Calmness Photo taken from the northern end of Biwako (Lake Biwa) in Shiga prefecture just before ten in the morning as my wife and I rode the ferry to the island of Chikubushima a couple of weeks ago (on our 2nd trip there).

Biwako is the largest inland sea in Japan, and also the deepest; it has been many times compared to Loch Ness in Scotland in that the actual depth is difficult to measure at the deepest points due to the increasing silt in the water and coldness. There are even legends of a giant monster that supposedly existed centuries ago.