At the invitation of traditional craftsman Nao Yamamoto, we went fishing at Lake Hyuga in Fukui Prefecture. Although it is called a lake, it is a brackish body of water located on the seaward side of the Mikata Five Lakes. The target is blue fish such as yellowtail and amberjack.
Normally, when it comes to fishing ponds, people tend to get obsessed with how much they can catch within a time limit, but Yamamoto and his group are different. Using a long rod without a reel called a Nobe-ko, they have a one-on-one battle with a big fish. There is only a thread on the tip of the rod and a needle with bait attached to the end.
The interaction with the fish is transmitted directly to your fingertips, allowing you to enjoy thrilling interactions. However, if the opponent is large, the line may be cut off, or the rod may even break.
On this day, I hooked fish four times and broke the rod I borrowed from Mr. Yamamoto three times. "It was expected that it would break. It's a used glass rod that costs a few hundred yen," he said. However, on the remaining trip, I faced quite a big fish and managed to catch a yellowtail. Rather than having fun, it's a head-on battle between doing it or being killed. However, I was able to enjoy the taste of fishing for the first time in a while.
It's not often that I get invited to go fishing by the blacksmith shop I do business with, so I'm very grateful. Mr. Yamamoto always asks us for difficult requests, such as Kaiden knives, hatchet knives, chicken knives, etc., and I hope we will continue to have a good relationship in the future. Still, my muscles hurt. . .
Mr. Yu Kurosaki, the master of Kurosaki Uchihamono, and his students Taishi Rokkamura and Daiki Mukai came to visit us.
They came all the way from Fukui, and in addition to visiting our showroom, they also spent two days in Kure City and Hiroshima City.
Our representative will attend sightseeing spots in Kure, the Yugure cruise, Hiroshima Peace Park, etc. It seems that all three of them enjoyed the gourmet food and sightseeing of Kure and Hiroshima.