Tenkara Tuesday - October Tenkara Grab BagWelcome to Tenkara Tuesday...
Just going to take a quick run around tenkaradom...some things that have caught my eye in recent days. Some may be new, some not, but all worth mentioning, at least in my opinion.
Kickstarter - Tenkara Rod Co.
After a ridiculously successful $90K Kickstarter campaign that launched their company 2 years ago, things have been relatively quiet on the crowdfunding front from the Tenkara Rod Co., at least until now.
With a new campaign to introduce two "Mini" tenkara rod models that was funded within two days, it's clear these guys have figured out this whole pre-sell model. As a matter of fact, at the time of writing this, they're over $70K raised (the goal was "only" $12K) and there are still 30 days to go.
Whether or not you actually see the need for a tiny "Nissin Pocket Mini-esque" rod, that's pretty astounding. Remarkable actually, congrats to them!
Wholesale Zoom Rod
Does all of that success by the Tenkara Rod Co. create the desire to become your own tenkara rod dealer? Well, first off, good luck. Second off, you need to know where to find rods, right?
While I in no way vouch for this manufacturer, I recently started receiving a lot of emails from BTI-Sports (Yangzhou Guotai Co.) offering private label rods of all sorts, graphite, fiberglass, bamboo, you name it, including this interesting tenkara zoom model.
You want to place an order for 100 units of these bad boys? They'll run you $33 a piece, plus shipping and all of that fun international stuff. Bam...instant tenkara business....or a bunch of rods collecting dust in your basement.
Tenkara Calendar Embed
So that Tenkara Calendar website I set up a few weeks ago seems to be picking up steam. People are submitting events, there seems to be a fair amount of traffic to the main URL, and it seems to work relatively smoothly.
With that said, I've added a section to the Tenkara Calendar website that allows you to copy (& paste) the calendar widget's HTML embed code wherever you'd like to put it...making it sort of an open source calendar that can live pretty much anywhere. For example, I added it to the bottom of the "Tenkara" tab of this website.
While I don't expect everyone to run out and add it to their respective websites, I'm just letting you know you can if you so choose. I figure the more places it eventually lives, the more likely people will continue to add events to it, and the more useful it becomes to everyone...so enjoy.
Tenkara Is For...
Daily affirmation courtesy East Rosebud Fly & Tackle.
Instead of Hello Kitty, which is so 2010, they could have at least utilized pictures of unicorns, panda bears, and rainbows, because at least those rumors about tenkara are true. Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth...no wonder fly shops are losing to e-commerce. Pass the PBR bro.
Latest Installment of "Genryu Fishing"
Attempting to class up this blog entry in closing, Keiichi Okushi recently posted the 23rd installment in the "Genryu Fishing of Japan" thread over at the Tenkara-Fisher Forum. (Note: I think you need to join the forum to see the pictures)
I know, I know, forums (much like blogs) are a dying, if not dead format...I get it, but if you haven't taken in any of these genryu chronicles yet, and are into fishing, camping, friends, and nature, you're really missing out. There are actually 18 pages of posts that should you choose to start at the beginning, you'll easily spend quite a bit of time consuming.
Believe me when I tell you, you don't need to be a Japanophile to make them well worth the read!