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A tribute to Yukihiro Yoshimura - tenkara net maker

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:03 pm

Last year I was fortunate to spend a couple of days with renowned tenkara net maker Yukihiro Yoshimura, owner of Mankyu. I was heartbroken when I learned of his passing this year, as I had hoped to spend more time with him.
Yesterday I spent the day creating a video in his memory. It's pretty short, and I wish I had more footage of him. As far as I know it is the only footage of him making the nets and I hope it serves as a tribute to him:
http://www.tenkarausa.com/blog/?p=3763
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Re: A tribute to Yukihiro Yoshimura - tenkara net maker

Postby GregM » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:10 pm

Very nice Daniel.
Thank you.

Mr. Yoshimura may not be a national treasure, but his craftsmanship puts him right up there.
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Re: A tribute to Yukihiro Yoshimura - tenkara net maker

Postby GregM » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:06 am

Daniel,
Is there a link for Mr. Yoshimura's store, or a sight that features his tamos?

I've searched, but in this case google isn't helping

Thanks.
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Re: A tribute to Yukihiro Yoshimura - tenkara net maker

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:30 pm

Greg, not that I'm aware of. I have his business card and was hoping to find a site that I could link to, but couldn't find any either.
Unfortunately it also looks like the lineage of the business will stop with him (at least will leave the family). It seems like his daughter is selling the business. It's possible the employees there will buy it, but I have no idea what will happen.
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Re: A tribute to Yukihiro Yoshimura - tenkara net maker

Postby Eddie » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:38 pm

The site of his company "Mankyu" is
http://mankyu.okoshi-yasu.com/tinpin.html

In addition, you can find other sites dealing with his nets if you Google by "万久” (mankyu)" and ”網” (net).
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Re: A tribute to Yukihiro Yoshimura - tenkara net maker

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:40 pm

Eddie, Thank you!
I had seen that before but forgot about it and didnt have it notated or bookmarked.
Thank you.
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Re: A tribute to Yukihiro Yoshimura - tenkara net maker

Postby Softouch333 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:04 am

Daniel,
A priceless video and a fitting tribute. Thank you for archiving this legacy.
Kevin


PS: Is Mr. Yoshimura's daughter playing a Recorder or is this an instrument specific to the Japanese culture? The tones have haunting simplicity while mirroring the wabi sabi of tamo crafting.
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Re: A tribute to Yukihiro Yoshimura - tenkara net maker

Postby adventureR » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:24 am

Figured I'd throw my two nets on this post ;) . The Tamo is a great addition to fishing and my wife and me feel connected in a way to all those who have made or use the handmade natural looking nets. They seem to add in a nice way to ones fishing experience. An honor to have made these, I always enjoy seeing the Japanese nets, hopefully more US anglers will give the craft a try. A very rewarding tool for catch and release.

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