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Otsu(ō`tso͞o), city (1990 pop. 260,018), capital of Shiga prefecture, S Honshu, Japan. It is a tourist center and a port for excursion boats on Lake Biwa. Electrical appliances, textiles, precision instruments, computer components, and machinery are among the city's industrial products. A former imperial seat (2d and 7th cent.), Otsu is the site of Miidera, a 7th-century Buddhist temple, and of the grave of BashoBasho
(Matsuo Basho) , 1644–94, Japanese poet, critic, and essayist of the early Edo period. His literary name, Basho, is derived from the plantain trees [basho] near a hut built for him by a disciple. Basho played a central role in the development of haiku.
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a city and fishing port in Japan. Situated on Honshu Island, on Lake Biwa. Capital of Shiga Prefecture. Population, 172,000 (1970). Otsu is a transportation junction. It has cement plants and a biological laboratory. The Baisenkutsu botanical gardens, which cultivate dwarf trees, are in Otsu. The city is popular with tourists.