Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lake Biwa and Michigan Goodwill Mission

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan located in Shiga Prefecture and has a very important role as main water source of 14 million people in Kansai area. It's also a good tourist destination of only 30-minute distance from Kyoto.
Shiga Prefecture is a sister state of Michigan State. Both states exchange goodwill mission every year. This year 15 people visited Shiga Prefecture from Michigan State this month and enjoyed a home stay for a few days.

There is one example to show the strong tie between two states. A paddlewheel boat, the Michigan, departs from Otsu Port and offers four different types of  fun cruise of Lake Biwa every day, such as "Michigan morning""Michigan 90""Michigan 60" and "Michigan Night". The 360-degree panoramic view from the deck is the highlight of the cruise.
I've seen this boat several times but never got on the boat. I hope to take a fun cruise to see the sunset on board some day.


  1. Sounds wonderful, beagleAnnie! Michigan is a beautiful state on our Great Lakes, so that is a nice connection for the Shiga Prefecture.

  2. That is so nice to think of a Michigan paddle boat plying its trade on a lake in Japan.

    Hugs, Kaye xoxox