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Edo Canal Diorama

One of the side projects I started recently, in order to step away from a couple projects that kind of got dropped onto me. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to do more Japanese boat based dioramas for a while now. I’ve done enough boats, but for people outside of Japan, and for many Japanese people as well, it’s difficult to understand these craft without some kind of context.

This is one of about four ideas I’ve had in my head for a few years, though it’s going to be a somewhat watered down version (no pun intended). Someday, I’ll create more a more elaborate version. But, this is a start.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

With multiple projects going on, my brain gets a little tangled up. So… I begin another project! Actually, this one has been in my head for more than a year – maybe two? The idea is to create some kind of Edo period scene using one of my wasen models – Ideally, one that already exists, so I don’t have to start yet another project.

This diorama I’ve settled on, is a simple scene based around my tenma-zukuri chabune. It will be pulling up to a small landing at edge of one of the many canals in the built-up part of Edo. I laid out the scene so that it will fit one of the small display cases that I have already have.

I won’t go into a lot of detail here, but basically, the main inspirations for this diorama, are scenes depicted at the Fukagawa Edo Museum, and also…

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