15 November 2007


What the heck is "ChinKaBa"?

Chinkaba is the best tasting venison soft salami you will ever eat! It is made from freshly harvested Japanese deer (Ezo-Jika) from Hokkaido, Japan and made in the traditional Russian "Kalpas" style. Special Mount Fuji Deer batches are also made. This is one of the most mild, yet flavorful soft salamis we have ever eaten. It is fully cooked during processing so you just need to slice and serve it. It has neither the "gamey" taste, or the hard texture that so many people are concerned about with wild game.

SK-2 designed our favorite way to eat Chinkaba: by placing slices of Chinkaba on a plate of fresh Camembert cheese slices, drizzling them with seasoned Italian olive oil, and dusting them with freshly cracked black pepper. We serve this at all of our parties and BBQs. Chinkaba is equally great with a bottle of red wine, or a cold beer! It is also a great topping for homemade pizza!

The name "Chinkaba" was designed by SK-1 and SK-2 using three classic Japanese characters (Kanji). The first character, 珍 , is pronounced "Chin" and means rare or unusual. The second character, 鹿, is pronounced "Ka" and is the Kanji used for deer (pronounced Shika). The third character, 椛, is pronounced "Ba" and is the Kanji used for Oak tree (pronounced Momiji) and is used to signify Deer Meat (nicknamed Momiji).
"Fuji-San No Fumoto Kara 富士山の麓から ": Original flavor straight from the foothills of Mount Fuji, Japan!

SK-1 and his hunting team have partnered with a private sausage maker in Hokkaido to produce limited quantities of this fine salami. This is available for sale in Japan via the folks at "Yama Oyaji Outfitters" only. If you are interested in trying Chinkaba, please email me at ricktrick123@hotmail.com and will coordinate an order for you.

Please stop by the house, one of our events, and try some Chinkaba with us. We am sure you will love it!


14 November 2007

Hunting Season 2007-Opening Day!

Tonight is the night before the long awaited "Opening Day" for the 2007-2008 Japan Hunting Season! Like a kid on the night before Christmas, I know I cannot go to bed anytime soon because I will not be able to sleep. I am sure I will have the same dream that I have had dozens of times before...
that Monster Buck staring at me in the distance, stomping his foot in defiance, his breath visible in the cold air as he snorts at me and then walks off. I stand, frozen. Not because of the cold, but in awe of that magnificent animal!
I am sure that I will eventually fall asleep, moments before the alarm goes off, of course. I have already laid out my clothes and gear so I can get dressed in the dark. I have also re-checked it 5 times already, a few more to go I suppose. 0530 will come quickly so I better sign off for now.
SK-1 Out!

13 November 2007

Hunting in Japan

There is hunting in Japan???

Yes there is! Quite good hunting at that! For us living in Japan, this is an incredible opportunity!

For those willing and able to go through the "Japanese System", study hard through the lectures and lessons, and pay the fees, it can be done. More about the "Japanese System" in another post.

In Japan there are excellent opportunities to hunt:

"Shika" (Japanese Sika deer, aka: Cervus nippon)
"Ezo-Jika" (Hokkaido Sika deer, aka: Cervus nippon yesoensis)
"InoShiShi" (Razor-back wild boar, aka: Sus scrofa)
"Kiji" (Green Pheasant, aka Phasianus versicolor)
"Yama-Dori" (Copper Pheasant, aka Syrmaticus soemmeringil, or Soemmering's pheasant)
"Kiji-Bato" (Rufous Turtle Dove, aka Streptopelia orientalis)
"Do-Bato" (Rock Dove, aka Columba livia, sometimes called simply "Hato")
"Kojukei (Chinese Bamboo Partridge, aka Bambusicola thoracica)
"Uzura" (Japanese Quail, aka Coturnix japonica)
"Kitsune" (Japanese Red Fox, aka Vulpes vulpes japonica)
"Tsuki-no-Waguma" (Asiatic (Crested) Black Bear, aka Ursus thibetanus japonica)
"Hi-Guma" (Hokkaido Brown Bear, aka Ursus arctos yesoenis)

I will try to post some photos of these magnificent animals, both in the wild, and after hunting.

See you in the Yama!


Welcome to the "Yabanjin Lifestyle"!

Welcome to our first attempt at a BLOG! Our hope is to create a place where you can learn about, and join in the discussion of, all things "Yabanjin".

Definition: Yabanjin is the Japanese word that translates to barbarian, or wild person. We like to use the nice side of that definition since it describes this blog's moderators and the outdoor lifestyles they live.

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