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Those of us in the media often refer to photographs as ‘images’. This past week, I was looking through some ‘images’ I have in the form of color slides, film negatives, prints and digital images. As I was tackling the daunting task of organizing these pictorial records of my outdoor adventures, I often paused and reflected upon the day I snapped the shutter and captured that particular image. Some of the subjects in the photos have long since gone on to chase deer or catch fish in the great hereafter. Others are still very much enjoying the outdoor lifestyle.

These photos brought the past back in vivid detail and I thought I might share with you some of the highlights of my little visit back to yesteryear.

IN JAPAN 30 YEARS AGO One of the photos from 30 years ago took me back to a trip to Japan where I served as outdoors journalists on a bass fishing match between Rex Bridges and Saramochi, then one of the top bass fishermen in Japan. I remember eating dinner at a restaurant in a little village owned by the local mayor. We dined on genuine Japanese cuisine while sitting on the floor in true Japanese style. Our servers were the mayor’s daughters who were dressed in their finest snow white kimonos. The traditional method of dining back then by the Japanese took a couple of hours and servings were small. I remember stating that by the time we finished eating, it was time to eat again!


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