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Isaza Fishing
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Omata River in Anamizu Town, and other rivers
Category
Life
Class
Traditional technique
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Isaza is ice goby, a 5cm-long fish in the goby family. In Noto, the fish is called “the fish that announces spring”. Fishing of isaza swimming up a river to spawn is a typical spring activity, which can be seen in 18 of Noto’s rivers, including the Omata River in Anamizu Town. The fishing is done the traditional way; square nets are hung from footholds on the river bank and sunk into the water, and then raised quickly when a school of fish passes by. The fish is mostly eaten alive, as “dancing fish,” and is much- prized as a delicacy enjoyed for its sweet taste and smooth texture when chewed with the back teeth. The official fishing season is from March 1 to the end of May. “Permission for fishing with a lift-net” from the Governor of the prefecture is required to fish isaza.
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