Cormorant fishing in Nagara River, Gifu
Cormorant fishing is a uniquely Japanese activity. Captive cormorants are fitted with tight metal collars that don't allow them to swallow. Fires are lit to provide light to attract fish. The cormorants are released with cords attached to their collars. They catch the fish but can't swallow, so they just hold on. The fishermen pull the birds in, take the fish, and then send them back out to do it again. It's a very productive technique.
I particularly like the costuming depicted in this print, with the master fishermen wearing their traditional garb and headgear while their assistants are dressed less elaborately.
shin hanga landscape print
27.2 x 39.2 cm (10.7 x 15.4 inches)
August, 1953. Not necessarily the date that this copy was printed.
boat, male figure, night, river, water
(4.5 / 5.0) - Very lightly toned overall.
Shown on page 21 of Kyoto Hanga-In's 1953 catalog
which is documented on Ross Walker's Koitsu.com, as catalog "C".
Carver: Ikeda Kanekichi; Printer: Ito Toraji