Tarai-bune are traditional boats originating from Sado island. They look like a wooden barrel cut in
half and were used mainly to navigate along the coast to pick seaweed and seafood such as abalone.
In Ogi port, tourists can do a 10 minutes tarai-bune tour. All drivers are older women with lots of experience handling the boats. This is important since it is surprisingly not easy to steer the ship using only the paddle attached to the front of the boat.
Having experience canoeing, I was able to steer the tarai-bune quite well so my captain took some time to rest on the seat while I was doing the hard work!
At the end of the tour, we bought a photo they took of us during the ride as a souvenir. A nice memento from Sado island!