The sun shining on squid drying in the open air on Ojima Island

The sun shining on squid drying in the open air on Ojima Island

Squid dried in the sun under the blue sky on Ojima Island, Nanjo City.


June 11, 2011 by Yasuhide Matayoshi, Photographer of Ryukyu Shimpo

A typical scene as people start their traditional summer work of drying squid in the sun on the fishermen’s island of Ojima, Nanjo City. Squid caught in the morning are carefully prepared and brought into the port to be hung out to dry on lengths of barbed wire.

The white squid glisten in the bright sunshine and sway in the sea breeze. “This year we have caught large squid even though we have just started fishing,” said Teruko Chinen, 71 year-old owner of a fish shop near the port.

Fishing for squid reaches its peak in August and continues until October.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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