Lake Yogo in the Late Fall

by Yoshi

I've made it a rule to take a walk around Lake Yogo every afternoon in order to keep fit. Today, I happened to find that the ground at a small lakeside park was just like a red carpet of fallen leaves. The landscape matched very well with the blue surface of the lake, reflecting cold autumnal sky.

When I looked up at the lake, I found a lot of water birds swimming restfully and comfortably on the surface. It seems to me that the number of several kinds of birds have been increasing gradually in these years. I think there are not so many natural predators for them here. The small lake may be a paradise for the peaceful small creatures. The interesting thing is, there is a stone monument on which a seventeen-syllable Haiku poem by Rotsu (Rotsu INBE, 斎部 路通; 1649 - 1738 AD) is carved, the mentor of whom is that famous holly person of Haiku, Basho (俳聖 松尾 芭蕉). The poem says that Water Birds are Sleeping Too, on the Lake of Yogo. (鳥共も 寝入っているか 余吾の湖)

Over the calm lake, I was able to see Mt. Shizugatake (賤ケ岳), at which Hideyoshi and Katsuie had fought a fierce battle in the provincial war era in Japan (1583 AD). They say that the lake was dyed crimson-red of fighters’ blood.

More than 400 years have already passed since then, but I guess the warlords fighting at the risk of their lives must have seen almost the same vista that I saw today.

14 Nov 2017

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 My name is Yoshi, alias known as "Lonesome Cowboy", who used to live and work in El Paso in the Lone Star state of the US. During my stay there, I was able to enjoy opportunities to go around the Southwest (TX, NM, AZ, UT, CO) alone, taking advantage of given long holidays. The total distance I drove was no less than 3,000 km (about 1,900 miles).
I dropped by a motel in a countryside town along the highway, drank several glasses of whiskey at the bar, and the next day continued travelling for other new towns that I had never seen before. I felt that I was just a cowboy wandering place to place of the wide country in the middle of the 19th century.
Long time has passed since I had come back to Japan from that exciting and fulfilling life there, and I already retired and came back to my hometown, KOHOKU (湖北; The northern region of lake Biwa, Shiga pref.) When I recall back those good old days, a kind of feeling that I would like to serve tourists from abroad has bubbled over in my mind. I want to help you to see and enjoy quite distinctive four seasons, impressive legends and moving stories caused by historic happenings, and casual everyday lives of the village people here.

Let me guide you around KOHOKU, which is not definitely on the Golden route of Japan travel and will not become in the future either, but we believe you must be able to feel and catch a kind of essence of the Japanese people who had created and have developed the deep and genuine culture. Such nature, historical events and crystallization of the people's effort are the ultimate attraction of KOKOKU. read more

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