by / on August 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM / in Cormorant Fishing, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Ukai (鵜飼い): Traditional Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama!

Cormorant fishing (Ukai) began almost 1300 years ago on the Nagare River in Gifu prefecture. Primarily catching ayu, or sweet fish, Ukai is a daily activity for 5 months of the year, and begins late in the evening. Ukai is protected by the Imperial Household Agency; the Ukai fishers on the Nagare River have been given the title of Cormorant […]

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