Ukai, cormorant fishing, on the Uji River in Kyoto
One day, I went to the sightseeing area in Uji to practice taking beautiful photos in the evening.
Fortunately, there was a cormorant fishing event by chance.
Cormorant fishing is a traditional method of fishing by handling trained cormorants. Cormorant fishing took place from ancient times all over the world, such as in Japan, China, and some European countries.
It’s called Ukai in Japanese.
Ukai on the Uji River
Ukai on the Uji River is held every year on a summer night for tourists.
It costs 2000 yen (about $20) per adult and 1000 yen (about $10) per elementary student.
There were several boats on the river. Some boats were for tourists and others were for Ukai fishermen.
The reason why bonfires were made is to surprise fish and make them active, and then cormorants capture fish with the help of the reflection of light on the scale of fish.
Lanterns that lies parallel to the river.
There were beautiful lanterns along the river. Poetries of The Tale of Genji were printed on the lanterns. The Tale of Genji is a Japanese classic story written in the early 11th century.
The color of the small island with Tachibana may not change, but I don’t know where it will drift, like a small boat floating on the water, while my body remains unstable.
「たちばなの 小島は 色もかはらじを この浮舟ぞ ゆくへも知られぬ」
“The color of the small island with tachibana may not change, but I don’t know where it will drift, like a small boat floating on the water, while my body remains unstable. ” (Translated on Google transform )源氏物語 第五十一帖 「浮舟（うきふね）」
The Tale of Genji No. 51 “Ukibune” Maybe “Ukibune” means a floating boat.
This is one of the poetries printed on the lanterns. I don’t know the meaning of this.
Information on Ukai on the Uji River
Togawa Uji, Kyoto 611-0021
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