Wasen is the Japanese word meaning traditional Japanese boat. In Japanese, this is written as: 和船 The first character, or kanji, is read as “wa”, which refers to something that is traditionally Japanese. The second character is read as “sen”, though sometimes, depending on the word, it is read as “fune” or “bune”, all of which mean “boat or ship”.
My name is Clare Hess, and I am Tokyo-born, half-Japanese ship modeler maker living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve been studying and building wasen models since 2013, and I created this site to help centralize information in english about modeling traditional Japanese watercraft or wasen.
For the past few years, I’ve been collecting information from books, printed articles, web articles, nearly all in Japanese, in addition to information from knowledgeable individuals, and have been sorting though and presenting here the most useful information I can find.
To view build logs of individual wasen model projects, just hover over the Wasen Projects menu to find a complete list. To view all news posts, simply click on the All News menu, or select one of the submenus to narrow your search by selected categories.
For more information about me, please visit my “About Me” page on my shipmodeler blog.
This site is still maturing, so there will be changes in layout as well as content over time. If you run across any problems with the site, please feel free to contact me here.