2019 年 59 巻 3 号 p. 138-145
Salmon is one of the most familiar fish in Japan. Although the public has historically been prohibited to catch salmon by various social systems or laws, local society have had considerable cultural connection with salmon. We discuss about the social function of salmon in the Sanriku area revisiting some historical records on marketing or distribution of salmon in this paper. Salmon have a rarity with high cultural and social values long time in the Sanriku area and were used for gifts in various forms between various geographic scales from neighborhood to distant areas. Distribution of salmon is one of the factors constituting the cultural and social function in Sanriku area.