Goldfish scooping competition in Nara
NHK -- Aug 20
About 2,000 people including children are testing their skills at scooping up goldfish in an annual event in Nara prefecture, western Japan.

The city of Yamato-koriyama is a major goldfish farming region in the country with annual shipments of 57 million fish.

The event began in 1995. Participants compete to see how many goldfish they can scoop up in 3 minutes.

The participants on Sunday took part in individual and team categories, using a water tank containing 1,000 goldfish.

A woman from Osaka said she enjoys the event since all of her family members can participate, and she aims to reach the final.

News source: NHK
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