Kishu Herazao

Kishu Herazao are fishing rods for catching crucian carp created by master rod craftsmen.
The production method was established in Osaka in the 1880s, and afterwards production was moved closer to the production area of the raw material used, sasamorpha borealis bamboo, and it became established there in Hashimoto City, Wakayama where it continues to the present day. In the 1920s and 30s, Japan experienced a crucian carp fishing boom, and herazao fishing rods became established, and they remain loved by fishermen today.


Three to five lengths of bamboo each approximately 90 cm long are connected together using the namitsugi technique, where progressively smaller pieces are inserted into the end of the previous one.
The end of the rod tapers to a point, and the handle is fat like a grip, making a well-balanced, attractive rod.

How to make

The steps for making a Kishu Herazao rod are as follows.
1. Drying the raw bamboo
2. Selecting the pieces
3. Firing
4. Removing the insides
5. Carving
6. Winding silk threads
7. Applying lacquer
8. Fitting the pieces together
9. Grip
10. Carving the tip
11. Applying lacquer to the body (wiping the body)
12. Finishing

There are 12 main steps. Each step is done by hand, and normally this entire process is completed by a single craftsman.