SAKAAMI, Traditional Wild Duck Hunting: Thinking About the Relationship Between People and Nature
(2018 / 42 minutes / subbed both in Japanese and English)
Restoring the sense of oneness with nature that modern society has almost forgotten
The Katanokamo Pond in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is known for a traditional method of wild duck hunting called saka’ami-ryo. The origin of the method, in which hunters catch wild ducks flying low across the pond, dates back to the Edo period.
How are they able to catch wild birds soaring freely through the skies? Why has the tradition been handed down for more than 300 years at the Katanokamo Pond?
This movie focuses on the hunters who have kept up the tradition, their skills, and the natural environment of the pond. Their secrets are revealed.