The Lake of Omi Province

The Lake of Ōmi (now called Lake Biwa, or 琵琶湖) is situated in what used to be Ōmi province, now known to us as Shiga (滋賀) prefecture. It is the largest lake in Japan, and takes up a large amount of the prefecture. It is mentioned numerous times in the Manyoshu, an anthology of poems compiled sometime after 759 AD…Continue reading