I finally got around to editing a short movie from this brutal affair that I witnessed. Shimoda's big on salmon, so they have a big festival every year where you can be as cruel to fish as you've ever imagined, and also eat them and also bounce around in an inflatable duck that I call American Duck (who seems to appear at a lot of festivals around here).
Things to watch for:
-The Fish Pool Scramble- While I'm not sure if anyone actually calls it by that name, the scramble is where you can pay a few dollars to be one of the many people who wades in a pool and catches a live salmon with your bare hands. The salmon then dies of suffocation, or in rare cases bludgeoning, if rumors are to be believed.
-The 'Beat Your Fish with a Stick' Race- The four contestants stand next to a trough, each with one salmon inside. While you are supposed to nudge your fish with your stick, and have the fish swim to victory under its own power, those who really want to win usually wield their stick more like a golf club than a wand of gentle encouragement.
-The vegetarian holding up a fish that she recently murdered- No explanation necessary, Shimoda brings out the worst in us all.