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  • Building a traditional Japanese boat

    Photo of seven people in bright blue happi coats in a long, low Japanese riverboat on a pond.

    Japan House offered a Japanese boatbuilding apprenticeship class this spring, giving 18 students the opportunity to work with Douglas Brooks, a traditional boatbuilder specializing in Japanese boats. They built a 21-foot Japanese riverboat called a honryousen, which means “typical fishing boat,” and launched the craft on the Japan House pond.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky

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  • Editor’s notes: The boat that the students built will be for sale and the proceeds will support Japan House programming. Anyone interested in the boat can contact Japan House at japanhouse@illinois.edu. More information about Douglas Brooks is available online.

    The Japan House boatbuilding class was supported by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional contributions from Japan House.