Canal Fish

Little fish, about 10-15cm long, are swimming in an irrigation and flood control canal at the southeast corner of the Hayashi Kita intersection in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

This location is about 120 meters from my house. The canal is covered from the camera position and runs under the sidewalk along the north side of my neighborhood. A larger open canal runs through the neighborhood on the south side. Once or twice a year we clean that canal and trim the hedges along it. In July we took about 1.2 tons of cuttings to the Ritto City incinerator. (I drove one of the trucks.)

The audio is mostly traffic on the bypass between Japan Routes 1 (right) and 8 (left). The engine idling in the second half of the recording was in a ten-ton dump truck about three meters behind and to the left of the camera.

Video scenes were shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and two lenses: a 25mm f1.4 Panasonic/Leica DG SUMMILUX and mostly an old Zuiko OM System 35-105mm manual zoom and manual focus lens. To reduce glare from the water I used circular polarizing filters and shot at midday when the sun was highest in the shy.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University (1977-2020). Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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  1. We should always appreciate nature and water. Nice video 🙂

    Did you know:

    • There are nearly 1 billion people in the world that don’t have clean, safe water.
    • The women and children that collect water spend approximately 40 billion hours getting it.
    • This detracts from their ability to do other work, or get an education.
    • It takes $20 to supply one of these people with a clean water supply.
    • Each dollar spent provides an economic return of $12.
    • Not least because of the drop in medical care and infant mortality.
    • Can you spare a single dollar for this campaign to bring clean water to 50,000 people?
    • That’s less than a third of the price of a cup of coffee.
    • All money goes to providing water not to admin costs or profit.


    If you can’t spare a single dollar, please pass this message on to others that might.

    1. Thanks. Nice blog name! I’m trying to hold mine at about 70. I felt starved and thought I was going to blow away in a strong wind when I briefly got down to 69 last winter.

      Here in Japan few people understand that fresh water is a problem. Many students who spend a semester or academic year in Australia get quite a shock at first when they learn that they have to take short showers, etc. to conserve water. When they come back to Japan, some admit that they don’t know where their own household water originates.

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