Learn from the Bruce Lee of Tenkara
May11

Learn from the Bruce Lee of Tenkara

Masami Sakakibara (AKA Tenkara no Oni) is coming to the U.S. next month for the first ever Oni Tenkara School! In case you don’t know, Tenkara no Oni is widely regarded as the most skilled tenkara caster in the world and has a huge following in Japan. This is an unprecedented event and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from a living legend (unless you want to travel to Japan). The class will focus on both intermediate...

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New Tenkara Store!
Jun02

New Tenkara Store!

  You may have noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. It’s not because I haven’t been inspired or don’t have anything to write about. It’s because I’ve been working on a new project behind the scenes. I’d like to introduce you to The Tenkara Shop, my new online tenkara gear store! I’ll be the first to admit that the tenkaraverse probably needs another online retailer like a...

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Interview with Go Ishi
Jul25

Interview with Go Ishi

You may not have heard of Go Ishi, but you owe him a “thank you”.  He is a Japanese tenkara angler who has quietly been the “invisible hand” opening up a great body of tenkara knowledge to the English-speaking world. Ishi-san translated the English language version of Tenkara no Oni’s Tenkara World website, as well as my interview with Tenkara no Oni, and other tenkara resources.  Without his hard work,...

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Oni Tenkara Rod – Initial Review
Mar23

Oni Tenkara Rod – Initial Review

After several months of patiently waiting, my Oni tenkara rod has finally arrived!  For those of you who don’t know what an “Oni” rod is, it’s the rod designed and used by Masami Sakakibara (a.k.a. “Tenkara no Oni”), who is widely considered to be the best tenkara caster in the world.  He is notorious for being able to cast a very light level line (eg. a #1.5 or #2) in extremely long lengths with...

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Interview with Tenkara no Oni
Oct22

Interview with Tenkara no Oni

I was ecstatic when Masami Sakakibara (AKA, “Tenkara no Oni”) recently agreed to do an interview with me.  Tenkara no Oni is not only a tenkara master but is known for his amazing casting style which is often referred to as “magical”.  He recently put up an English language website called Masami Sakakibara’s World of Tenkara which is an amazing resource filled with articles, blog posts, interviews, and...

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Have a Tenkara Question? Ask a Tenkara Master
Oct09

Have a Tenkara Question? Ask a Tenkara Master

I recently posted about Masami Sakakibara’s (AKA Tenkara no Oni) new English-language website and how it opened up a world of information to the western world.  Well now, I’m pleased to announce that Sakakibara-sensei has agreed to do an interview with me!  My first reaction was to send over a list of my own questions and just post his responses.  But then, I thought it might be more beneficial to the western tenkara...

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