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Interview with Fishermen
Life of fishermen
We asked several questions to fishermen who were engaged in hobiki net-fishing.
When did you sail out fishing?
Mr. Sakamoto:
  During summer, if there was wind, I sailed out as soon as it got dark. If there was no wind, I stayed home.
Mr. Kuroda:
  When there was no wind, I went out, and when the wind began blowing, I came back and sailed out, or I came back early and slept under sails. I slept on the boat and when the wind blew, I went fishing.
  Hobiki net-fishing heavily depended on the blowing of the wind, didnft it?
How did you go to fishing spots?
Mr. Kuroda:
  We rowed the boat from leeward to windward, and then from the other side of the lake, we came back, drifting the boat by south wind while fishing. It was very far to the other side of the lake and the wind was very strong. We had to row the boat to fishing areas patiently and tirelessly
  Oh, you rowed the boat against the wind. You must have stamina to do that.
How did you recognize your fellow fishermen from a distance?
Mr. Kuroda:
  Looking at the sails from a distance, we could recognize each other. Once sails became old and weak, they were replaced with new ones, and there was almost no boat having new sails only. Usually old and new sails were mixed together. Thus we could tell each other from our sails.
  The sails look like vertical stripes.
How did feel when you started hobiki net-fishing?
Mr. Orimoto:

When I started learning fishing, I was scared to go fishing. It took two to three more years before I finally became prepared for this occupation. I resolved to fish as a means of living. Then I was able to shake off my sense of fear.

  You had to do fishing to support your family even though it involved danger.