Building the Kamakura Period Umi-Sen

This is a new holiday distraction. It’s actually going a lot faster than I’m able to write. The model is very far along, even though I’ve only been working on it for less than 3 weeks. Here’s the background on it…

Wasen Modeler


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I’m no expert on Japanese history. In fact, my interest in traditional Japanese boats is a way for me to learn more about it. Up to this point, I’ve primarily been interested in watercraft from the Edo period, which was from 1603 to 1868. This era began with the rise of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu who established the capital of Japan at Edo (now called Tokyo). But, there are some interesting, large watercraft that I’ve been intrigued by as well, and many of these date back to earlier times.

Some of the ships I’ve been looking at were fairly complicated, and my information on them is clearly incomplete. But, there was one that stood as a simple design, with enough information available for me to feel that I could scratch build a model. This ship, referred to only as a large umi-sen or sea ship, dated back to the Kamakura period, which…

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