FIRST Notice: Our New YouTube Tenkara Journalism Project
13 CommentsFriday, 30 September 2016 | Paul G
Just like the hidden interior of the beautiful Japanese forest shrine in the thumbnail for this post...I think you will like what you see when you get a look inside our new project (I can reveal this publicly for the first time below). It has already begun to grow from our experiences in Japan, Italy and our own back-yard streams. It has already taken over our lives - so it is time to start sharing with you.
We are nervous and thrilled in equal amounts. We know that, by reporting authentically and accurately from Japan we cannot avoid drawing criticism. We know that we will be challenged, we know that what we've found already is amazing, we know it is valuable, we know that we'll hear it is "too effective", we know we'll be told "it won't work on my streams", we know...we know...
So this blog post is the very first public notification that we will soon be launching a regular YouTube "News, Tips, Interviews and Tuition" video broadcast for the world of tenkara. The content and stories will NOT be restricted to only our own brand or business; we are dedicated to showcasing the best of all activity, participation and ventures in global tenkara. A major function will be to progressively fill the significant knowledge and information gaps outside Japan on the techniques and culture of tenkara (including our own knowledge gaps). But just from what we've seen, learned and practised ourselves already, we know you are in for a staggering treat.
There is every chance that, as nosey foreigners, we could accidentally offend members of the Japanese tenkara community. We may be unaware of historic philosophical conflicts. We could put our big "gaijin" feet in it from time to time. So, for that, we will apologise in advance and promise, once more, to try our absolute hardest to report accurately and sensitively.
Maybe this is probably a good time to say that, in Japan, there seems to be a general calmness across the tenkara community> They are relaxed and confident in the identity of their chosen activities. I think that, just like teenagers the world over, it takes some time for that confidence and sense of identity to emerge. During the time spent searching for true identity, it is quite normal to lash out, push back and seek to over-step the boundaries.
But I promised to start to give out some details of our project...What would you be interested to know?
The name perhaps?
That's an easy one....
"Tenkara in Focus"
Look out for the first episode and for more details coming soon,
Paul, John & Dean