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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.
The Mt. Hiei Garden Museum, located on the top of the mountain, is a garden inspired by a French artist’s paintings. It’s location offers at the same time a beautiful point of view of Lake Biwa.
The beauty of these temples could only match the surprise of hearing the perfect English of our “monk guide”. We would absolutely recommend these temples to people having interest in momiji, photographs and people seeking inner peace.
The visit of Hikone’s castle and its surroundings was definitely a lot of fun. Meeting with Hikonyan, riding the rikshaw, entering this centuries-old castle, learning about the history of the city… We think everybody can find his interest. We would like to give a special mention to the rikshaw driver, who was really funny and shared his knowledge about the city’s history with passion.