from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southern Honshu, Japan, on the southern shore of Lake Biwa near Kyoto. It was an imperial seat in the second and seventh centuries A.D. Population: 325,000.

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  • proper n. capital city of Shiga prefecture, Japan.


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  • 'Competitive' Bidding Rule OTSU, Japan, April 13 (AP) - (Kyodo) - A professional boxer was found dead in the basin of a waterfall in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on Monday evening, police said.

    News On Japan

  • You are on the train to Otsu Station from Tokyo with Teruko.

    On the train to Otsu Station

  • You will remember, then, how all the world was peaceful in that moment, golden with the glow of morning as the train sped on to Otsu Station.

    On the train to Otsu Station

  • Though Mr. Otsu still considers Frederick Douglass, where he plans to open a sushi restaurant later this year, a more appealing strip for retail, he anticipates improvement.

    West 116th Street Posts Gains, but Slowly

  • West 116th "reminds me of the old 14th Street…the mixture of old ethnic cultures and mid- to lower-range retail stores," says Nobu Otsu , who moved his five-year-old Harlem wine shop, the Winery, about a block from Frederick Douglass to West 116th about 18 months ago.

    West 116th Street Posts Gains, but Slowly

  • Reuters In Otsu, Japan, an elementary school serves as a shelter for evacuees.

    Hunting for Permanent Homes

  • For once, global warming and climate change were not to blame, said keynote speaker Masahisa Nakamura, director of the Center for Sustainability and Environment at Shiga University in Otsu, Japan, and chairman of the International Lake Environment Committee Foundation's scientific committee.

    Perry Garfinkel: Saving the Lakes of Udaipur, "World's Best City"

  • Day two: Adogawa to Otsu My second-day route, meandering down the lake's western shore, promised to be the most relaxing leg of the trip.

    Breaking Away

  • I was headed for the city of Otsu, 70 kilometers away and home of the Ishiyama-dera Temple.

    Breaking Away

  • Day three: Otsu to Kyoto Today's is the shortest ride, just 30 kilometers, but the route involves a steep climb up out of Otsu and then a feet-off-the-pedals downhill to the outskirts of Kyoto.

    Breaking Away


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