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.