My office is in a stream

On March 18, 2013
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This week we’re holding our first company retreat. The Tenkara USA team is mostly virtual and we don’t always get to see each other and talk in person, so I decided we should get together. TJ flew in, John hitched a ride, and our Luke arrived last night. I didn’t really develop an agenda for what we should discuss when here, all I knew is that we should go fishing. And so we have spent a big portion of our time hitting different streams nearby. And, you know what? streams work wonderfully as an office.

Three years ago I was gifted two authentic tenkara bamboo rods; I’ve had them displayed in the tenkara museum but because of their irreplaceable nature I have not taken them out. The staff encouraged me taking it out, and I’m happy I did. It’s not the most practical tool, but it was fun to try it out and officially make it a fishing rod.

We were searching for tenkara this whole weekend, may have found a portion of it by sharing a good time and watching each other fish. In fact, I think a part of what makes tenkara “from heaven” is the companionship that comes with it, and watching someone fishing and cheering when he catches a fish, is a feeling I want to feel more often.

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12 Responses to My office is in a stream

  1. Ralph says:

    I think Colorado suits you much better than the City by the Bay. Did your guides ice up?

  2. Brian Ueno says:

    Staff meetings on the streams! Holy smokes….better corporate perks than Google and Pixar – please notify me of any job postings at Tenkara USA! Working for fishing time…..BTW: Enjoyed your presentation at the Pleasanton FFF event, got me an AYU that day and loving it.

  3. mike says:

    beyond a heartfelt, “rad!” all i can say is, “where do i sign up?”

  4. What an “office”…I may need to find a new job…

  5. Adam says:

    Nice that you guys can get together and talk shop as you should.

  6. Dale H. says:

    My stinking office is a factory. Hopefully it will change soon. You guys sure are lucky!


  7. David says:

    geez, that last picture looks like that fishing hole the Japanese folks were fishing in that 18 minute video posted last February. You guy sneak off to Japan?

  8. John Laudenslager says:

    Having read the In Search Of Tenkara article and watched videos one through three, I want to thank Daniel for introducing me and us to Tenkara. His ad in a magazine three years ago led to the Iwana I still use, and maybe he didn’t have to do more for me. But whenever I watch one of his videos or read one of his forum comments I feel he has done more.

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