Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Fishing and the City
I saw it in a TV documentary in 2009 and never quite believed it. But it's true: they have fishing arcades in Tokyo. The way it works is you pay money at the door for a chunk of time sitting beside a man made pond that looks like a swimming pool surrounded by odd clumps of fern and other green stuff. You then do fishing, until you run out of money, or catch a fish (I'm told the latter is more usual: perhaps it's really addictive, this fishing. Either that or they put millions of fish in the pond). And then you have to throw it back.
Personally I can't see the appeal, but lots of people in Tokyo do, apparently. This is the Suidobashi Station fishing spot