Fish With Cormorants On The Nagaragawa River

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NATURE: Fish With Cormorants on the Nagaragawa River

For over a thousand years, Japanese fisherman have been using trained cormorants to help catch river fish. Working from long wooden boats, each master fisherman leads a dozen cormorants on leashes, retrieving fish caught by the birds from special pouches inside their throats. Taking place at night, large fires hanging from the bows of the boats providing light to work by and creating an atmospheric spectacle for any visitor watching from the water.

Although cormorant fishing, or ukai, takes place in thirteen cities across Japan, Gifu is the most famous. For a truly unique experience, book a spot on one of the early evening tour boats setting off down the Nagaragawa River throughout the summer months.

Image via Go Central Japan

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