• The Sigh of Eels2022.05

    The Sigh of Eels

    This is a video work created to save the freshwater eel from extinction.

    冬の虹蜺 The Sigh of Eels TAKIDO Dorita 滝戸ドリタ


    冬の虹蜺 The Sigh of Eels TAKIDO Dorita 滝戸ドリタ

    冬の虹蜺 The Sigh of Eels TAKIDO Dorita 滝戸ドリタ
    In Japan, there is a food culture of eating freshwater eels. From around 300 years ago, there is a dish called “Unajyu”- a box of rice topped with soft and plump “Kabayaki”, a freshwater eel grilled fragrant and juicy with sweet-salty sauce. This dish is deliciously flavorful and is said to give energy to the body. Many Japanese tend to eat this dish on a specific day in the summer when they lose energy due to heat, or on special occasions.

    It has been several years since freshwater eels were listed as endangered. This situation was caused by overfishing. There are many cases when living things become extinct due to natural forces beyond human control, but not in the case of freshwater eels. It is possible to protect the sustainability of our food culture and the lives of living things by proper legal development, using technology appropriately, and improving the environment, including the law.

    Freshwater eels live in areas with high water quality and multiple aquatic organisms. Since Japan is a country prone to natural disasters, the environment for freshwater eels to migrate upstream and live in is being lost due to well weirs and other structures built to prevent river flooding.

    Thinking about this freshwater eel issue will lead us to care about the issue from several points, such as

    – Ecological issues
    – River environment issues
    – Water pollution issues
    – Issues of food culture and sustainable use of biological resources
    – Issues of law improvement against poaching and illicit trade

    And make it possible for us to think about what we can do to help humanity coexist with living things, and how technology can help.

    Director,Editor : TAKIDO Dorita
    Movie Supervisor : IWAGUCHI Tetsuya
    Underwater scene Director Of Photography : IKEYA tomohide
    2nd Camera : HOSHINO Kosaku
    Technical Assistant : KAWASE Keiju(TAIL)
    Still Photographer & Assistant : TANITSU Sho
    Underwater Assistant: NAKAMURA Ayuko,HIGUCHI Ryohei
    Lighting Assistant: OHYAGI Leo,UCHIDA Chitose,OTA Tsugumi
    Underwater Model : IIJIMA Ayako
    Production : IIJIMA sayaka
    Drone : WATANABE Akio
    Costume: HATRA

    Robot Design,Development : TAKIDO Dorita
    Electronics Tutor:YOSHIDA Tomofumi(of Sheep inc.)
    Robotics technical support: NIIYAMA Ryuma
    Electronics Supervisor: SAITA Kazuki(Kinoshita laboratory)

    Music : TOKUSASHI Kengo

    Eel provided by : A Zero inc.
    Eel ear stone picking support : Ashley Rinka Smith

    Special Thanks : Shiryu Kirie

    photo by IKEYA Tomohide, TANITSU Sho

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