End of the Tenkara Season – Part I

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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

Tanzawa Mountains

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The Tanzawa Mountains in Japan are a blessing and here’s why. Tokyo is the largest city in the world in terms of population. This summer was a record breaker for heat in Japan, with temperatures reaching 100˚F (that may not seem so bad but when you factor in 80%+ humidity … Read More

Oze National Park

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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

Sansai Mountain Vegetables

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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

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