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Between Waters and Woods – Harmony of Nature and Human Life Unfolded

Nestled in Shiga Prefecture, at the heart of Japan, Nagahama sits by the northeastern shores of Lake Biwa, an ancient and vibrant ecosystem. As one of the world’s oldest freshwater lakes, Lake Biwa anchors a rich tapestry of life and culture. This region benefits from a blend of natural beauty and biodiversity, stretching from the […]

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Community and Spirituality – Living Under the Auspice of Divine Grace

Located in the northeastern direction of Kyoto, Nagahama is a treasure trove of profound Buddhist history, imbued with a sacred essence that resonates through its landscape. Its spiritual depth is profoundly influenced by the ‘demon’s gate’ or ‘kimon,’ a principle rooted in the ancient Chinese geomancy of Feng Shui. This philosophy identifies the northeast direction

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From Medieval Roots to Modern Splendor – The Enduring Spirit of Nagahama

Nagahama, a hidden gem in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, is more than just a town; it is a living chronicle of history, embodying a spirit that has thrived and evolved over 400 years. Rising during the era of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a renowned samurai and daimyō of the late Sengoku period and regarded as the second ‘Great

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Japan’s Blacksmithing Legacy in Sengoku Warring States Era

Nestled in the tranquil valley of the Kusano River, Kajiyacho stands as a village with a deep-rooted blacksmithing heritage that dates back to medieval Japan. Under the rule of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a prominent figure in Japanese history who once governed the Nagahama area, Kajiyacho became a crucial center for producing armor and spears during the

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Enchanting Lake: A Tapestry of Legends and Tranquil Scenery

The enigmatic lake, steeped in ancient legends, stretches approximately 6.4 kilometers along its shores. Throughout the year, the lake exhibits its captivating allure, attracting enthusiasts of cycling and hiking. Along the Yogo riverbank, the vibrant fusion of rapeseed flowers and cherry blossoms captivates visitors during spring, while in winter, many engage in smelt fishing, offering

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