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Biwako, Rice Fields, and an ELVIS License Plate

August 1, 2014, was a hot but overcast day here in Shiga Prefecture. I took a short mid-day bike ride down along Yasugawa to Biwako, rode north along the lake for a few kilometers, and then returned to Yasugawa and rode home. I carried some camera gear, including a new tripod that I wanted to try.

Trek 520 touring bike and photo gear at Biwako, north of Yasugawa.

Trek 520 touring bike and photo gear at Biwako, north of Yasugawa.

The overcast sky was nice for cycling, but it made Biwako look a bit gloomy.

Biwako

A little north of Chuzu Ohashi, the bridge that crosses Yasugawa, a stand of large trees serves as a windbreak. Their trunks have been bent by the prevailing northwesterly wind from the lake.

Trees along Biwako

A few kilometers north along the lake I turned back and took a narrow road toward the Tsutsumi intersection and Japan Route 477. This is farm country, mostly rice fields.

Rice Fields with Mikamiyama in the background

Rice Fields with Mikamiyama in the background

Near the Tsutsumi intersection there is a small machine shop. The rear half of a car (an old Suzuki Jimny) is mounted high on the wall that faces the road.

Car rear half on a Wall with ELVIS fake license plate near Tsutsumi.

Car rear half on a Wall with ELVIS fake license plate near Tsutsumi.

I’ve passed that spot dozens of times, but until today I hadn’t noticed the fake license plate on the car.

ELVIS fake license plate on car rear half mounted to a wall.

ELVIS fake license plate on car rear half mounted to a wall.

So, I spotted ELVIS in Moriyama today.

Small world.

Lake Biwa in Late Afternoon

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.