Finishing My Bamboo Tenkara Rod (and Some Phenomenal Skiing)

A few weeks ago I wrote a guest article for Discover Tenkara about the bamboo rod Go Ishii and I have been making under the supervision of Yamano-san. If you missed the article you can check it out here. Well this past week I travelled back up to Kawaguchi with … Read More

Yūgen

The Japanese word 幽玄 (pronounced Yūgen), loosely translated means “subtle and profound” but is used in a sentence to express the sudden “awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses that are too mysterious and deep for words.” It is a beautiful word and perfectly describes the four days I spent last … Read More

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is one of the larger ski resorts in Japan, but it hasn’t succumbed to modernization like Naeba (another big snow resort destination in Japan). The village of Nozawa Onsen dates back to the 8th century and is famous for its natural onsens aka hot springs, it was also the location for … Read More