So I planned for later, June of 2013.
One of the hardest things to do before I left was to leave my little box of comfortable western flys that I had worked so well for me, a little box of confidence.
I conversed with Daniel Galhardo about it, he told me, "Leave them at home, use your tenkara flys."
And that is exactly what I did.
I fished primarily one pattern in many different mountains of Japan. I fished the area around Re-Rise lodge in the Japanese Alps, Goyakayma and we visited Itoshiro where we fished with Masami Sakakibara and many other places.
We used this little book, an old tenkara/keiryu guide book by Soseki Yamamoto.
After a week north, we visited Satoshi's home in Mie prefecture way south of Tokyo. I wanted to visit the area of the Ninja so we took many trains to Iga where the original Ninja Village is. I went back to Tokyo and visited with the Sakura family and introduced Masayuki Sakurai to Masaki Wakaba.
We went on to Wakaba-san's "Yellow House" near Mt.Fuji where we fished Momosawa and Tanzawa. Back to Tokyo for a couple of days and flew home.
Satoshi wrote a story about our trip, "American Tenkara Fisher, Japanese Fly Fisher"
Japanese Fishing License