Legend of Tenkara-kebari


The legend explained about “kebari” so far
・・・It is said that it is a thing that evolved independently in a place inconvenient for traffic

It is a very insufficient explanation

“Matagi” existed from ancient times as a traditional person of mountain culture

It is a rare existence at that time

They traveled around Japan throughout the country as a hunting group
and Immigration and marriage in various places of the mountain village

They worked as a tradition of mountain culture

The important thing in this respect
Mountain-Culture was handed down directly from the countryside in Japan to the countryside

It is a culture that never tells people in the city

The reason is recognizing that it is urban people to destroy mountains and fields
· · · That consciousness is still continuing

This is a factor of insufficient explanation of “tenkara-kebari” and
It is the reason why it is not transmitted correctly even now

The countryside also absorbed the culture of the city

“蚊頭針=kagasira-hari” also devised and developed against the target fish by its own interpretation

Individual wisdom and experience from the countryside to countryside
It was accumulated simultaneously with the tradition of mountain culture

Japan’s literacy rate in the 1860’s is 99%
There is no time to write a book in rural areas of the countryside, life is busy thing
Because everything had to be created with our own hands

They conveyed the tradition of group by oral tradition and that was enough

Because they could not coexist with nature unless they lived in a group

In every country the urban and rural culture structures are complex

The technology and culture that coexists with nature is the same in every country
that the countryside is better


Thank you for helping us understand your culture and the history behind tenkara and kebari. This is very fascinating.



Do you understand the connection between Tengara and Tenkara? テンガラとテンカラ?
Or is there no actual relationship ? Only similar sounding names?

Tengara seems to use to a 掛毛鉤 ( kake kebari ).
Which seems to not be a fishing fly. But is instead a treble hook with a tall conical weight in the middle.
掛毛鉤 translates as - Hanging kebari, but maybe that is an inaccurate translation.

I only know that - Kake ( 掛 ) appears to be part of the phrase, shikake, 仕掛け.
As in tenkara shikake. テンカラ仕掛け.
Meaning more or less the same as tenkara tackle. テンカラタックル .

Also is a Kaga Tenkara pole, [ 加賀テンカラ竿 ] an old type of tenkara pole?
A specific design?
Or just a tenkara pole made in the Kaga area?
Which, is also called Kanazawa area.

[ I find the Kanazawa name interesting. I live 30 miles from the Kanawha Valley, Similar sounding names. I have read that - the word Kanawha - was a Shanee Indian or Algonquian word that means - beautiful valley. But I do not know if that is true.]

What is 從毛鉤? [ 從毛鉤って何ですか?]
It translates as either Obey kebari or Follower kebari.

Google does not know the 從 kanji .
Wikipedia says that 從 is related to the 从 kanji.
Again 从 is not recognized by google translation. It seems to mean 2 people. 二人.
Leading me to think. A kake kebari ( 掛毛鉤 ) is 1 of 2 kebari. A pair of kebari used together.
And is the dropper kebari in a 2 kebari fishing rig. 2毛鉤 仕掛け / 2毛鉤 タックル。

As in this nymphing set up.
テンカラ伝承はありません。There is no tenkara tradition, I think.


Kanji reference, for those interested:





Ah, I found this webpage. Maybe the Kaga tenkara pole will be a tenkara-legend for its price. Between $800 ~ $1000. ( 80,000 ~ 100,00 yen) Yikes. otoh, maybe that price is an incorrect translation of 8万~10万円を. But I think 万 (man) means 10,000.
If not for being an old type of tenkara rod. Dated Feb. 2017.

Kaga Tenkara Designed/invented
Fishing with traditional rod and kaga kebari.
Kaga tenkara designed fishing wth traditional pole & kaga kebari

加賀毛針 [ kaga kebari ] (kaga kebari, = Ayu type)

tengara & tenkara is the name of the region

tengara is Akita · Aomori etc.

tenkara is toyama・isikawa (kaga)

tengara = tenkara・・・掛け仕掛 = The original source is sea fishing method



My idea

Fishing tool in the Akita area

Similar to nymphing
kebari + hook only(空鈎仕掛=karabari-sikake)・・・掛け針

Hook + Hackle only
There is also a fishing tool as well
For bait fishing

「加賀テンカラ」と名付けた・・・Meaning " nick-name of this product."
Luxurious rod based on traditional ayu rod

This is Chinese 從 & 从

There is a group that lives together in the tradition・・・There is oral tradition

There is not in the city from the countryside・・・・・・no tenkara tradition

My blog introduces ambiguous or unspecified details in fishing magazines

This explanation is the same amount of story as one book

The origin of kebari(毛鉤 )has kabari(蚊針・蚊頭針・ハス毛鉤)
It is thought that it evolved with the target fish
I am introducing it


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Thank you. Lots of interesting information.
A lot of information in the two blog post too.
But difficult to completely understand because the whole page digital translation into English is not very good.
Line by line translation is better, but tedious to do. And some kanji just do not have an equivalent English translation.
Wonderful art too. I do not recall seeing them before.

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I completely agree with you. It’s really amazing info. I too found it interesting that translating one or two lines at a time made more sense than the whole page.

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古代テンカラ Ancient or Old Time Tenkara

テンカラ道, Tenkara Way/Path parent page for above link

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