Douglas Brooks is a man on a mission. A boat builder and craftsman originally from Connecticut, Brooks is committed to helping keep afloat the dying craft of traditional boat building in Japan.

Hailing from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, maritime connections have gradually taken over his life.

Brooks began researching traditional Japanese boat building in 1990 and has since been to Japan more than a dozen times, visiting fishing villages throughout the nation in his quest for boat-building traditions in danger of being lost.