On Friday, June 13, 2014, I spend much of the afternoon at Lake Biwa, about a 20-minute drive from my house (map). After some unsuccessful bass fishing, I sat along the shore with a camera on a tripod for about 45 minutes. It was cloudy and windy, and the view of Mount Hiei across the lake changed as sunbeams played on the mountain.

As I was walking to a popular fishing spot along the shore, I saw a rod standing unattended. Weeds were hanging from the line, so I thought it had been abandoned.

Fishing rod with sign, "Carp fishing. Please don't touch."
Fishing rod with sign, “Carp fishing. Please don’t touch.”

The sign says (more or less), “Carp fishing. Please don’t touch.” Sure enough, about an hour later a guy came along, reeled in his line, packed his gear, and walked away. Like everyone else I saw that afternoon, he didn’t catch anything.

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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