Yesterday –a national holiday– was a beautiful autumn day, and how did I spend it? Getting a sunburn while fishing near the Awaji-Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge. It is almost four kilometres long, connecting Akashi, near Kobe, with Awaji Island, in the Japan Inland sea.
The entire area was crowded with people and their fishing rods: men, women and children, young and old alike. My mates and I, much like everyone else there, didn’t have much luck, as the fish didn’t seem to be biting. We were hoping to catch aji, horse mackerel, but ended up getting only about a dozen small isaki, grunt. But it was loads of fun, and a dip in a nearby hot springs afterwards was just divine after all that beer in the blazing sun.