September 08, 2013

Tairyobata are bright coloured banners to indicate the catch of a Japanese ship

Photo: Colourful tairyobata

"When a vessel pulls into port with a large catch, it raises a banner called a tairyobata. Tairyobata are characteristically showy in color, both from a superstitious and to be conspicious on a vessel. They are mainly hoisted during festivals these days"

Source: In search of the Ultimate seafood
Travel Notes 2
Nipponica, No 8, 2012, page 23

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