Izu Peninsula – Amago Country

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Since becoming a father my Tenkara adventures have tapered off a little. This doesn’t mean that my passion for the sport has abated though. I just spend more time than before pouring over maps, reading books and blogs about Tenkara, and of course studying my growing collection of Keiryu (渓流) and … Read More

Norikura Kogen – Mt. Kengamine

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Norikura Kogen sits high above the city of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. The Norikura (乗鞍岳) mountain group is comprised of 20+ peaks, the highest of which is Kengamine (剣ヶ峰) at 3026m. The area is actually an old volcano and is located relatively close to Mount Ontake, which erupted on September 27, 2014 … Read More

Winter Tenkara

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Every February I start getting excited, and begin eagerly making plans for the March 1st opening day of Keiryu (mountain stream) fishing season. This year I wanted to get out on opening day but due to a nasty cold my trip was pushed back about a week. The morning of my … Read More

A Year In Review – 2016

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2016 was a great year with big trips every month of the fishing season and some phenomenal hikes, rock climbs, mountain bike rides, and of course skiing thrown in the mix too. Here are a few of the highlights. The New Year was kicked off with the incomparable Nozawa Onsen Fire … Read More

Japanese Craftsmanship

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The craftsmanship of Japanese artisans is extraordinary – a fact known to many but one that has become more apparent to me through first hand experience. Last month, Discover Tenkara featured my article about Yamano-san, and his bamboo fishing rod craftsmanship. Then a few weeks later Jason Klass at Tenkara Talk featured … Read More


posted in: Blog, Life In Japan

November is a beautiful month in Japan – the fall colors are in full swing, the days are cool the evenings are brisk, and preparations are in full swing for snow. However, the lull between Tenkara season and ski season requires that I get creative to find things to do. … Read More

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