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

Doshi River at the Sasakune Village

The weather last week was absolutely spectacular. Low humidity, temps in the mid 70’s, and lots of sunshine. It felt like a crime to not be out and about in the mountains. So when my alarm woke me up at 4am on Friday, I was giddy with excitement. The sun was … Read More

Oshino Creek – A Japanese Fly-Fishing Mecca

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With spring quickly approaching many rivers in Japan are beginning to open for the season. Oshino (忍野村) is a quaint village a few miles from the foot of Mount Fuji. The area Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海) is a group of eight ponds that are a Japanese National Monument. However, Oshino Creek is what … Read More

Scouting the Headwater of the Yozukugawa

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I recently had heard a rumor that there was an outdoor shop that stocked hand-made Tenkara rods in Yokosuka. The only thing I knew was that it was across the street from a taco shop in the Honch, about ten minutes from my home. Obviously I had to find this place. On … Read More

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