Nihon Sakana Machi

PhotographerKeiichi Kubo
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The fishing village of Haida-cho in Japan faces the Pacific, and about 150 people are there. The fishermen in the village catch fish with a Teichi-ami (fixed net). This method is a type of "passive fishing", and it depends on the ocean current how many fish they can catch. That day was once in a generation kind of a large catch. They hoisted Tairyo-bata(flags). Tairyo-bata are fishing boat flags that are used to signify a large catch. The people who live there make an offering to Umi-no-kami(the deity of the sea) in order to express their gratitude. The word 'umi' means the sea. A kami is something that produces the emotions of awe or fear and can be positive or negative. They internalize the rich blessings of nature and approach it with respect, gratefulness, and harmony.

Story

The fishing village of Haida-cho in Japan faces the Pacific, and about 150 people are there. The fishermen in the village catch fish with a Teichi-ami (fixed net). This method is a type of "passive fishing", and it depends on the ocean current how many fish they can catch. That day was once in a generation kind of a large catch. They hoisted Tairyo-bata(flags). Tairyo-bata are fishing boat flags that are used to signify a large catch. The people who live there make an offering to Umi-no-kami(the deity of the sea) in order to express their gratitude. The word 'umi' means the sea. A kami is something that produces the emotions of awe or fear and can be positive or negative. They internalize the rich blessings of nature and approach it with respect, gratefulness, and harmony.