Sunday, July 6, 2008

Cormorant fishing

Do you know the cormorant fishing?

Cormorant fishing is a pastime that gives poetic charm to summer in Arashiyama.

Using trained cormorant (shags) to catch fish is an ancient Japanese method.

Fisherman hang small fires from the fronts of their boats with metal frames and use the light to aid in handling the birds.

That is quotation from pamphlet of Kyoto Prefectural Government publication.

←Cormorant fishing.

←Make-up ship.

You embark a customer's ship, follow the cormorant master's ship.
About an hour's embarking.

You would feel cool wind on the River and traditional Japanese culture in hot summer of Kyoto.
The cormorant fishing is done on Ooi River, near Togetsutei.

A period, 1 July to 15 September.
A time, 1 July to 31 August is 19:00's embarkation and 20:00's embarkation.
A time, 1 September to 15 September is 18:30's embarkation and 19:30's embarkation.

A charge:
Normal ship is 1,700 yen.
Make-up ship is 2,000 yen.