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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 samura at “Samurai Kenbu”i. 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.
We went to a place called “Koka Ninjutsu Yashiki” (Koka’s ninjutsu’s hometown). Koka was the hometown of the eponym famous ninja clan. From now on we’ll take our distance from our everyday life and train to become a real ninja.
In japan, there were 2 great ninja clans. One of them was in Shiga’s prefecture. We decided to go there and experience their lifestyle and try understand their way of thinking.
Lying at the foot of Mt. Hiei, you can find a town called Sakamoto, where a lot of Buddhist priests reside. We went down the mountain with the cable car, where we reached some streets that were lined with neat rows of stores and houses.
With over 1200 years of history, Enryakuji is one of the most famous temples in Japan. Guided by the chief priest, we learnt a lot about Japan’s history and culture.