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Iwana Spawn Watching Event Report: Itoshiro River Day 2

Posted on | December 4, 2012

The second night we all stayed together at a lodge and

enjoyed “sukiyaki” with Hida beef.

Hida is a mountainous region close to Itoshiro and also known

for their tender and exquisite fat marbled beef much

like the Kobe beef.

It is cooked in broth made with soy sauce, sugar and sake,

the Japanese rice wine.


How it is cooked though is different in eastern Japan and west.

In eastern Japan, sugar is put directly on top of beef in the deep pan,

and the soy sauce/sake poured in after.

In Western Japan the meat is cooked in readily blended sauce.

I personally don’t see the difference, but us Japanese like

to  follow the traditions.


After diner was a lucky draw raffle event!

Everyone chanted “rods, rods,” but the prized were hats,

stickers and local rice…



The next morning Ishigaki sensei took off with Mr. Kimura.

As soon as they departed… guess what, the sun came out.


2 Responses to “Iwana Spawn Watching Event Report: Itoshiro River Day 2”

  1. Jeremy aka adventureR
    December 5th, 2012 @ 5:38 AM

    Very nice to see the pictures and share in the spirt of your gathering. The food and friends in the scenic places all make for good feelings. I think visiting the Fish during the spawn and not fishing but instead observing is a very nice tradition.
    Thank you for sharing the event.

  2. tenkara_Editor
    December 6th, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

    Thank you for your comment. We believe in connecting with people and sharing information as much as possible and this event in Itoshiro was just another occasion that allowed us to do so. Events like this give us an opportunity to watch together where fish like to hang out, how they feed, talk about how one should approach them, how to present a kebari, and such. I’d highly recommend watching the spawning to anyone serious about stream fishing because it really does improve how one would fish. Once you understand how fish behave, it gets much easier to figure out the “how”.
    We look forward to hearing from you again Jeremy.
    Happy Tenkara Fishing!

    Masami Sakakibara & Team Oni

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