Echizen Washi (Japanese paper made in Fukui) Paper Crafts / Paradise under the sea

Echizen Washi (Japanese paper made in Fukui) Paper Crafts / Paradise under the sea


The exhibition of Echizen Washi
(Japanese paper made in Fukui)
paper crafts, “Paradise under the sea” has been held from
August 3rd (Fri) – September 2nd (Sun), 2018 at Fukui Kougeisha Craft Gallery. I made this paper craft of submarine. I make all the large and exclusive ones like this myself. I make large ones such as rockets, trains, ships, etc. Because many children come here
during summer vacation season, I thought that it might be a good idea
to have an experience-based one. Children like gimmicks, like this one. When they look out the ship,
they can feel as if they are in a real ship. I thought it would be fun. I like submarines. Since I was an elementary school student, I’ve read comics and watched movies
of submarines a lot. I’ve also made many plastic models. Wasn’t there a submarine called Nautilus? Yes, there was. A film, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” was showing at the second floor of the movie theater
called “Piccadilly” which once located on the street with tram line.
When I was an elementary school student,
I went see the movie . Wasn’t there a foreign drama
in which a submarine was a main character. The foreign drama
called “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”, is called “Kaitei Daisakusen” in Japan. It even became a movie. Wasn’t there another one called submarine something? It’s “Submarine 707”. “Submarine 707” was a serialized manga
in Shonen Sunday manga around 1965. Mini submarines in which children ride appear in the manga. 2 ships A driver would sit in the back part
of the submarine and reconnoitre. The submarine would keep going under the sea as if it is an airplane. I wanted to imitate it. I wanted to make the submarine which I can go into with a scuba tank
and a breathing device and go under the sea with a motor. Make it with FRP. I made it look like the real one. Before making the submarine, I made a life-size coelacanth for warming up. How long is the coelacanth? It is 1 meter and 60 centimeters. There was a CT-Scan data of a coelacanth which came to Japan. Based on the data, I measured the coordinates roughly. The rest of it, I made it sculpturally. The coelacanth papercraft is nearly as large as life. To make the color of the papercraft looks like the real one when taking photographs underwater,
I mixed colors. I brought the coelacanth papercraft with me
to the Echizen Coast and sank it to the bottom of the sea (about 1 meter). And then, I took photographs of it and showed them to my scuba partners. They all believed that the coelacanth papercraft is the real one. They asked me where was the photograph taken? Are those fish as large as life? There are young yellowtails and older ones. Their sizes are different. They are all as large as life. Pacific white-sided dolphins are as large as life, too. Maybe, they are a little smaller than the real ones. What is that thing opening its’ mouth like an alligator? That is a mosasaur. It’s a dinosaur. Technically speaking, that is not a dinosaur because that doesn’t have feet. That’s Mr. Tokisato’s new work this year. If I’m correct, that is the dinosaur
which appears in the movie Jurassic Park
and it was eating human beings. It came out of the water and ate them. Children were saying the name of the dinosaur correctly. They were saying “it’s a mosasaur!”. Did you make this submarine for the first time? Yes, I did. I kept thinking about making this one since this spring and I did it.

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