At 46, Shuji Sugiyama is the youngest of the ‘usho’ fishermen in Gifu, western Japan. Photo: AFP

Japanese cormorant fishermen keep alive tradition that belongs to another age

  • The birds are roped together and the fishermen tie string around each one’s throat to stop them eating the fish they catch
  • The practice has been in gradual decline for centuries
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At 46, Shuji Sugiyama is the youngest of the ‘usho’ fishermen in Gifu, western Japan. Photo: AFP
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