Ukai

Ukai

Ukai is a traditional form of fishing involving a cormorant (basically a duck) and rope. The cormorant are used to catch the Ayu fish and once the fish is in their mouths the fisherman pull at the rope and bring them back to the boat before they can swallow the fish. It’s much faster to catch the fish in this method since the cormorants are pro at catching fish already. Ukai fishing on the Nagara River is held every night during the summer season from May 11 through October 15.

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