Websites based in the U.S.

My friend Clare Hess in California builds Japanese ship models. You can learn a lot about the craft by reading through his site:

Harvey Golden is a friend who has done amazing work on the subject of Arctic kayaks:

My friend Bruce Whiting's business page in Portland, Oregon:

Paul Kotta's tea page, a useful source for good tea:

A very nice gallery of Japanese antiques:

Len Brackett builds Japanese style houses and has a wonderful links page of his own:

List of books on Japanese woodworking by this California group:

WoodenBoat magazine:

I built the sail ferry Weatherwax working with Andy Davis and the gang at Tri-Coastal Marine, Inc.

After giving a lecture at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) someone wrote me with this blog site. Chris Hall lives in Western Massachusetts and has an amazing background in Japanese woodworking, architecture, etc., and blogs at The Carpentry Way:

Websites based in Japan

The Nippon Foundation supports philanthropic initiatives around the world:

My friends Takumi and Yoshiko have been canoeing all over Japan, sell candles at festivals and take part in peace ceremonies. They keep blogs of their activities:

A gorgeous website about the mountain regions of Ishikawa prefecture:

This Japanese opthamologist has been blogging about boats:

Woodworking school in Takayama, Japan (in Japanese):

Basic overview of Japanese culture:

Atsushi Doi is a good friend and an enthusiastic amateur boat builder. He has invented a new type of sculling oar for small boats:

Monotsukuri Daigaku is a new Japanese university devoted to craft training:

The famous monkeys of Nagano, who use a hot spring, are visible on this live webcam:

Traditional Crafts Association, Japan has an interesting gallery in Tokyo and supports craftspeople from throughout Japan:

Koji' san's site:
Timberline Small Craft

This Japanese group is building reed boats:

Osamu Monden and Kyoko Miyazawa are filmmakers in Tokyo who make documentaries on the culture of the sea:

Here is eight seconds of me in Tokyo sculling the chokkibune that I built:
You can see more videos of the traditional Japanese sculling oar, the ro, by searching YouTube under "ro-scull."

Japanese Museums

Lake Biwa Museum

Museum of Maritime Science (now closed)

Seto Inland Sea Folklife Museum

Toba Sea Folk Museum

Urayasu Folk Museum

The Mizunoki Museum

Tokyo Furniture Museum

The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

Tokyo Kite Museum:

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