The Indonesian government and a Japanese academic group have recently reconstructed an ancient ship to raise money for an archaeological study on historic ruins in and around Java Island. According to the Japan Majapahit Association, the ship has been making port calls in Asian countries since late last month, asking for financial and technical support to excavate the ruins of the Majapahit kingdom, which existed in the area from the 13th to the 16th century.
The ship was built in Madura, part of Indonesia’s Java province, and left there last Sunday for a 9,000-kilometer journey to last about six months before heading back to Jakarta. It will reach Japan around the middle of July, making its first stop in Kudaka Island in Okinawa Prefecture. The island served as a trading post of the Ryukyu kingdom, which used to govern Okinawa.
The ship will then sail to Naha. The crew will make a courtesy call to Okinawa Gov Hirokazu Nakaima before continuing on their journey to Kagoshima, Yokohama, Tokyo and Fukuoka.