Credits to Research Team Sya Sya
Prefecture this week: Gifu, Chubu region
Ever had the feeling of fishing without the use of fishing rods? Or how about fishing with birds?
Today, we are looking at Gifu prefecture in the Chubu region.Before i begin, here’s a quick fact. Did you know that one of the locations in Gifu prefecture was featured in the Anime movie Kimi No Na Wa? the featured location was the HIDA-SANNOGU HIE SHRINE in the beginning of the movie.
Back to the main point, Gifu (岐阜県, Gifu-ken) is a huge, landlocked prefecture in the centre point of Honshu. Takayama, an excellent town in the mountains, and Shirakawa-go, a gathering of small villages significantly more deeper in the mountains, are Gifu’s main tourist destinations. The prefectural capital Gifu City is well known for cormorant fishing.
Cormorant fishing (鵜飼, Ukai), a traditional fishing method that uses trained cormorants to catch river fish, has been practiced along Nagaragawa River in Gifu City for over 1300 years. The river’s master fishermen are the official fisherman of the emperor and are renowned for their skill, which, combined with the area’s long, uninterrupted ukai tradition, make the Nagaragawa River the best place to experience cormorant fishing. Fishing is performed every evening from May 11 to October 15.
The event begins at dusk as six long, wooden boats, each manned by a master fisherman and two boatmen, take turns propelling themselves downstream with long wooden poles. Each fisherman leads about a dozen cormorants on leashes who swim alongside and dive underwater to catch fish by swallowing them whole. The fish are kept in a special pouch in the cormorant’s throat to be retrieved later and are prevented from being swallowed by a snare around the neck of the bird.
What are you waiting for? Grab your birds and start fishing!