Tenkara ambassador and Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo has a piece (Japanese Dreams: “Shower Climbing” in Search of Tenkara) in the newest issue of The Flyfish Journal (vol. 3, issue 3). You can buy the issue directly from Tenkara USA (including some TUSA stickers) – or of course anywhere the magazine is normally available.
The story is very well written. It explores the history of tenkara, the re-emergence of tenkara in Japan and Daniel’s personal tenkara journey. Just as Daniel uncovered tenkara from where it was hidden (in plain site), the careful reader will discover well-crafted and subtle metaphor and imagery in Galhardo’s story. Galhardo’s unsure and potentially disastrous climb up a Japanese waterfall mirrors his personal uncertain path from a successful and secure career to tenkara evangelist and Tenkara USA founder.
I love metaphor in this passage as Daniel describes his difficult climb up the waterfall:
A small overhanging cluster of bamboo far to the left started to seem more reasonable the longer I clung immobilized by the waterfall…I grabbed a bamboo stalk and slowly shifted the weight off my feet. I placed my trust in a root system that was out of sight under a thin veneer of soil.
A very good read – plus great photography. Also plenty of other great photos and writing in the issue too.
Amago: A little photo manipulation art that I did based on one of Daniel's photos
Tenkara USA founder Daniel W. Galhardo has been in Japan visiting with various Tenkara fishers there and studying tenkara, and well…fishing. He has been updating the Tenkara USA blog with dispatches from Japan, very interesting stuff. Based on his photos, there is some beautiful mountain scenery and lovely mountain streams in Japan. I wish I was there. So to take a little Japanese excursion of the mind – go check it out.
Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA has put up a new video from his trip to Japan. The video is called: Tenkara Masters Casting and Presentation Techniques. Thanks for sharing Daniel.
Tenkara Masters – Lessons with Dr. Ishigaki and Sakakibara Masami from Tenkara USA on Vimeo.
A while back, I stumbled upon Yoshikazu Fujioka’s website Trout and Seasons of the Mountain Village. My introduction came not through fishing but through paper models. I can’t recall where it was, but I saw a post about 3D paper trout models that you could build, I thought that it would be a fun project to do with the kids (It is, but be patient, it can be tricky). These models are simply amazing. You’ll find trout of Japan and trout of the world.
Amago Paper Model from Trout and Seasons of The Mountain Village
At about the same time I became interested in Tenkara fishing, and coincidentally, Yoshikazu Fujioka, also happens to be Tenkara master, and has a wealth of Tenkara information on his site. Especially interesting, are the many regional Tenkara fly patterns that he has cataloged. Oh yeah, and he is also an accomplished artist, producing beautiful fly fishing related art. So do yourself a favor and explore Trout and Seasons of The Mountain Village.