Tenkara is about the technique not the gear. Yet, when it comes to trip preparation, it is all about the gear! As a tenkara angler there are a number of considerations we must make during trip preparation.
Tenkara is not a Zen Buddhist practice even though it has attributes that could be correlated to the practice of Zen. One lesson I find any tenkara angler will find useful is focusing on the tenkara process before tenkara product.
Every tenkara angler I know has a go-to gear list for every trip. Some gear lists are simplicity perfected, while others resemble long range expeditionary assaults. Today’s gear list will likely look like simplicity perfected.