Leiji Matsumoto is a known mangaka (comic book artist), author of several famous stories, like Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Express 999 and Captain Harlock.
When he was asked to draw the design for the ship Himiko, he wanted to create something for children to enjoy, “a ship that all the children would want to ride”.
That’s why Himiko was designed like a spaceship, with a teardrop shape, a ship enjoyed not only by kids, but by people of all ages:
Himiko cruise, Sumida River, Tokyo
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: Benten-do, Night Illumination