The Wasen Tomonokai conducts activities to improve Japanese boat handling
techniques and to pass on these techniques. This year, we practiced throwing
a lifebuoy and pulling it up to the pier, assuming that passengers and
boatmen fell into the water from the pier or boat. We strive every day
to ensure that our customers can safely board our ships at all times.
Cedar tree is the main material of "Wasen". Frequent soaking in saltwater will cause the wood to go bad. Like other boats, it is also essential to remove shellfish from the bottom. In our workshop we regularly change old copper plates to new one and replace the worn parts.
One of our pleasures is to get our guests on board. The traditional Japanese wooden boat is near extinction. Some of boats are cultural assets. It is a great pleasure for us to manipulate this traditional boat and be pleased with our guests. Furthermore, if you want it, you can have a short rowing lesson using "Ro".
Besides usual activity place , we will move to other rivers and work when we are in the spring cherry blossom festival or the river festival. However, during these time, “Wasen” guest will pay 500 yen as boarding fee. You can not imagine that you are in a big city Tokyo when you take a slow boat ride under the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Another world will be spreading there.