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The Use of Lake Biwa and People’s Lifestyle

  • Masayoshi Maehata
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Abstract

People have been living around Lake Biwa since ancient times, using various resources including fishes, reeds, waterweeds, bottom mud, and the lake water itself for their daily life and industrial activities. Earlier, people unknowingly kept their use of these resources below a certain threshold, thereby neither draining nor exceeding the natural purification capacity of Lake Biwa. However, after World War II, when Japan entered a period of high economic growth, great changes occurred with respect to industrial infrastructure as well as people’s lifestyle, and this greatly altered the traditional use of resources. In this chapter, the changes that occurred in traditional fishery, water use, and waterside living and the other changes in traditional lifestyle are introduced.

Keywords

Paddy Field Common Carp Crucian Carp Fishery Resource Fishing Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lake Biwa MuseumKusatsuJapan

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