Sawanobori (Stream Climbing) Shoes

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Genryū (源流) is translated as a “river source, headstream, or headwaters”. It is in the genryū of Japan that I prefer to fish with my Tenkara rod. There are several reasons for this preference but my main reason is that I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to … Read More

Sansai Mountain Vegetables

A few months back Tenkara Fisher published this great interview with Kazuya Shimoda. Kazuya talked a lot about headwaters Tenkara deep within the mountains of Japan. Kazuya said “it [was] necessary to have stream side lifestyle skills… such as knowledge of Sansai mountain vegetables, mushroom gathering, and fire making skills” if you want … Read More

Fujinogawa 藤ノ川

Deep in the mountains of the Tanzawa Oyama Quasi-National Park surrounded by tall mountains shrouded in Japanese cedar, Hinoki cypress, Japanese mountain maple, and Japanese beech is a network of mountain streams. These streams terminate in the majestic Miyagase Lake, which interestingly enough is a man-made lake that took nearly three decades to … Read More

Japanese Kei Cars

When people drool over a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) car they typically direct their attention towards a svelte Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 or maybe a perky Honda Civic Type R EK9. Unfortunately, these vehicles aren’t allowed in the US due to draconian emissions standards or frivolous safety precautions. This only serves to make them … Read More

Yamabirugawa

I have numerous things on my “to-do” list while living in Japan. For example, I’ve skied Japan’s famous powder and I’ve gotten lost in Tokyo. But there are several more “to-do’s” that I haven’t accomplished yet. Climbing Mount Fuji and skiing from the summit for example. The other day I ticked another … Read More

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