Naturally, a 'champeen' frog and bug catcher like Calvin is going to try to move up a weight class or two and go for the ebi (shrimp) catching title as well.
That's a net in his hand. Not to catch the ebi -- that's done bare-handed -- but to stash the catch temporarily to free the hand to grab another ebi.
|In Gobo, Calvin trains with the current title holder and all-time best ebi catcher on the Hidaka River, his cousin, Kouji.|
|The first two catches, both by the reigning champ, Kouji. (The second one is in the upper right corner.)|
|Brian takes a break from swimming to have a drink and to check out the ebi in the bucket.|
|A few days before this particular trip to the river, Kouji had gone to a different spot and caught this ebi and unagi (river eel)...|
|...which grandma Kariya prepared for that evening's dinner. That unaji was still alive, even after having its innards removed. Now Steve loves grilled eel, but when offered at dinner a piece of this particular eel, he had to pass.|
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