Lake Biwa: Interactions between Nature and People

  • Hiroya Kawanabe
  • Machiko Nishino
  • Masayoshi Maehata

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Machiko Nishino
    Pages 31-153
  3. Machiko Nishino
    Pages 155-238
  4. Masayoshi Maehata
    Pages 309-369
  5. Masahisa Nakamura, Yoshihiko Ogino, Michio Akiyama, Kunihiro Moriyasu
    Pages 371-417
  6. Masayoshi Maehata
    Pages 419-513
  7. Machiko Nishino, Masaharu Yoda, Masayoshi Maehata
    Pages 515-732
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 733-744

About this book


This book focuses on the long-term interactions between people and nature in and around Lake Biwa, one of the oldest lakes in the world. Accordingly, it not only covers the characteristics of the biota of this ancient lake, but also approaches it as a ‘cultural ancient lake.’
Furthermore, various problems affecting the lake, especially recent environmental changes that occurred before and after Japan’s rapid economic growth of the 1950s and 60s, are reviewed, including water pollution, lakeshore development and the reclamation of attached lakes, alien and invasive species, and problems related to the recent warming of the climate.
Lastly, by analyzing data on these problems collected by the local government and residents of the lake basin, the book provides a comprehensive outlook on the future of Lake Biwa and people’s lifestyles. As such, it provides indispensable information for all people engaged in improving and conserving water regimes around the world, as well as people interested in the culture and history of Japan.


Ancient lake Biota Ecosystem Lake Biwa

Editors and affiliations

  • Hiroya Kawanabe
    • 1
  • Machiko Nishino
    • 2
  • Masayoshi Maehata
    • 3
  1. 1.Lake Biwa MuseumKusatsuJapan
  2. 2.Research InstituteLake Biwa EnvironmentalOtsuJapan
  3. 3.Lake Biwa MuseumKusatsuJapan

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