Yasugawa Fireworks – 野洲川花火大会 – 2015

Our local summer fireworks festival – 野洲川花火大会 – was held on July 25, 2015. Hundreds of people lined the riverbank along Yasugawa Sports Park to watch a 30-minute display of fireworks over the river. Many arrived in late afternoon, lined up to buy food and beverages, and enjoyed some entertainment before the fireworks began at […]

Carp in Yasugawa

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, carp were spawning in shallow water in the north fork of Yasugawa just above the Japan Route 8 bridge (Yasugawa Ohashi). I made some video clips of the scene and produced short movie. https://youtu.be/6EJWvpZydtE The location can seen on the map below. The satellite image is quite old. The main […]

Audio Recording in a Bamboo Grove: Japanese Bush Warbler, Pheasant, and Crows

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, I took a mid-afternoon mountain bike ride along the north side of Yasugawa from the Japan Route 8 bridge up to the Meishin Expressway. Near the river an unused dirt road runs through a bamboo grove before it becomes a single path just downriver from the Meishin Expressway. It had […]

Goosanders [common mergansers] (カワイサ) in Yasugawa

At the beginning of March, 2015, a small flock of goosanders [common mergansers], カワイサ (kawaisa in Japanese) appeared at Yasugawa near my home, about 12km upstream from Biwako. I’ve often seen these birds at Lake Biwa, but I’d never seen them this far upstream in Yasugawa. They stayed at a distance, but on March 8 […]

Winter Birds at Yasugawa

Yasugawa (Yasu River) in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, is a short walk from my house. Since the beginning of winter I’ve been spending a lot of time along the river, trying to photograph wildlife, mostly birds. I spent so much time taking photos and trying to learn the names of birds that I fell […]