Feathered Anglers: 1,300-Year-Old “Ukai” Fishing Method on Display in Gifu (Japan in Photos)

Cormorant fishermen called ushō exhibit the traditional ukai fishing method along the waters of the Nagaragawa in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, on May 11, 2017. Manipulating leashed cormorants, the ushō use the birds to catch ayu, or sweetfish, attracted by the glare of fires in small baskets attached to their wooden boats. When a bird surfaces with an ayu, they haul it aboard and force it to disgorge the fish before it is completely swallowed. Ukai has been practiced for more than a millennium and is designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset. (© Jiji)

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