After I left Iejima the shipment of the boat to Tokyo was finally arranged and a proper launching ceremony was held. I should soon be getting photographs of the event which I will post here.
In this post I wanted to share some images of historic sabani I saw during my last travels in Okinawa. They include two sabani on display at the Okinawan Prefectural Museum of History in Naha, the capitol city; two boats I found in the tiny, tiny village of Funauki on Iriomote Island, and the boat in the small museum on Taketomi Island. As bad luck would have it, we had just part of one day on Ishigakijima, where the museum has several sabani, but it was a Monday and the museum was closed.