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Interview with Fishermen
Interview with a Net-maker
Interview with a Net-maker
We had an interview with Mr. Takahashi, a net-maker.

Nets and sails were made by net-makers. The size and materials of the boat are determined according to your skills, physical strength as well as the cost. The net is a tool that directly catches fish, and therefore, fishermen made the best use of inventiveness in making nets. So no nets were the same. Subtle adjustments were necessary to customize nets to meet the requirements of fishermen. Net-makers discussed with each fisherman to understand his individual needs. Fishermen often kept their ideas and inventions about nets secret from each other.

Net-makers are just like doctors for nets.
Nets for hobiki net-fishing

Since nets were made of cotton, which was very precious in those days, those used in the sea were sometimes carried over by ship and used for hobiki net-fishing. Such nets were called g agari-ami. h Nets used in the sea tend not to corrode thanks to the salt in sea water. So no corrosion proof treatment with persimmon tannin was given to them. Therefore, nets used in the seas were first coated with persimmon tannin and net-makers remade their shape to be suitable for hobiki fishing on Kasumigaura.
Now only one net-maker remains in Kasumigaura-machi. He said, gNet-makers would be turned away unless they make nets which can catch fish well.h
Net-makers also repaired broken nets. Fishermen called net-makers when their nets were ginjuredh or out of shape. Then the net-maker went to the fisherman's house and repaired them on a rush mat spread in the yard. Since repair work was often done at night after fishing was over, it was very cold and hard work especially in winter time.