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Welcome to Wasen tomo no kai

Welcome to “Wasen”  (Free Boat Ride)
Japanese Traditional Wooden Boat Association

Our association was founded with the assistance of Koto city in 1995. The purpose of our association is to preserve the "Wasen" Japanese traditional wooden boats as cultural heritage , and to inherit the rowing techniques. We are located at Yokojukkengawa Shinsui Park.
       Last updated (February 5,2023)  

 Operation
 status
The next service is February 12th.

Currently, boarding and rowing experience, group reservation, and trainee registration are back to normal. When you come to the pier, please continue to cooperate in preventing the spread of the Covid-19.
   
    *Updated schedule (Click here)

お知らせInformation  



How to board a boat

Please come at the reception time (10:00
AM-2
:15PM)
on the operation day. It will be canceled on rainy days.

When and where can you ride


Click here for schedule and boarding location



Cherry blossom festival


It is held in Monzen Nakacho from March to April every year. (Reference video:state of 2019)


Purpose of our activity


It inherits the tradition of Japan's unique wooden boats.(click here)

新着情報news

February 5 ,2023
Mr. Mikio Unehara, who passed the boatman certification exam last week, was awarded a certificate of boatman. We look forward to his future success.(Photo)
January 29 ,2023
Two new boatmen were born today. In the afternoon, there was a boatman's certification exam and they passed it.Details will be announced later. At the end of the ceremony,the vice-president presented a hand-made paddle and "Ro" model.
Further special training continues for the Sakura Festival. (Photo)
January 23 ,2023
A special feature on Koto Wide Square, a Koto Ward publicity program broadcast last July
"Traditional technology to the future - Japanese boats in Koto Ward" Part 2
"~Traditional technology to the future~ Revived Japanese boats".
Please take a look.
[Feature] -Traditional technology for the future- Reviving Japanese boats|Koto Ward (koto.lg.jp)
https://www.city.koto.lg.jp/011501/kmovie/wide-square/20230115wasen.html
January 22 ,2023
We made it for practice by resembling the bit for mooring at Kurofune Pier.
We are all practicing assuming that the cherry blossom festival will be held. (Photo)
January 22 ,2023
We had about 60 people on board today. The photo is Mr. Tatsuya Suzuki,
head of the Fukagawa branch of the Koto Ward Tourist Association.
(Posted with customer's permission.)(Photo)
January 16 ,2023
This is the broadcast date of the Nippon Television program, which was interviewed on January 8th.
※Saturday, January 28, 22:54-23:00 "Michigatari"
January 15 ,2023
In preparation for the cherry blossom festival (Click here)
January 9 ,2023
I took a commemorative photo after the annual New Year's Safety Prayer Ceremony.(Click here)
January 8 ,2023
We would like to introduce Paul Lacke (left photo) and Seiya Jinguji (right photo), who passed the boatman's certification exam on December 18th last year and made their boatman debut today. We look forward to working with you both.(Click here)
January 8 ,2023
Today is the beginning of the year for us.(Click here)
December 27 ,2022
We decorated for the New Year to welcome the New Year.(Click here)
December 21 ,2022
NHK TV program (About the Origins of Kanji) covered Wasen, and the broadcast date was decided.
 E Tele (021 channel)
 February 3, 2023 7:00-7:10
 February 9, 2023 17:25-17:35 (rebroadcast)
December 18 ,2022
Today is the last sailing day of the year.
We washed and cleaned all the boats in the morning.
Reception for general boarding was finished in the morning, and in the afternoon,
training was conducted in preparation for the cherry blossom festival. In addition,
there were two trainees' boatman exams, and they both passed.(Click here)
December 4 ,2022
There were about 70 customers who came on board today, probably because it was cold in the morning. We hung the big catch flags to pray for safety in the new year. A passerby in the park asked us, "Is it a festival?"(Click here)
November 30 ,2022
On November 30th, trainee Tsuguhiro Miyazaki passed the boatman's exam. On the day of the event (11/27), after finishing the half of the Koto Seaside Marathon, he has a tough heart to take the exam. (Click here)
November 28 ,2022
Year-end activities end at 12:00 on Sunday, December 18th.
New Year's activities are scheduled to start around 10:30 on January 8th.
In addition, we are praying for safety from 9 o'clock.
October 27 ,2022
"Chidori" is repaired and ready for use (Click here)
October 24 ,2022
Important notice: On October 24th, our website was migrated to support SSL. We hope that you will continue to visit our website.
October 17,2022
Important notice: From the afternoon of October 24th, the website of Wasen Tomo no Kai "Japanese Traditional Wooden Boat Association" will be switched to SSL support. The new URL is scheduled to be "https://www.wasen-tomo.com/wasen-english/". Sincerely.
October 12,,2022
Today, October 12th (Wednesday), we would like to introduce Mr. Isao Fukuda, who passed the boatman qualification test and successfully made his debut as a boatman. I look forward to working with Mr. Fukuda in the future.(Photo here)
October 12,,2022
The "Yurikamome" that was being repaired has returned from Sano Shipbuilding. Crowdfunding recruited in Koto Ward is used for this cost. Thank you for your cooperation.(Click here
October 4 ,2022
Tomorrow, October 5th, general boarding has been canceled due to rain forecast.
October 4 ,2022
We unloaded our largest Japanese boat, “CHIDORI”, cleaned and painted the bottom of the boat, and moved to the workshop. We are going to start repairing the bow part.(Click here)
September 28,2022
We have more new members. They both passed the boatman's certification exam. We look forward to seeing the success of the rookie boatmen.(Photo here)
September 21,2022
After a long time, many customers boarded the boat.(Click here)
September 14,2022
On the second day of general boarding resumption, 14 people in addition to 2 trainees boarded today in the heat wave. The next time will be September 21st (Sunday), I think it will get cooler little by little. Please come out to the pier. The picture is Mr. Ota's family from Cebu, Philippines, and the boatman is Mr. Maekawa. (Posted with the customer's permission. The only passengers on board were family members, so the mask was removed only when taking pictures.) {Click here :photo}
September 14,2022
General boarding will start from 10:00 as usual today, but due to the forecast that the heat stroke information (approximate value of WBGT) in Koto Ward will reach the dangerous level, the rowing experience will be canceled.
September 12,2022
Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo version) published on September 9th,
This is an article about "Yurikamome" repair.

Tokyo: Restoration of Japanese-style ships Succession of virtuoso skills Koto Ward Sons work: Regional News: Yomiuri Shimbun Online (yomiuri.co.jp)
https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/tokyo23/news/20220908-OYTNT50258/
September 8,2022
Koto Ward's public relations program, which was broadcast on Koto Wide Square,
"Traditional technology to the future - Japanese boats in Koto Ward"
This is the result of a month of research.
Please take a look.

~ Traditional technology to the future ~ Japanese boat in Koto Ward (July 24, 2022) – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlwSDHe8rOU
September 7,2022
We will resume normal activities on September 11th. (General boarding experience, "Ro" rowing experience, group reservation, trainee registration)
August 21,2022
Conducted safety training for the first time in three years. We will continue to strive for safe ship operation and navigation.(Click here)
July28,2022
Looking for crowdfunding for "Yurikamome" repair by Koto Ward(Click here)
July27,2022
Japanese boat "Yurikamome" flies in the sky!(Click here)
July24,2022
Today's activity will be from 10:00 to 12:00. Due to the rapid increase in the number of people infected with the new coronavirus, the rowing experience will be canceled and general boarding will be until 12:00. The activity will be suspended for a while from July 31st. We will inform you about the resumption.
July20,2022
Activities after today will be on Sundays only until August 28th. Please be careful. Also, when you come to the pier, please cooperate with heat stroke prevention measures and new corona infection prevention measures. Due to the forecast that the heat stroke information in Koto Ward will reach the dangerous level today, the service reception time will be from 10:00 to 12:00.
July13,2022
It was raining today, so the service was canceled.
July6,2022
The activity is canceled today due to the rain forecast.
June29,2022  8:30
Heat stroke information has reached a dangerous level today.
The rowing experience will be canceled in the morning, and the general boarding experience will end at 12:00.
June26,2022
Pull out the iron pipe in the water. (Click here)
June18,2022
There was a location on June 1st, of the TV program
We will inform you that information such as broadcasting has arrived.
Please take a look.

O A station: Tokyo Metropolitan TV (TOKYOMX-TV)
Program name: "Gururi Tokyo Edo Walk"
Broadcast date and time: Saturday, June 25, 11: 30-12: 00 9ch
June14,2022
The activity will be canceled tomorrow due to the forecast of rainy weather.
June13,2022
The weather was fine yesterday, and the visitors enjoyed the boarding and rowing experience. The appearance of many Calgaomo chicks was very cute. It rained heavily in the afternoon. ("Kawaii" movie1,movie2)
June12,2022
Today is an activity day, but it may be canceled as soon as it rains.
June1,2022
We are doing normal activities today. Reception hours are from 10:00 to 14:15. The weather is nice so please come and visit us.
March28,2022
The TV station's coverage on March 9 was broadcast as a program. (Click here)
March22,2022
The resumption of activities has been postponed again. Please check the latest infomation for future resumption schedules.
March17,2022
All activities will resume from March 23rd. Please enjoy Japanese boat while cooperating with our infection control measures.
February 27,2022
The second work was completed in the spring-like cheerfulness. Powerful members are very active in the work of pulling out old pipes. We are making various preparations with the aim of resuming operations. (Click here)
February 13,2022
Completed the hard work (Click here)
January 9,2022
Safety prayer and first rowing (Click here)
December 19,2021
We enjoyed rowing this year.(Click here)
December 14,2021
Today, in the cold rain, the boat that had been repaired by the crane was dropped onto the river.(Click here)
November 28,2021
Due to the decrease in the number of new coronavirus infections, the restrictions on the number of passengers will be lifted from December.
November 27,2021
Regular repairs go smoothly.(Clik here)
November 9,2021
The boat was put into the workshop for regular repairs.(Clik here)
October 21,2021
The general boarding experience will resume from November 3rd. Please follow our instructions when resuming. Wearing a mask,measuring temperature, disifecting hands, distance from people, boarding with half the capacity,etc.
October 5,2021
To the workshop for maintenance of the Japanese boat .(Click here)
September 30,2021
Although it has been decided to cancel the state of emergency, the resumption of the boarding experience for the general public will be postponed for a while in consideration of safety.
August 22,2021
Today, we performed maintenance with 15 captains.(Click here)
April 7,2021
We have announced the resumption of activities, but as the number of infected people is increasing again, we will suspend the boarding of general passengers for a while.
March 24,2021
Today's activity was to clean and maintain the boat without the general passengers on boad.(Click here)
March 19,2021
We are planning to resume the general boarding experience from April 14th.
March 11,2021
We will inform you of the schedule from April. However, it will be changed at anytime depending on the infection status of COVID-19. Please check the latest information.(Click here)
January 10,2021
The annual safety prayer was canceled and each boat was cleaned with Japanese Sake.(Click here)
December 8,2020
After the regular repair of the Japanese boat, We floated the boat on the river.(Click here)
November 19,2020
We will suspend our activities again due to the spread of COVID-19 infection.
October 20,2020
Second regular maintenance has started .(Click here)
October 14,2020
There was an interview with the TV station(NHK) today. It will be broadcast on NHK BS on November 15th.
October 14,2020
The activity was suspended for half a year due to the spread of the new coronavirus, but it has resumed today.(Click here)

Japanese Traditional Wooden Boat Association

Explanation of terms
"Ro" is a long stick-shaped thing behind the boat that creates propulsion.
A tool that pushes and pulls a Japanese wooden boat