Blue and White Flycatcher オオルリ

The mountains of Japan are a natural aviary, the perfect rest stop for migratory birds. The オオルリ(Oruri) also known as the Blue and White Flycatcher, is one of those migratory birds that makes the mountains of Japan its summer home. Due to the harsh winter climate in Japan they fly south to the Philippines … Read More

Susuki

The Silver Grass Autumn Flower Every year in late August the head high grass called susuki (すすき) blooms en-mass. The soft gold grass “flowers” are quite beautiful despite their lackluster coloring. It is always a little sad to see the susuki blooming though as it signals the rapidly approaching end to … Read More

Sugegasa

On the way home from my recent fishing trip in Nagano, my buddy and I stopped in at a locally made goods shop. I was looking for one thing in particular, a sugegasa (菅笠) – also known as a conical bamboo hat. Well lucky for me they had a bunch … Read More

Torikabuto – A Story of a Remote River Valley in Nagano Prefecture

Ever since the release of the video Fishing Café “Tenkara with Hisao Ishigaki” this April, it has become quite popular within the Tenkara community. I enjoyed the video immensely and after watching it, I wanted to experience the world of Shokuryosha firsthand. So after a bit of sleuthing I found the minshuku (民宿) … Read More

Pondering the Shokuryoshi

When dinosaurs roamed the planet, and long before the Shokuryoshi (discussed in detail later) entered the scene, the Izu Peninsula of Japan was just a tiny collection of small volcanic islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Then these islands began moving north on the Philippine Sea Plate and eventually collided with Honshu, the … Read More

Minakami – Headwaters of the Tone River

The mountain town of Minakami (みなかみ町) is located in the northern edge of Gunma Prefecture. It is also the headwaters for the Tone River and the home of Tanigawa-dake (aka The Mountain of Death) and is also the gateway to Oze National Park. So when my friend Hama asked me to … Read More

Nihon Kawanezumi

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Tenkara Fly Fishing, Off Piste Skiing, and Nihon Kawanezumi This week started out with one last ski tour before the end of the ’15/’16 season. I went to Norikura Kogen, which is a 3026 meter tall mountain in the Northern Japanese Alps. This week was Golden Week – the most popular holiday in Japan. Consequently, … Read More

Mount Amagi & Amago

Day 2 – Mount Amagi … Continued from Day 1 (Click Here if you missed it) In the morning the storm had cleared and it was bright and sunny. I eagerly hit the road, stopping quickly at a convenience store to buy breakfast and lunch. My destination was the Amagi … Read More

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