Sunday, 9 September 2007
After cycling up route 14 we passed over the Araya river we we spotted a " Yanaba " Fish trap located in the river. We decide to take a closer look as these are not a very common site in Japan. A Yanaba is a traditional fish trap constructed in the river usually where the river narrows but in this case a channel had been made especially for the fish trap. The trap itself is a lattice of poles which are spaced about one centimeter apart and set at an angle in the water, submerged upstream, but gradually reaching a height of 2 meters above the water line downstream. Because of the spacing of the poles the water is able to flow through freely, but the Ayu which is a Japanese small river fish are not so Lucky.