What I saw was a group of about twenty anglers in full combat mode as they worked a small riffle. Their tenkara rods were at least twelve feet long, which I'm sure made combat that much more difficult. From the taxi it was an odd sight; it looked like a forest of super long rods leaning in the same direction as they searched for the sun. I wish I had a picture, because there is nothing I can type to properly convey the scene.
Photo courtesy of The International Herald Tribune.
Life would be boring if it weren't for coincidences such as the one I experienced two days later. While riding a commuter train, this time near Akashi, my boss handed me a newspaper opened to an article he thought I'd enjoy. The paper was The International Herald Tribune and the article was titled "Japanese fly fishing catches on in the U.S." It's a short read so go ahead and click the link.
To further the coincidence, the article described an angler catching a "scrappy longear sunfish" from Crooked Creek, Arkansas. As regular readers know well, I'm currently in a half-hearted race to claim the Illinois state record for longear sunfish. I thought it would be fun to get the record on a fly but a tenkara rod would make it that much more enjoyable.