Some travellers are surprised and tell us, "You could fish in Lake Tazawa!?”
Of course, we could! It was a lake with abundant fish as it was told in the Legend of Tatsuko.
That reminds us: when we visited Tatsuko Chaya a month ago, a wooden boat was stored in a shack next to the restaurant. We found out that the restaurant owner, Mr. Miura, is passinately involved in an environment preservation group. We were excited to know more about his involvement.
June 12th, 2010 -- The boat was finally out in the water, follwoing a Shinto ceremony to wish for the safety on the boat. According to the article, Mr. Miura, the restaurant owner of Tatsuko Chaya,is the leading organizer and started this project. He visited Tazawako Museum of Traditional Crafts (Tazawako Kyodo-shiryou-kan: 田沢湖郷土資料館) to learn about the traditional boat. More than 15 volunteers were involved in this project and now it is completed.
Restored Wooden Boat Out in the Lake (Courtesy of Semboku City Government)
***** After this article was published, Kunimasu, then- registered as "extinct," was discovered in Yamanashi Prefecture! About the miraculous discovery, read here. *****