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Japan’s ‘usho’ keep alive the ancient art of cormorant fishing

by Anne BEADE Agence France Presse GIFU, Japan (AFP) In the pitch black night, fires burn alongside a river in Japan s Gifu as a handful of men prepare for a ritual that dates back over 1,300 years: fishing with cormorants. Dressed in traditional clothes, they look like they come from another time. They wield their cormorants, tied together with strings, like puppeteers. Their profession, known as ukai, was once common in waterside villages and [ ]

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