Tomonoura’s “Tourism Sea beam netfishing” is very iconic event in early summer in Tomonoura, representing the traditional fishing style “Tie up sea beam netfishing method” which was born in early Edo Period in Tomonoura, making it one of the biggest event in Tomo area.
Before shipping, Otohime who is the princess of sea dancing “Benten ryugu no mai” wishing for a good luck and dancers of “Tomonoura Aiya bushi preservation community” performs “Aiya-bushi” dance.
Then about 50 members come together to board to the ocean by 6 ships holding the vibrant fishermen’s big-catch flag, which scene makes it very dynamic and exciting! They use the giant net which is 1,500 meter long and 100 meter wide to chase Madai (Sea beam) to the net.
Today we can observe this event “Tai Ami” closely on the boat, moreover we can purchase the freshest sea beam just after the event on site – as the ship turned out to be a direct sales depot. “Tai Ami (Tourism Tai Ami)” is designated as Intangible Folk Cultural Property of the city in 2015.
Tomonoura Tourism Tai Ami
Place/ Tanoura, Sensuijima, Tomo-cho, Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima
Date/ Every early May through end May (About 1 month) *Aiya-bushi only on Sunday and national holidays
Monday through Saturday: 13:00- (Once a day)
Sundays and Holidays: 10:30- / 13:30- (Prior booking essential / Amount of time required: About 80 min.) *For a group more than 15 participants, please make a reservation in advance.
Fees/ Adult (High school students and above): 3,000yen / Child (Elementary / Junior High) 1,500yen
Inquiry: Fukuyama Convention & Visitors Association ( 084-926-2649)