Whale Graves and Monuments in the Chūbu and Hokuriku Regions
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This chapter examines whaling culture in the Chūbu Region (central Honshū) on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and the Hokuriku Region, the northern part of the Chūbu Region on the coast of the Sea of Japan. Facing the two different oceans, respectively, the two regions developed different whaling cultures. While no whale graves have been found in the Chūbu Region, several monuments for dolphins were erected there. In turn, although there were no major whaling bases in the Hokuriku Region, local residents created graves and monuments for whales that had been stranded ashore.