The shape of Japanese territory has allowed fishing to become a focal point for both food and economic development. Tokyo Bay is a crossroads of two marine currents of different temperature, which increases the level of fisheries: we are talking about the warm current of Kuroshio (the second largest current in the world) coming from the south, which in Japan branches in the current Tsushima , and the cold of Oyashio coming from the north, from the Bering Sea. The combination favors the development of the plankton, which in turn fosters the development of fish stocks, allowing the Japanese coast to cover up to eight thousand varieties of different fish.
The kitchen, as we all know, is therefore heavily based on the use of fish rather than meat, and even in this aspect up to a few years ago, the small stature of the Asians was linked: although the stature is actually conditioned by the diet, reconnecting everything to fish abuse in its diet seems to have become, over time, more of a disadvantage than other.
Japan, however, does not care about fishing, because it is often counteracted by weather: it is carved in memory of all the tsunami that struck Fukushima in 2011, but not least monsoons and typhoons affecting the sea and the coast, destroying the fish ecosystem. Among other things to consider is the huge uranium transport that Kuroshio runs daily: Hawaii Reporter reported in 2007 that the amount of uranium transported in one year is 5, 2 tons.
There are also many fishing bans that have prevented Japanese people from engaging in their fishing boats and starting in the famous hunting boots that have also seen them in the Pacific whales. In 2014, therefore, quite recently, the Japanese government has begun to disguise their hunting activities for cetaceans under concealment, by extorting their raids for scientific purposes.
Lastly, the progressive pollution of coastal waters is another great enemy of fishing: in Tokyo, in particular, bathing is forbidden in most of the coast, starting from Odaiba, the artificial island created off the capital. Salmon, herring, sardines and anchovies are the most popular species from the Japanese, from Hokkaido to Honshu, from Kushiro to Wakkanai. Currently Japan,
The fisherman’s story
Fishing, however, is not just a modern phenomenon, it is not just a exploitation of the sea as it likes. Fishing is a religion. There is no precise moment in the history of Japan during which fishing was born: there has always been. During the Heian and Edo period, the high dignitaries worried about continuing the Ukai fishing culture: this technique involved the use of a bird type, namely cormorants, for catching freshwater fish.
Of course, this technique, though very scenic, did not seem to be able to bring great benefits, especially since the cormorant was exclusively fed with fish, becoming a true competitor of man: so the Ukai was abandoned by favoring techniques that during the Edo period were overwhelming. In 1936, only in Japan, more than 4,000,000 tons of fish were caught.
Only the war succeeded in halting Japan, because in the ’40s the amount of fishing dropped significantly, reducing the size of the half; then, however, the force and the abnegation were overwhelmed by warlike calamities and everything was reestablished. The fish industry in 1952 returned to high figures, which exceeded those previously mentioned in 1936.
In 1972, the quantities hit 10 million tonnes, doubling what it had been twenty years earlier: an activity that over time has learned to engage any Japanese, not just as a job, but as a true passion to cultivate. The sea allows it, the peace of the souls of the Sol Levante is a great accomplice, so fishing has conquered Japan. Among other things, outside of what is the real seafood supply, the Japanese also apply to catch oysters and pearls.
A phenomenon that Yoko Taro has tried to replicate inNieR: Automatic in which, unlike Final Fantasy XV , you could get to retrieve any type of object from pearls to the one that required one of the trophies of the game, namely the retrieval of an old Pod, abandoned between the waters of the submerged city.