and appears to be floating on the surface of, water.
Many buildings in this Harie district have a kabata, which residents use to draw water for everyday tasks. We went to see for ourselves the unique, intimate relationship between the lives of the area’s residents and their water.
This town is called Shigaraki. This town is very famous of its pottery, and has a very deep history of pottery within it. Here, we can look and learn variety of potteries.