About 25 years ago Dr. Ishigaki made 4 tenkara videos for the WSF (Weekly Sunday Fishing) series of videos.
If you like seeing old videos made during the era of his early promotion of tenkara you will finding these video fun to watch.
They are only available on VHS used, and not easy to find. But they show up from time to time on auction sites or on Amazon. Two of them can be found at for a reasonable price, one usually high priced, and one of them I have not be able to find at all.
アマゴンスキー ( Amagonsky) aka 木村一成氏 Mr. Kazunari Kimura list the four videos on his blog with pictures of the video cover, and a brief description of their content.
Kimura-san is a photographer, and he also appears with Dr. Ishigaki on their 実釣！レベルラインテンカラ [ Real Fishing ! Level Line Tenkara] DVD.
His YouTube channel is アマゴンスキー Amagonsky .
Here is a list of the titles with my crude translation. Listed in the same order as they appear on Amagonsky’s web page from top to bottom.
“Strongest level line” Masami Sakakibara, Hisao Ishigai
This video’s content is about Tenkara no Oni’s advanced casting techniques being shown with some clever camera work. But concludes that the filming technique was unable to capture 10% of his amazing casting skill.
This one thus far has been impossible to find.
Tenkara Sensei’s Anyone Can Tenkara Introduction Hisao Ishigaki
Primarily this video is an Introduction to Tenkara. Basics such as Tenkara’s etymology and history, casting and approach to stream point, points of view and how to wrap kebari are explained in an easy-to-understand manner.
This is by far my favorite of the videos I have from this series. It’s also the most expensive to purchase if it can be found. When I found it two were available, after I ordered it the one left had increased in price by about 30%.
[Tenkara Masters 1] Featuring, Takekabu Keiyū, Katsutoshi Amano, Hisao Ishigaki
Takekabu-san’s casting of an 8m nylon level line with a 3m rod, which looks an over reaction compared to Amano-san’s like cast. Amano-san’s tactics used fishing for amago are seen, and Takekabu-san is shown tying one of his favorite kebari patterns stream side in hand.
This is probably my second favorite of the three.
You get a bit of break on this one if you’d like to watch it because it has been posted on YouTube for a couple of years. Probably in violation of copyright. I will post it below. The videos are each about one hour in length.
“Tenkara Masters 2” Featuring, Sebata Yūzō, Horie Keigu, Ishigaki Hisao
Amagonsky’s description states this video contrast the styles of these two tenkara anglers, which he believes will be confusing for people seeing tenkara for the first time. Small & large kebari, short & long lines, early and late awase are all discussed.
Note: afaik, the difference between Atari (当たり), and Awase (合わせ) is an Atari is a hit, and Awase is actually hooking the fish. Awase will frequently translate as “combined” or “matched”, but I’m still a little unsure of what they mean in Japan.
Anyway, if you would like to watch Tenkara Masters 1 - here is the link to the video on YouTube. But it was not uploaded with that title.
テンカラ [aka テンカラの達人1]