Tag Archives: Okinawa

Miyakojima Island Traditional Fishing

One interesting thing I find about fishing Japan is discovering local traditional fishing techniques, and having a go for oneself. In my limited experience, most non-Japanese anglers one meets over here tend to go for fly or lure fishing using modern equipment to chase big game like tuna, yellowtail, mahi mahi, sea bass and the like, and not for the more traditional Japanese fishing. With so many different biotopes and varying local conditions – along with the Japanese penchant for eating almost anything from the sea – many specialised fishing techniques have developed over the ages, and often these are restricted to very specific regions. On Miyakojima island, fishermen use a technique called ishimaki-otoshi (lit. ‘wrapped stone drop’) which is well suited to catching large fish from the nooks and crannies that comprise the coral sea floor around the island. No special equipment is required other than a coil of good strong nylon line, a nice big fish hook and some bait fish.  And some stones…

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Some Miyakojima Specialties

Some examples of the food I ate while in Miyakojima.  Whilst some of the dishes such as chanploo are fairly ubiquitous and can be found anywhere in the Ryukyu archipelago, others were peculiar to Miyako, such as the soup noodle soba and various beef dishes.  In fact Miyakojima has its own breed of cow, one fine specimen of which we spotted on Kurima Island.  Click on the Miyako cow for more…

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Miyakojima Folk Song

Live traditional music in the restaurant “Goya”, Hirara City, Miyakojima (Okinawa Prefecture).

There is no rice wine

as good as one with a Okinawan pit viper in it. Specialty of Okinawa known as habushu or habusake.

Back from Miyakojima

I have a bunch of videos and over 400 photos to go through, so just a taster for the moment.  Thanks for all the comments when I was away, I will try to reply to each as soon as I can.