The Birthplace of Wakizaka Yasuharu (脇坂 安治;1554-1626)

by Yoshi

The Birthplace of Wakizaka Yasuharu (脇坂 安治;1554-1626)The Birthplace of Wakizaka Yasuharu (脇坂 安治;1554-1626)The Birthplace of Wakizaka Yasuharu (脇坂 安治;1554-1626)

After having retired from our office in last June this year, I've tried to study hard about histories of my home town area. This is because I have a stout interest in delivering the rich sightseeing resources here to inbound tourists from abroad. It may be true that these spots in the northern part of Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) are not necessarily well-known or viewy, comparing with the ones of Kyoto or Nara, but I think even such conservative places may give us confident and persuasive knowledge about some historical event, once you actually visit the site.

Today, I dropped into a small ruin, which is said to be the birthplace of the feudal warlord, one of the "Seven Spears at Shizugatake Battle" (賤ケ岳の七本槍). Thanks to his great feat, he started climbing the ladder of success since then. It may have been all about his luck of time, but I cannot help but feel a kind of pride as a homeboy from a desolate hamlet.

27 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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