Whale Shrines and Temples in the Kantō Region
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This chapter studies whaling culture in the Kantō Region (central-eastern Honshū), the seat of Japan’s capital, Tokyo. Whales migrated in the Pacific Ocean off the Bōsō peninsula, south of Tokyo, and several fishing villages engaged in classical whaling, and local fishermen created many whale graves. In addition, surprisingly, there are also whale graves and monuments in Tokyo, because whales occasionally drifted into the bay of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) and local fishermen caught them. There are interesting episodes about these whales.