His father is the late Shintaro Uehara, inventor of Nanyo-Hagi type Sabani made from limited wooden materials in the South Sea Islands during and after the war when there was a shortage of supplies.
Most of the documents in the museum were collected by Ken Uehara. He also received instructions from the last Mikagan craftsman, Yukichi Kinjo (1900~2001), learned by watching him, and acquired the skills to make his own Mikagan, Umifuzo, and other traditional piscatorial tools. Uehara is the walking dictionary of Itoman’s piscatorial culture. He’s also the Commissioner of NPO Hamasuuki. Currently resides in Itoman City, Okinawa Prefecture.