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Fishing Kids of the Mazegawa

On September 2, 2012
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Today I’d like to share one of the memorable moments of this trip so far that does directly involve my wife or I. It was the sight of three young boys going fishing because they love it! As we took a break yesterday, Margaret spotted the 3 young boys speeding towards a stream that runs next to the fishing center. It was raining, and most kids elsewhere would probably be engaged in a video game. Instead, one was wearing a wetsuit and the others tagged along.

It was clear, even from a distance, that they were going somewhere with a purpose. I’m sure they see fishing as fun nowadays because they saw someone in their family doing it, and it was probably intuitive to them because someone taught them how to do it. Yet, yesterday, nobody suggested they go fishing. No one tried to make fishing easier for them, and no one had to convince them that fishing was “fun”. They live near the water and the streams and rivers in the area are their playground.

Pretty soon I’ll be writing about why one of the boys was wearing a wetsuit and the type of fishing he was going to do (a method called takuri). For now, I just hope the images can bring you the fun I had in seeing them going out on their own. We also got to enjoy the catch later on, some great ayu cooked shioyaki style.

Three kids going fishing

Three kids after fishing - eating their fish

Three kids after fishing: eating their catch

Three kids eating their fish

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  1. David says:

    It will be interesting to see how these boys fish. In February I happened to find a web page and videos showing a fishing technique wherein they were similarly dressed and equipped. They swam on the surface or underwater to hook the fish on the end of short length of bamboo. However, it was listed under a different name; ちょん掛 or『ちょんがけ』 = Chon Kake “Chon-gake”. Or 鮎のちょん掛け = Ayu no chon-kake . It will be fun to discover how takuri is different.

  2. Matt "statikpunk" Donovan says:

    nothing like seeing a bunch of kids running to the water to fish. there is a pond that I grew up near and I fished it all the time and even with video games and everything else I still see kids out there fishing. I truly believe that hunting and fishing connects with people on another level, I have never seen a kid have a bad time catching a fish.

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