Japan’s last living traditional falconer, Hidetoshi Matsubara, has been hunting as a professional falconer for more than 40 years.
Falconry was first introduced to Japan in the fourth century from Korea.
Professional falconers hunting animals for meat and furs were common in Japan’s northern mountains before World War II but today, the lifestyle is no longer economically viable due to decline in the rabbit population because of commercial forestry.
Until recently, Matsubara lived with his wife and son on an annual income of one million yen (RM35,500). – EPA