Traditional fishing method is performed in Arashiyama
Ukai (cormorant fishing) is a traditional fishing method which uses trained cormorants called ‘Umiu’ to catch river fish such as freshwater trouts. It is said that this type of fishing has been carried out from around Heian period. Therefore, ukai has a very long history. Ukai is practiced on a wooden boat which is attached large fire. Cormorants dive under the water to catch fish by swallowing them whole, and the fish are kept in the cormorant’s throat. The fish are retrieved later by fish man. This traditional fishing method was almost disappeared, and these days, ukai is held mainly as an attraction for tourists.