This lantern signals the entrance to Hayashi Ya (林屋), a local eatery two minutes from Otsu station.
It offers a surprisingly varied menu for its small size, the food is good, it's always bustling with local residents and workers and is a welcome haven on rainy nights such as this.
Photographed here on my trusty Fuji x100s with the teleconverter attached, giving a 50mm equivalent field of view.
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