Problems with website

Anyone trying to access the website for the Tokyo Museum of Maritime Science may find that attempts to connect to the site result in a message that the server is not responding.

The URL:

I ran into this connection problem several days ago and checked with a friend in Japan, who reported no issues connecting to the site. I have since retested my own network and computers and have checked with people across the U.S. and in Europe to determine that all are experiencing a connection problem. So, the issue seems to be widespread, at least outside of Japan. I’m checking to verify the problem does not occur within Japan, though I tried a VPN connection through a server in Tokyo and still had the problem.

Today, I sent an email to an address I found for the site’s webmaster. I don’t know how effective that will be, but Douglas Brooks was also reported that he is unable to connect and said that he knows who to contact about it. So, hopefully, this will get resolved soon.

But, this means that for the time being, my links in certain posts, such as about downloading the pdf copy of the Funakagami, will not work. I expect this is a temporary issue, so I won’t be changing any of my posts or links for now.

Check back here for updates.


The Rope: Article on the Funakagami and Historical Japanese Boats

Continuing with a string of posts about the Japanese ship model society, The Rope, here’s a short, but very interesting article describing a talk given by the curatorial director of the Tokyo Museum of Maritime Science. In this talk, Mr. Iinuma describes Japanese historical boats and the role of the book, Funakagami. I posted about this earlier in the year, along with a link to a downloadable pdf copy of the book. This article in The Rope News is a better discussion of the book that mine, and it’s a very short summary.


Cover of the Funakagami

I read this and, learned a few key things that I didn’t know about. One in particular was why the stem (the term bowsprit is mistakenly used here) on many yakatabune shown in wood block prints, look incomplete. I’ll let you read that answer for yourself. You can read the article online or download a copy:

And, here is a link to my own blog post on the Funakagami where you can download a copy directly from the Tokyo Museum of Maritime Science: