In Sakata, which faces the Sea of Japan, various seafood is landed at the port every day, and fresh seafood is jostling throughout the season. In the Edo period, it prospered as a port of call for western-route shipping, and has benefited from the blessings of the sea. Surrounded by the sea, Japan seems to have been fishing and eating fish since prehistoric times. At the Koyamazaki Site (Yuza Town, Akumi District), a site from the early Jomon period, a “fishhook” made of bone was excavated. Spindles (weights attached to nets) that are thought to have been used for fishing and floating pumice stones have also been unearthed, and various types of shells have been unearthed from the Fukura site. It seems that the diet of the people at that time was rich, and many bones of animals that served as food have been excavated.

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