It's too darn hot to fish. 96 degrees here today. Still about 91 degrees at 8p.m. A little time under the ceiling fan playing on the internet seemed like the better option.
I discovered an interesting essay titled 'A Study of Tenkara Aesthetics". I suppose aesthetics could be defined as a sense of taste for what is considered beautiful or elegant.
The essay may be too much of an encouragement for folks who want to make to much of a Zen thing of Tenkara. But it's fun to try to understand the essay. Telling of how the Tenkara tradition was at one time fading away. Now this one time work of the fisherman has been revived and has new interest. Wherein it is described as a method of fishing that is fine and delicate yet bold. Why tenkara fish? For a sense of life and unity with nature.
It is written in Japanese and translated by google which always gets some words totally wrong and the placement of the words are the wrong way round in the sentence for us English language speakers . I suspect that the words translated as apology and rust are completely incorrect. The rust term, I think, is really referring to tea. Or rather well made tea. As in the tea ceremony. Other terms I have no clue what they mean. Though the poor translation requires a lot of reading between the lines to try and understand even half of the meaning its still a kind of fun essay to try to understand. Maybe the most fun was trying to understand the meaning of Wabi Sabi. Terms used throughout the essay. The videos trying to explain the concept of Wabi Sabu are perhaps more fun that the essay itself. It is said one has to live in Japan for 30 years to understand Wabi Sabi.
A tea ceremony house is said to be wabi sabi. Wabi - class with quiet and cleanliness. Sabi - old fashioned elegance.
Would you say Tenkara is Wabi Sabi too ?
A short 1:43 video explaining Wabi Sabi. Read the text below the videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHikSWYTuMg&feature=related
A ten minute video explaining Iki and Wabi Sabi. Some beautiful Japanese gardens and other scenery.
"What is Wabi Sabi"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysevNSJJcEc
The essay itself, http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ikufuan.com%2Ftenkara%2Fbunko16.htm
Even if the meaning of the essay is mostly not understandable maybe the videos were fun. A little peak at trying to understand Japanese culture. And the essayist attempt to link Tenkara fishing to the Tea Ceremony and Wabi Sabi.