The Amago may slide in as a mainstream tenkara rod. Not mainstream as in right in the middle of things, but mainstream as in larger stream into which the small mountain streams flow. The one that gets me is the Hane, which is off the charts with respect to stiffness. Is it a tenkara rod? The company that made it said it is, so I guess it is. There are quite a few other rods that are not tenkara rods that are better suited to tenkara than it is, though, which is one reason I suggest that people not be terribly concerned about what a rod was labeled, or designed for, by the manufacturer. If it works well for tenkara fishing, that should be all that matters.