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Herabuna again

Another morning of herabuna fishing.  This time I experimented with a few different setups but just as I was coming to the end of my three hour slot, I snagged two hera in one cast twice in rapid succession.  This is called ren or renko in Japanese, and although I’ve seen others do it maybe twice or thrice in my year or so of hera fishing, it is much rarer than you would expect (seeing as all hera tackle is two-hooked).  Well I have never caught a double myself, so to do so twice in two casts was quite pleasantly surprising.  The first pair especially put up a very game struggle, requiring a couple of minutes of fighting (as opposed to ten or twenty seconds to land, as is usual for single hooked hera) and now at home my bamboo hera rod is slightly bent out of shape.

The first double-header:


And the second:


None of the fish is foul-hooked!

On my way back I had lunch at a restaurant that claimed to be Sichuan (Japanese always insist on calling it Shisen, after the Japanese way of reading 四川).  I had dan dan mian (tantan-men).


It was okay, but despite the fiery red colour promising much entertainment in the chilli department, turned out rather mild.  However, I was hungry and the noodles were a very pleasant way to end a pleasant morning’s fishing.


Sichuan Cooking

One of my expat friends introduced me to a fantastic Sichuan Chinese restaurant here in Tokyo, but sadly it is quite a way from my place.  So there was no alternative but to cook it myself.  Being utterly addicted to chillies and hot cooking, it is quite an acceptable addition to my pantry.  I imposed upon one of my Chinese colleagues to buy me some spices – like the indispensable Sichuan pepper – when she was visited home, and found a Chinese store here that stocks most of the essentials like ‘Facing-Heaven Chillies’.  Whilst I have been experimenting with classics like mapo tofu and dan dan mien, tonight I made a cold dish called ma la ji pian, which is simple to put together and suitably stimulating.

mala chicken