Gifts From Nature on Notojima Island in Japan

Though industrialized fishing has been utilized all over the country, Notojima towns still do small-scale fishing as a community, where many members meet the fisherman before dawn to help process the morning’s catch.

As an island slightly longer than California, but half the area, it is no surprise that the Japanese have a strong connection to the surrounding ocean. Since ancient times, they have been able to form a strong connection with the natural world, creating a place where humans act as caretakers of the land and sea. Though industrialized fishing has been utilized all over the country, Notojima towns still do small-scale fishing as a community, where many members meet the fisherman before dawn to help process the morning’s catch. Much of the island is still covered in dense forest, with towns mostly inhabiting the coastal lowland and inlets. Craftspeople in the town harvest wood modestly from the forest, as well as plants in the underbrush to prevent the overgrowth of bamboo.

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