I received my Daiwa Soyokaze 31SR from Tenkara Bum yesterday. I ordered the rod, (1) #2 10 ft level line and (2) #3 10 ft level lines and (2) Fuji Hook Keepers, with shipping it was just over $100. Chris threw in a free 10 ft #4 level line and free tip puller (use if your tip gets stuck). I ordered on Thurs afternoon and although it was going from one coast to another, it was at my house Monday when I got back from work. Great service.
I tied a rather pathetic black threaded ant (it looked more like a black grub), looked up how to attach the line to the rod, added some tippet and headed to the river. The rod casted great and didn't take long to get a feel for it. I got a couple of strikes and even hooked into and landed a 9" Rainbow. This is my first Tenkara (Tenago) rod so I can't offer any comparisons, but it is compact, light and casts well. I think I am going to have a lot of fun with it.