In 2004, Gifu City began engaging in activities aimed at having cormorant fishing on the Nagara River listed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. Gifu City established a “Project Team to Make Gifu City Cormorant Fishing Listed as a World Heritage” and has launched various projects.
- Scientific Research
・Basic practical research on cormorant fishing itself
・Technical practical research that supports cormorant fishing
・Research in the preservation of the cultural scenery
・Preparation of drawings of tools for cormorant fishing on the Nagara River
・Issuance of research reports
・Preparation of documentary videos, etc.
・Preparation of flags and banners.
・Organization of seminars for the general public on cormorant fishing
・Organization of a Symposium on the Future of Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River
・Issuance of the pamphlet, “Rediscovering Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River”
・Organization of seminars to train storytellers about cormorant fishing
・Organization of study meetings for Omotenashi (hospitality) related to cormorant fishing on the Nagara River, etc.
Fiscal Year 2016
Training seminar for storytellers about cormorant fishing, “Graduation Event”
[18 persons graduated on January 31, 2016 and 13 persons graduated on January 29, 2017]
Fiscal Year 2015
Symposium on the Future of Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River
[Participants: 380 persons; June 6, 2015]
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2013
Fiscal Year 2012
Shooting documentary video on technologies related to cormorant fishing observation boats [July 24, 2012]
Fiscal Year 2011
Visiting the Nagara River “Origin of the Nagara River – Blessings of nature created by river and woods”
[Organized by Nagaragawa Bunka Forum; Participants: 49 persons; October 29, 2011]
Fiscal Year 2010
Fiscal Year 2009]
Fiscal Year 2008
Fiscal Year 2007
Fiscal Year 2006
In 2015, cormorant fishing on the Nagara River was valued by the national government and international institutions, including the fact that the technique of cormorant fishing on the Nagara River was designated to be a national important intangible folk cultural asset of Japan; “Nobunaga’s Omotenashi (Japanese Hospitality Spirit),” the Sengoku Castle Town where the Spirit is Still Alive was certified as Japan Heritage; the Ayu of the Nagara River System – the relationship between people and Ayu in the river running through villages – was certified as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), etc. and we made a major progress towards achievement of our goal.
In the future, Gifu City will strive to act strategically under four basic policies aiming for early achievement of its goal, to be listed as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
- We will steadily make preparations for filing an application while performing research into the latest trends and case studies of other areas.
- We will make an appeal for cormorant fishing as “cormorant fishing loved by Nobunaga” and “cormorant fishing representing the culture of Ayu and water” in collaboration with Japan Heritage and GIAHS and thereby increase the recognition of cormorant fishing on the Nagara River in and outside Japan.
- We will engage in activities in the form of the “All Gifu City System” to increase enthusiasm.
- In order to ensure the preservation and succession of cormorant fishing on the Nagara River and carrying it forward into the future, we will protectively engage in activities to resolve various issues.