Lacquering, and others

Lacquered the wrapped parts of the tanago rod with red, then ground away small patches of it to create the traditional lacquer pattern known as negoro.  Real urushi lacquer (as opposed to cashew-based or synthetic varnishes) becomes brighter with time and the red colour will come out a lot richer and fuller in two or three years’ time.  The rod in this state is still incomplete and wants a few more finishing layers to get up a nice deep sheen, especially on the black parts.

Catch and release fly fishing means finding other foods for the evening meal.  The shop in the station nearest the stream sells a number of local specialties, including packaged heat-and-eat wild boar curry…

…and “long-life” udon noodles, quite long indeed:

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