yAbout the SEA-FOLK MUSEUMz
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|| The Toba Sea-Folk Museum was founded in 1971 to preserve the knowledge
and history of Tobafs fishing traditions and culture. We are the only museum
inJapan dedicated to understanding the traditions of Tobafs fisher-folk,
and the relationship between man and the sea.
For over 40 years the museum has collected and preserved the antique fishing
equipment of Mie Prefecturefs fishing villages, and researched the traditions and religion
of the areafs fisher-folk.
|In 1985 the museum was awarded eImportant Tangible Folk Cultural Propertiesf by@Japanfs Agency for Cultural
Affairs, for our collection of over six thousand exhibits about Tobafs
ancient fishing traditions and antique fishing equipment.The museum was
built in Uramura, outside of Toba city, in order to preserve the fishing
heritage of this area for future generations.It took over 6 years to plan
and build the museum, and it finally opened to the public in 1993.
7 main sections
|1DTRADITIONS OF SEA FOLK
People love the ocean. The oceans of the world have
brought forth life under the sea. For the Japanese, inhabitants of pacific
islands, the ocean has been more significant than just a place where people get
food and salt. The ocean has been used as a highway for trade
or as the means of customs and religions etc. since ancient times. Traditions of Sea Folk has been characterized
by a long and significant relationship between the ocean and people.
|2DAMA DIVERS IN SHIMA
The history of Ama (women
diver) fishing dates back to 10,000 years ago. How could they catch abalones in
less than 50 seconds without scuba-equipment? Try holding your breath for as
long as the Ama, when watching them dive.
|3DSEA-FOLK FAITH AND FESTIVALS
In Japan, gods reside everywhere. This is an important point to understand the
Faith of Japanese. Gods may settle in a house, in a boat, and even in a small
piece of wood. Japanese worship natural phenomena because of this belief. Meet
gthe Ebisuh god, the Japanese god that brings fortune and harvest.
|4DFISHERY IN ISE BAY
Ise Bay used to be a favorable fishing area. People would catch
just what food they needed for the day. In those days man depended on himself
or being developed. gUtase-ami ryoh, trawling nets using a sail-boat was one of
traditional methods of fishermen.
|5DFISHERY IN SHIMA AND KUMANO
In the past, dropping octopus-pots,
harpooning Marlins, sharks and whales, snatching schools of sand lance by scoop
net in the area have been replaced by technological innovation. Donft miss the processing of Katsuo-bushi(dried bonito) and nori(sea weed).
Both of which are essential to prepare Japanese dishes.
Industrial waste discharge and land
reclamation have destroyed tidal flats and shallow seaweed areas, the home of
small marine life. Thermal pollution from atomic generator plants is affecting
the whole environment of the sea. Our daily life easily becomes a source of
pollution. Itfs time to Save Our Seas when we notice
S.O.S. signals from marine organisms.
|7DWOODEN BOAT AND NAVIGATION
Travel back in the past and hear
the sounds of waves with the collection of Japanese original and Asian wooden
boats in the museumfs ship storage. In Japan, boat builders used to put a spirit called funadama-san in each new boat
he made. As boat builders are becoming fewer in number today, unique and
traditional construction techniques are disappearing.
We also keep over 90 small wooden fishing boats on display in our special
Four times a year the museum holds special exhibitions and photo galleries,
further opportunities to explore the long relationship between Tobafs
fisher-folk and the sea.
The museum is located in a beautiful part of Tobafs countryside close
the sea, where you can hear the birds singing and appreciate the sea air.
In the museumfs friendly atmosphere you can explore the long relationship
between people and the sea, looking at over 58,000 exhibits.
||Naito Architect & Associates Hiroshi Naito
||Structural Design Group Co.,Ltd(S.D.G) Kunio Watanabe
|Size of the museumfs buildings
|hall area of the museum - 17,896 m2
|hall areas of building - 1,905 m2
|collection room - 2,026 m2
|research room - 499 m2
|experience program room - 387 m2
|cafe - 74 m2
Toba Sea-Folk Museum has been awarded several prizes, including
- Japan Inter-Design Forum Prizeby Japan Inter design Forum
- Award of Architectural Institute of Japan by Architectural Institute of
- Award ofPublicBuilding by The Ministry of Construction.
21st March `@30th November@@@9am `@5pm
¦Opening hours are extended between
1st December `@20th March@@9am `@ 4.30pm
The museum will not be open on 26th June`30th June, and 26th December `30th
||Children (under 18 years)
|Groups (20-99 people)
|Groups (over 100)
Toba Sea-Folk Museum
Tokai Suisan Kagaku Kyoukai Foundation
Post code: 517-0025
iBy Carjfrom the pearl road gounouraoohashih go 3km and turn left.
From Toba tenboudai drive 3.5 km and turn right.
iTrain and Busjcoming from the JR and Kintesu Line Toba train station
using the Sankou Bus which goes via pearl road takes about 25 minutes.
Get off at the gUmi no hakabutsukanh stop and the museum is a 1 minute