Wow! That's an interesting story. I lived in Japan a couple of times, almost 7 years. I missed the town of Satsuma and its Mandarin oranges. Oranges satisfy both hunger and thirst. And, they come in their own disposable container.
I have nothing special planed for this build. I guess just building it for the challenge and experience. Turning fence boards into a boat is a satisfying accomplishment for me.