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After living in the United States for 15 years, I came back to my hometown Matsue, a small city in the western part of Japan, in November 2014. I imposed a simple rule on myself. Use only American saltwater lures for at least one year and report what they catch...... When a year had passed since then, I decided not to lift this ridiculous restriction. I am still using only American lures.(2014年11月、15年間のアメリカ生活を終え、島根県松江市に帰郷した私は、自分自身に一つのルールを課しました。少なくとも1年間、アメリカのソルトルアーだけを使い、釣果を報告すること......。そして1年が経過した時、私は、この馬鹿馬鹿しい制約を解除しないことに決めました。今もまだ、アメリカのルアーだけを使っているのです。)

Jul 24, 2017

(No. 294) No Fish at Ichinose in Koizu (小伊津の一の瀬にて釣果なし)

This morning I drove to Koizu in Izumo City after I took my father to Izumo Airport. It was almost 9 a.m. when I started casting my lures from Ichinose in Koizu. No fisherman was around. Not sure if there had been any before I arrived at the spot. I tried a few lures, but nothing happened. I did not see any baitfish, too. I quit fishing before long and drove to a cove to the west of Mitsu Harbor. One family was cheerfully swimming in the shallows. I swam in the deeper water. Then, sitting on the rocky shore, I read Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. What a joy to alternately swim and read!
The date for the 5th meeting of a local book club is getting near. The name of the club, which is organized by Toeisha, a small secondhand bookstore and also a cafe in my neighborhood, is “A Book You Want to Read Before You Die.” We are going to discuss the French classic on this Saturday. So far we have discussed One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, Discourse on Decadence by Ango Sakaguchi, and I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume. The uniqueness of this book club lies in the fact that you are NOT required to read a designated book. You have every right to join in the meeting without even turning the first page of the book. If interested, see the bookstore’s website.

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