Berkeley Lab

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 different courses.

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We then had the rest of the day to do some sightseeing around Tokyo. We first went to visit Meiji-jingu, one of the most well known Shrines in Tokyo. The weather was extremely warm, rainy, and humid, so the forest of the meiji shrine was a welcome change. There were several gates leading up to the shrine, so it was not easy to miss. The shrine itself was beautiful, and there weren’t as many tourists as I expected there to be.

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After the shrine we took the monorail to Obaida, an area right by Tokyo Bay, with the well known Rainbow Bridge. We took a measurement, and discovered that it was 0.10uSv/hr, so about 0.88mSv per year. This is extremely low, of course. For more information on radiation and what it means, go to radwatch.berkeley.edu. When we got to Obaida we walked around and saw the Statue of Liberty Replica, as well as an amazing view of the Tokyo Skyline. We had a drink at a bar, and then went to a sushi place for dinner. This sushi place was unusual, since the food that you ordered came on a Shinkansen. There was a conveyor belt as well where you could take the sushi you wanted, but the train was the best part.

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