Overlanding & Tenkara

Overlanding: “Self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning … Read More

Tokyo Fish Market

The Tokyo Fish Market is a must see destination for anyone visiting Tokyo. It is located in the special ward of Chuo, and is also known as the Tsukiji Market. Once you enter into the labyrinth of alleys, tunnels, and throngs of people that make up the Tsukiji Market you are greeted … Read More

Ogawayama – A Rock Climber’s Paradise

Deep in the mountains on the Nagano-Yamaniashi prefectural borders lies a paradise that must be seen to be believed. The mountains are tall and covered in as many rock faces as trees. In the autumn the mountains break forth in the most glorious display of fall colors. The mountain is cleaved … Read More

The Sagamigawa

Last week I came across an interesting article in my Twitter feed from the good folks at Hatch Magazine. Tenkara casting in the wind: https://t.co/[email protected]@[email protected]#tenkara#flyfishingpic.twitter.com/LicthCLQvP — Hatch Magazine (@hatchflymag) October 8, 2015 The article, which was written by Constantin Huet, starts off praising the merits of Tenkara and how the sport … Read More

Climbing The Mountain Of Death

On the edge of Gunma and Niigata Prefecture lies an area that many refer to as “Little Alaska”. While there are numerous jagged mountains scraping the heavens, the king of the area is without a doubt the majestic Mount Tanigawa (Tanigawadake) but it is also known as the Mountain of Death. Tanigawadake has … Read More

End of the Tenkara Season – Part I

It was the hottest recorded summer this year in Japan, so much so that besides a brief foray into the Sierra Nevada Mountains during a visit home in June, I had forgotten what it was like to be cold. That all changed on the morning of September 30th when I … Read More

Iwana

Iwana, a beautiful and colorfully spotted char, is mostly a landlocked fish due to the multitude of dams and weirs on the Japanese mountain streams. The Iwana that aren’t landlocked and can swim to the ocean can live for up to nine years and grow over 60cm long! They thrive best … Read More

Oze National Park

Back in June I went on a spectacular tenkara fly fishing trip with my new friends Kado-san and Tetsuya. It was an amazing experience so when Kado-san suggested we do another trip, but this time to a place called Oze National Park in Gunma Prefecture, I eagerly agreed and cleared … Read More

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