Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Off this afternoon across the bridge to visit by appointment one of the last few families that still culture Biwa pearls (named of course after Lake Biwa); the industry peaked here in 1981 and now there's only two or maybe three families left that produce the beautiful rainbow baroques, even though judging from the jewelry business, Biwa pearls are more in demand than ever for their unique shapes and colors.

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