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Omihachiman and the man named William Merrell Vories – Part 3

Who is William Merrell Vories? William Merrell Vories was an american from Leavenworth, Kansas who at a young age of 24 left his country and moved to Japan to teach English at Hachiman Commercial High School and since his arrival at Omihachiman on February 2, 1905, he has called this place his new home.…

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Omihachiman and the man named William Merrell Vories – Part 1

Every time I visit Japan for work, one of the many highlights I look forward during my stay is to get to travel with my Japanese language teacher – I fondly call her sensei. We have traveled together to so many different tourist destinations around Kyoto and Okayama.…

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Local Specialty Series: Shiga Prefecture

With the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture is blessed with food and water resources. Here’s some of the local specialties of Shiga Prefecture in no particular order. Local Specialties of Shiga Prefecture Omi-gyu (Omi Beef) Omi Beef (Photo courtesy of Ryosuke Hosoi) Together with Matsusaka Ushi and Kobe Beef, Omi/Ohmi Beef is considered one of the “Japan’s Top Three Wagyu (Japanese Beef).” Omi Beef bears a 400-year of history.…

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