Today was wonderful! No dolphins in the Cove, because of the fishermen’s festival in Taiji…. not to mention the BUCKETS of rain pouring from the sky all day (raining on their parade). It was raining so hard that waterfalls were forming on the hills because water was running down them. Rain falls. Huge and powerful rain falls… that when staring into the raw natural power and force… reminds you of all man’s insignificance.
This morning we all decided that because of the festival and the rain the fishermen wouldn’t go out. So we slept in and worked late this morning. A car went to the Cove at about 9am to double check and to show Junior the lay about. My dad and I were getting ready to meet someone who lives here in Japan and wanted to share some things he researched about the dolphin hunt. No dolphins were in the Cove, John and Jackie called us to let us know! We said good-morning to Steven and off we went to Kushimoto! The man we were meeting with is from Wakayama, and we were very excited to hear what he had to say.
This morning while I was packing to get out the door, I needed a bit of home! So I downloaded and watched the latest GLEE episode! Loved it! Made me cry several times… who else here is a Gleek? 🙂
The meeting! Was very interesting. This man had done SO much research. He and his wife both think that the claim this is cultural is a big fat lie, with multiple layers. Here are some of the things he talked about and we discussed:
1. He told us what he had researched about the Dolphin hunt. He said that the Whaling is tradition, however they dolphin hunt is not. It started in around 1970, when the nicest ones were taken for show and the rest were killed for meat. “Almost no one eats dolphin in Japan, (companies) cheat and call it Whale, small whale”. Most of it is eaten in this city, but some is shipped out to other locations. But the killing of Dolphins is not that old.
2. Taiji kills 2,000 a year, a very small amount compared to the national quota.
3. “It won’t be easy (for the Japanese) people to think differently. Japanese don’t want to eat it (dolphin) but they don’t care (to stand up) and they don’t want to fight the Taiji fishermen. They don’t want any fights, you never say no here”. According to him, people like to go around corners, there really isn’t a word for No. You say it with a reason behind it, you don’t just say no.
3. The Cove is getting major coverage because of the film “The Cove”.
4. Oikomiryo is the name of the technique the fishermen use to drive the dolphin in. I found these two links when I googled it. Slide show page and this frontline article that you really need to read. Very interesting.
5. Most Japanese don’t know and when they find out they don’t care.
6. Media doesn’t have much freedom it is very controlled here in Japan.
7. “They don’t have to eat fish”. He was upset about cheep Sushi bars, “it used to be a special occasion you would eat Sushi, it was savory and very expensive. These cheep Sushi bars are insulting and bother me. Now people bring their kids and eat this fish for like 100 Yen. No one ate tuna before the war, it was not considered a good fish. After the war they started hunting it”. 200 years ago, he said, the Japanese did not eat meat, but would eat little local fish. It was not the main food, mostly vegetables.
After the war they had to find more protein, and America (General Mac Arthur), gave the Japanese old American whaling ships to feed their people. This was the beginning of commercial whaling in Japan. The western world started this!
8. The coast used to be full of Whales, Then they started harpooning them.
9. (The Japanese) don’t really need to eat it, (we) need to find a way to make people see it as barbaric. “The media is doing the opposite”.
10. “This was not part of the Culture, it is just now starting to heat up”.
11. People say “this is our roots, but it’s not. I don’t know why but when it comes to whaling, no one wants to fight (or talk)”.
12.”Nobody wants the meat. When it is not sold they cut the price in half. Every night they do this! Whale meat no body wants”. They are wasting it.
This is where I want to talk about my dad’s theory. I feel like we are fighting a battle much bigger than Whaling.”Antarctica is said to be a resource rich land. Japan has always been a resource starved nation. The Antarctic treaty says that no one can disrupt and take resources from there now. This will come to an end soon… and all of the various countries are going to come together and divide up Antarctica. Japan wants a seat at that table. And they are going to use the fact they have been commercial whaling there as a way to get a piece of Antarctica’s resources. SSCS is not against culture, the government wants part of Antarctica.”-Scott West
— He also said, “How can you call “culture” driving boats to the arctic?! Row boat… that is how it was”. We need the media to say it is not culture.
lunch was lovely! We went back to that homemade restaurant where we had that amazing pizza! We all had pizza, salad and veggie soup! It was raining so hard! And it was so beautiful! We enjoyed that quiet, comfy feeling of being at home sitting in there.
The falls were AMAZING! Rain WaterFalls were forming everywhere! There are so many hills, all the buckets of rain landing at the top were rushing down the small mountains like a rainforest floor, and creating these monster waterfalls! They were so scary! We got out and walked out to this bridge where one was falling about 20 feet away. It was like we stepped into a shower before we were even on the center of the bridge. The bridge was blocked off, for a good reason… it had holes in it! Big enough to fall in! But we were very careful! And there was no sign, so we went to the center and watched this nature made raw power hit the rocks creating a stream and flying back over our heads! Amazing. The air smelled like fresh rain water and lavender. I don’t know why the lavender, it was some sort of herb… but it was pretty!
—- Now I realize I am maybe crossing a line and could even offend some people calling this slaughter the Holocaust of the Oceans. But I really feel that way. Innocents minding their own business, being taken out of their homes… held and tortured to death. All done by people who are power hungry, not to mention greedy. Millions of Cetaceans have been slaughtered…. Millions of innocent people were killed. The only difference is that Cetaceans aren’t humans. But there shouldn’t be a difference between the two… we should cherish the creatures on this planet… and instead we wipe them out. It’s a holocaust that will kill us all.
For the Animals,