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Octopus ocellatus trap pots called ‘Iidako-tsubo’

UnknownSyouwa period,20th century

Seto Inland Sea Folk History Museum

Seto Inland Sea Folk History Museum
Takamatsu City, Japan

These iidako-tsubo trap pots were laid in the sea to attract octopus. Octopi mistake the holes in the pots for crevices, which is where they make their dens. This clever method utilizes the natural instinct of the octopus.
Selected as a National Significant Tangible Folk Culture Asset.

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