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  • 2x Japanese Vintage Sakurai & Co. "Mermaid" Split Cane Fishing Rods, Box, Tackle 1
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An avid angler in his boyhood, Shintarou Sakurai was just 12 years old when he became fascinated by the history and manufacture of the traditional split cane fishing rods known in Japan as Wa-zao. The very best Wa-zao were made by Master Saoji; young Shintarou, being an ambitious lad, decided that he would attempt to replicate one of the Master's rods.

He must have done a pretty good job of it because, in 1888, he was able to open a shop next to the Edo-gawa (Edo river) in the Kantō region, where he sold both the tackle he manufactured and acted as an agent for Master Saoji. Kantō is known throughout Japan for the excellent quality of the bamboo that grows there - exceptionally fine and strong, it's highly suited to a variety of purposes especially when it needs to be both strong and light; Sakurai made sure he used only the very best and, before too long, his rods were reputed to be as good as those made by Saoji.

After the Second World War American servicemen waiting to be shipped home bought fishing rods and started exploring Japan's rivers, and they very soon discovered how good Sakurai's rods were, too, so they took them home with them. Impressed by the rods' quality, durability and responsiveness, other anglers asked where they could buy them - and so Sakurai began exporting, growing into an international angling business empire which is still in operation today.

There are two rods here, one an extremely nice 6-foot (182cm) bait caster and the other a more worn combination rod which, four sections, can be set up as either a 5½-foot Western-style fly rod or a 7⅔-foot spinning rod. Both are split cane, in the traditional hexagonal shape; the bait rod has a carved wooden handle, the combination rod has a cork handle. Both have Sakurai's mermaid logo transfer and their yellow and black binding.

One of them (we can't be sure which, but my guess is it's the combination rod) retains its original wooden box, though this is in very poor condition - however, there's enough there to be easily restored, and it contains the assortment of vintage tackle seen in the photos. Please note also that the combination rod has lost some of its varnish, and one of the two tip sections is splintered (this too can be repaired); the metalwork is tarnished in both cases, but all firmly attached to the bamboo. We have taken this damage into account when setting a very low starting price.

Due to the nature of this item it is not always possible for us to identify any missing parts.
For this reason we ask that you please check the pictures carefully, as these show everything that is included.

This item has been very kindly donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

100% of the money raised from this sale will go to the charity.

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About Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

Around 4,000 patients are cared for each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by the Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, patients can access: patient and family support; lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team. Programmes are practical, holistic and tailored to the individual patient, family member or carer and may also include rehabilitative support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Contracted services from the NHS are budgeted at £6.98 million, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. The Charity is extremely grateful to the local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting towards meeting this target.