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As the Biwako Ohashi Bridges, which connect Otsu City and Moriyama City in Shiga Prefecture, will mark their 50th anniversary this year, a commemorative ceremony will be held on September 28. The 1.4-kilometer-long southern bridge will be pedestrianized for the first time since its opening. The anniversary will be celebrated through events such as 1,000 people holding hands while standing in a row on the bridge and others.
Hikone Castle in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture will be specially opened to the public on the nights of September 14 and November 29. With the castle tower emerging fantastically against the night sky before their eyes, visitors will be able to enjoy the night view of the city. This is the first occasion of a night-time opening for the public in the over 400-year history of the castle.
The illumination to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Takasegawa River canal being dug started along the roughly three-kilometer-long Takasegawa River through Nakagyo and Shimogyo Wards. Blue and green LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and "Andon," or paper-covered open air lanterns, illuminate the whole area, creating a fantastic atmosphere.
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