The Educational Seminar for Storytellers Who Send Beauty of Shiga and the Spirit of Festivals

by Yoshi

I attended the seminar today in the midst of snowstorm, shivering with extreme coldness.

After a classroom lecture at Takatsuki (高月) community center, we moved to Kannon house of Dogan-ji temple (渡岸寺 or 向源寺), in which the masterpiece of Kannon Buddhist Statue (a National Treasure) is on display. I have seen the treasury of humankind for more than 5 times so far, but we were very lucky enough today to be able to appreciate it enough, with a very detailed explanation by a veteran volunteer guide there. Another outcome today was to get acquainted with a leading staff of the board of education of Shiga pref., who may support our activity in the future to let inbound tourists touch deep and genuine cultures of Kohoku (湖北; Northern district of Lake Biwa).

[Sorry, the photos at the temple are prohibited.]

https://www.facebook.com/yoshi.kirihata/posts/1597839320306882

[A Campaign Poster of Kannon Culture Held at Nagahama-jyo Castle Museum in 2012]

The Educational Seminar for Storytellers Who Send Beauty of Shiga and the Spirit of Festivals

[A Buddhist Statue on Display at Kannon House in Ueno, Tokyo (Opened in 2016)]

The Educational Seminar for Storytellers Who Send Beauty of Shiga and the Spirit of Festivals

[Dogan-ji temple (渡岸寺 or 向源寺) in Snow]

The Educational Seminar for Storytellers Who Send Beauty of Shiga and the Spirit of Festivals

[The Buddhist Statue and Hoshu Amenomori (雨森 芳洲), a Confucian and a Great Diplomat in Edo Period]

The Educational Seminar for Storytellers Who Send Beauty of Shiga and the Spirit of Festivals


27 Jan 2018


Licensed Guide


Contact Yoshi

 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


Related cities