Hino City in Tokyo will be holding the 4th annual Ayu Sweetfish Festival along the banks of the Asakawa River from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will celebrate Japanese fishing tradition with demonstrations of fishing techniques in the river, kid-friendly lessons and games, various food stalls, and a stamp rally. The city will also distribute 2,000 of the event’s titular ayu sweetfish to guests free of charge, salt-grilled on-site.
The relatively new Ayu Sweetfish Festival started as a project to promote understanding and interest in Tokyo’s unique river ecosystems. The festival shines a spotlight on ayu and other aquatic wildlife found in the Asakawa River, and teaches children and adults alike about the local environment and how it supports our day-to-day lives.
Hino City was designated as Tokyo's first SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Future City on July 1, and looks to use the Ayu Sweetfish Festival and other environmentally-focused events to increase awareness of urban sustainability.
For details about the Ayu Sweetfish Festival, info on free ayu pick-up, and an access map of the festival area, check the festival’s official English webpage at: http://www.city.hino.lg.jp/languages/english/1009842.html.
Information on Hino City’s Sustainable Development Goals and SDGs Future City designation can be found in Japanese on the City Website at: http://www.city.hino.lg.jp/shisei/keikaku/senryaku/1012037/1012109.html.© Japan Today