Tenkara USA is the first company to introduce tenkara outside of Japan. Founded in 2009 by Daniel W. Galhardo, Tenkara USA is a fully independent company, based in Boulder, Colorado.
Part of what makes Tenkara USA unique is their connection with Japan. Tenkara is a method of fishing that comes from Japan with a long history. They are not trying to reinvent the wheel. The folks at Tenkara USA have been fortunate to connect and be taught by the most respected anglers in Japan and have also been counting on their support in the development of the products. Daniel goes to Japan yearly and spends time fishing and sharing what he learns. That provides insights into tenkara that one could not get otherwise, and helps in the development of their product as well as the instruction they provide. They believe the easiest way to keep tenkara simple is to look at the Japanese tenkara anglers and what they have to teach.