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Science Café in Kurashiki

21 Dec 2009, 02:37 UTC
Science Café in Kurashiki
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Science Café in Kurashiki
Okayama is one of the best sites for optical observations in Japan owing to the fine weather and dark sky at night, and there are rich activities related to education and public outreach of astronomy. “Okayama Science Café” is among such activities, and I was invited to Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture as a lecturer for the event on December 13. The site for the science cafe was Salon Hashimaya, which is located at picturesque area, but is rather far from the main road with tourist attractions. The salon is a part of a very old kimono shop, and remains elegance of oldies. I talked about the history and the current status of solar system exploration in Japan. The audiences enjoyed many images and movies that I showed, particularly the movie of quadped robot for military use (this cannot be used for planetary exploration due to severe liminatation in energy consumption) that I showed as a reference.
Picturesque area of Kurashiki
Salon Hashimaya

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