TODAY   |  June 15, 2013

Japanese hold contest to build boats from boxes

The cardboard boat race happens annually in Japan, bringing together competitors who must build an entire boat out of cardboard, using only one roll of tape to put it together. Then, the real test is who will sink or float to the finish. TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

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>>> and finally, cardboard. so many wonderful uses. you can make boxes and book shelves and storage containers. but you can't make a boat. how do you know? this is how you know. there is a town in japan which holds a contest to build a boat from two card board boxes every year and one roll of tape. then you have to get in it and try to paddle across the lake. four boats actually made it.

>> oh, sure.

>> the rest did not. maybe if they used two rolls of tape or, say, fiber glass . just a thought. does the tape really --

>> i feel like the tape is everything.

>> duck tape does do everything. i also think something other than cardboard might have been the way to go on that one.