Monday, March 18, 2013

Cormorant Fisherman

It's a good day for hanging around!  Does your city have a sister city?
Well in my city, Cincinnati, Ohio, we have seven sister cities.
One of the sister cities is Gifu, Japan 
 It became a Sister City: May 11, 1988
Population: 413,099
Land Area: 203 miles2
Distance from Fountain Square the center of my city: 6659 miles
Don't think I will be traveling there soon.
 Gifu City is located in central Japan on the island of Honshu.  Gifu City is most famous for its 1300-year-old cormorant fishing tradition, which uses the birds to catch fish attracting thousands of tourists each year.
The fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird's throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat, but the birds can swallow smaller fish. When a cormorant has caught a fish in its throat, the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat and has the bird spit the fish up.  YUCK!!
This picture was taken last Fall.
They gave my city this statue of friendship in 1992.
If you visit the Twin Lakes in Eden Park, you will discover the statue of a cormorant fisherman adjacent to beautiful flowering cherry trees.
The plaque is written in braille also.
Why I have little statues and plaques all over my city.
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot


  1. We have a sister city, too, but we can't think of the name of it at the moment. They came and made a beautiful Japanese Garden--BUT we're not allowed in. NO FAIR.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    The Braille is correct Grade 2 (SHE reads Braille)

  2. Thanks SW that was interesting about the birds doing the fishing. Sister City, No , we are lucky we have this one! (Uh Politicans)

    Your Bestie furiends
    Ssuie & crazy Bites

  3. How interesting! I would love to go visit Japan! I wanted to thank you for your last comment, I had never thought that perhaps Charley had been walked by volunteers sometimes. That makes sense!

  4. OH Sweet William this was VERY MUCH Interesting! You know how much we love stuffs like this.

  5. O I thought this was way interesting. I would guess we have a sister city. But I am ashamed to say I do not know what it is.

  6. Hi Sweet William. We don't know about any sister cities butt Benji was born in Ohio. Maybe the two of u were from sister neighborhoods at one point before Benji found his forever home with us in nj.

  7. You go to the coolest places in your city AND manage to 'bring' us to your sister city too!
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

  8. So cool to have a sister city. Thanks for the tour sweet William
    Benny & Lily

  9. That is pretty cool stuff. I wonder if I have a sister city, I am going to have to investigate that. Thank you for the information.

    Loveys Sasha

  10. That is really cool William! Mama says we have one of those sister cities but she isn't sure where it is. You look so handsome in that first pic! Xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  11. That is amazing about the fishing with cormorants. I bet some of those fishermen get nasty pecks from time to time. If I were a cormorant (interesting concept, says Gail...), I would be none too keen on giving up my catch!
    Toodle pip!

  12. Gee, we wonder if we have a sister city too? What a cool post! Thank you, William!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  13. We haven't a sister city, probably we are to small for such a thingy. but our district capital has 3 sister cities: agia paraskevi in greece, aberystwyth in wales and alsdorf in germany. Thanks for this interesting post, Sweet William ;o)btw: cormorant fishing sounds interesting, I like fishies...where can I buy such a cormorant?

  14. Oh, that is cool Sweet William!! We have many sister cities here in San Jose, CA....
    San Jose, Costa Rica; Dublin, Ireland; Okayama City, Japan; Tainan, Taiwan; and Pune, India.
    I thinks there might be another one, butts Ma can't thinks of it now! Butts I don't thinks we have a cool statue though! I love your pose in front of it William!
    I don't know abouts the fishin' though, though any free fish is cool!

  15. I just can't imagine giving up any food. Your pose is so cute and handsome. Thanks for sharing about your sister city.

  16. How cool is that?

    I learn something new about Ohio every time I visit you! :)


  17. sOOO CUTE, Yes you are! I love the music. Nice to meet you William!

  18. We luv cormorants - they follow us sometimes when we're kayaking :) Cool statue and fascinating sister city!

    Waggin at ya,

  19. COOL!! 7 sister cities!! We have one but I have no idea who it is bol Guess I better check this out!!


  20. We are twined with one in France, Cinque Port.. Loved all the photo's William and youz looking stunning as ever ( Don't tell'z Ranger I said that BOL ) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  21. OMCs sweet William
    That license plate you saw is truly amazing...maybe I have a twin in O-Hi-O!

    We have a twin city

  22. In England...hugs
    hugs Madi your bfff

  23. We don't think we have sister cities. Having the one like we've got is bad enough, we'd feel sorry for others if they were like us! And anyway, we live out in the countryside so we don't think we can really comment to loudly! Love your stuff Sweet William!

  24. Sir William:
    How nice of your city to have a sister city. I wonder if mine does?!? I will have to check that out. Now, for the bird spitting up its catch for the fisherman....sounds kinda gross to me but I guess, to eah their own.
    *high paws*