Summer bonus from the sea for Ojima Islanders

Summer bonus from the sea for Ojima Islanders

At 9:30 a.m., July 8, on Ojima Island, Nanjo, the first catch of young rabbitfish called suku in Okinawa.

July 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 8, which is June 1 in the lunar calendar, there was a good catch of suku fish on Ojima Island, Nanjo. Called suku in Okinawa, they are young rabbitfish, which are normally eaten salted. In the past people used to catch these fish over just a few days between June 1 and July 1 of the lunar calendar. The islanders and fishermen refer to the catch as a “bonus from the sea.”

People were excited about catching so many of these shining, silver fish between three and four centimeters long. At 9:30 a.m., the first fishing boat with about 15 kilograms of suku returned to port. Women busied themselves sorting the fish that their husbands and sons had caught.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey) 

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