On our way to the temple on January 1st, we were walking along the river and happened to see some big black birds. I was quite surprised, because they’re cormorants. I’d never seen them near our home before. Cormorants are sometimes used in Japan for fishing. What they do is catch the fish in the river, and the fishermen pull the cormorants back and have them let the fish go. The cormorants we saw were wild, and they were sitting on the power lines above us. It appeared that a couple of them were either fighting or doing some kind of courtship.