Ukai- Cormorant fishing - 宇治川の鵜飼



Ukai- Cormorant fishing
Ukai is traditional fishing that can be seen in limited areas in Japan from early summer through the beginning of Oct. An expert, “ sho", trains a specific kind of bird, "U". In a river lit by a torch at night, fish gather near the boat, and the bird catches them. These spectacle performances are seen in places like Ujigawa in Kyoto or Kisogawa in Aichi. Traditionally, only men were allowed to become Usho, but nowadays female Usho are taking the stage.