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An Evening with Reed Boat Builder Jin Ishikawa

Please join us for an evening with Jin Ishikawa, who has built over 250 reed boats. Reed boats are the oldest known to man, with remains dating back 7000 years. Reed boats are most associated with the ancient Egyptians, Peruvians, and Bolivians, but evidence of reed boat building has turned up all over the world.

Mr. Ishikawa has undertaken some long voyages in reed boats, but his longest is soon to come: a Pacific crossing starting in California, and ending...well, he'll be the first to tell you that part of the joy of reed boat voyages is that the final destination is lefe somewhat to chance, as these boats are at the mercy of Mother Nature:

"A reed boat does not take you to where you want to go. A reed boat takes you to where you should go, accompanied by nature. The journey, in which you don't know to where you are going, seems reckless. But part of the journey is to entrust yourself to the nature. Opening your heart, listen to the voice of the wind, the hymn of stars, and the wisdom of living on the ocean. I believe that the voyage of reed boat is delivered from the "Wisdom learned from the Ocean"

Captain Jin Ishikawa

Captain Ishikawa's website is, and YouTube video at

Earlier Event: July 9
Summer Sea Camp, Session 1
Later Event: July 30
Summer Sea Camp, Session 2