Originally Posted by pszy22
Regardless of what you want to call it, no one that I know makes any claims that it is anything revolutionary, new or previously untried. Quite the contrary, it is a style of fishing that is extremely simple and traditional.
Rather than revolutionary, it is evolutionary. Material science has allowed rod makers to create longer and lighter rods which have benefited not only tenkara, but also tradition one handed fly rods and two handed spey rods.
It is the same continuos improvement process that has allowed for thinner and stronger leaders, fluorocarbon leaders, super lines, etc.