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

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

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

Flick – A Unique Fishing Co-op in the Tanzawa Mountains

Flick, a fishing co-op high in a small mountain valley, which is tucked deep in the Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park, is a unique and magical place. It boasts a fairly long section of river, that besides the six weirs that fall within its boundaries, is otherwise left totally untouched. It is … Read More

Honryu – A Tale Of A Remote Japanese River Valley

According to Keiichi Okushi’s interview on Tenkara Fisher a honryu is “When two or more of the rivers are joined, the flow that forms the most fundamental”. In a way I guess all rivers are honryu when viewed in this manner; but the kanji 本流, which translates directly to “mainstream” in English, helps … Read More

Yamame – Queen of the Mountain Streams

Discovering Jimmy Spring Creek I am a little surprised that I have not yet written a Yamame post. I have written about the Amago and the Iwana but no Yamame article, until now. The Yamame is an absolutely beautiful fish and one that I have brought to hand numerous times during last years … Read More

Toshimaen Fishing Park

During the summer Toshimaen Amusement Park is a favorite spot for Tokyo’s residents to cool off. With a water park and an amusement park side by side it is kind of like Six Flags or Busch Gardens, just with not as many max adrenaline roller coaster rides. It’s a family friendly … 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

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