Berkeley Lab

Friday, 9/11/15

We checked out of our hotel relatively early, and then drove back down to Chiba, with our luggage. There, Dr. Reiko Kanda picked us up again, and we drove to the Chiba Super Science High School. We had a short meeting with the principal and vice principals, and then went to listen in on a […]

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Thursday, 9/10/15

We left relatively early, because my dad had a couple meetings with various foundations in downtown Tokyo. It was raining, of course, so our umbrellas were out as usual. I went to the nearby Starbucks during that time. Something I don’t think I have mentioned yet, is that the Japanese love Starbucks. There are several […]

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Wednesday, 9/9/15

We decided to try to see at least one volleyball game, so we decided on Australia versus Italy, which was taking place early in the afternoon, about 3 minutes walk from our hotel. We noticed that it seemed like all the teams participating in the world cup were staying at the same hotel as us, […]

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Tuesday, 9/8/15

A car from Hiroshima University came to pick us up at 8am to drive us to the university. The main campus is about an hour away from downtown Hiroshima, so it took a while. There, we visited their synchrotron radiation center and got a tour. We then visited the building for amphibian biological sciences, where […]

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Monday, 9/7/15

We had an early breakfast at the hotel, and then went to find a bus to get to Kinkaku-ji, since that is the easiest way to get there. It took about an hour by bus, because there was a lot of traffic, but we could tell when we got there due to the many tourists […]

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Sunday, 9/6/15

We had continental breakfast at the hotel buffet, and then got ready to go to Higashiyama, which contains many temples, as well as the old town. We took the subway to get as close as possible, but we still had to walk for about 20 minutes to get to the Gion District, which is the […]

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Saturday, 9/5/15

We got an early start in Tokyo, because we wanted to get to Kyoto relatively quickly. We got the shinkansen Hikari, which is the second fastest type of shinkansen there is. It took a little over 2 and a half hours to get to Kyoto. There, we checked into the Kyoto Tower Hotel and went […]

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Friday, 9/4/15

We had a continental breakfast at the hotel before getting on the subway for the Tokyo Institute of Technology. There, we met with Professor Saito to discuss several different activities, including his DOJO program, where several students from Berkeley have participated. He took us to a delicious lunch on the campus, which consisted of several […]

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Thursday, 9/3/15

Thursday morning we were taken to Fukushima University, to meet the president, vice president, multiple professors, and the director of the Institute for Environmental Radioactivity. At the meeting we talked about the Symposium, as well as several other topics. We were then taken to the Institute, to receive several presentations, and be taken on a […]

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Wednesday, 9/2/15

Kinya Sakanishi took us to the institute where he works, the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, which is part of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. We met the director, Mr. Owadano, and were shown around the facility, which includes many different kinds of solar power panels, as well as a wind turbine. […]

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