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[National Museum of Nature and Science] Announcement of the special exhibition “The Sea of the World is a Field! The 30-Year Track of the Academic Research Vessel” Hakuho Maru “”

The National Museum of Nature and Science, co-sponsored by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute of the University of Tokyo, will hold a special exhibition "Worldwide" from November 10th (Tuesday) to December 13th (Sunday), 2020. The sea is the field! The 30-year track of the academic research ship "Hakuhomaru" will be held. [Detailed URL: https://www.kahaku.go.jp/event/2020/11hakuhomaru/2020hakuhomaru.pdf ]

  • Outline of the special exhibition "The Sea of ​​the World is the Field! 30 Years of the Academic Research Vessel" Hakuho Maru ""

The academic research vessel "Hakuho Maru" belonging to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. Since its completion, Hakuho Maru has been observing in the seas around the world based on research themes submitted by researchers nationwide as a joint research vessel, in a wide range of fields such as marine physics, biology, earth science, and geochemistry. We have achieved many research results. It also plays an important role as a place for student education and training of young researchers in Japanese marine research. In this exhibition, we will introduce the features of Hakuho Maru, its 30-year history, and its scientific achievements.

Hakuho Maru © Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo

[Venue] National Science Museum (7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Earth Pavilion 1st floor open space
[ Date ] November 10th (Tuesday) -December 13th (Sunday), 2020
[Opening hours] 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (until 6:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
[Closed] Every Monday (Open on Monday, November 23, closed on Tuesday, November 24)
* The session is subject to change.
[ Admission fee] You can see it only with the admission fee for the permanent exhibition.
(General / university students: 630 yen (tax included), free for high school students and younger and 65 years old and over)
[How to enter] We are implementing measures to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection.
* To enter the museum, you need to make a reservation on the website of the museum.
* Before entering the museum, we will check the temperature and physical condition, and if you have a fever, we will refuse to enter the museum.
* For details on how to enter the museum, please see our website.
(National Museum of Nature and Science website: https://www.kahaku.go.jp/ )
[Host] National Science Museum, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo
[Cooperation] Kochi University
[Detailed URL] https://www.kahaku.go.jp/event/2020/11hakuhomaru/2020hakuhomaru.pdf 

  • Exhibit contents

Chapter 1 Hakuho Maru 30-year ship trace
Hakuho Maru has conducted multipurpose research voyages in the world's oceans, both in the near sea and in the open sea, such as making two round-the-world voyages in the last 30 years. The total voyage distance of about 2.39 million km is equivalent to 60 laps of the earth. In this chapter, we will look back on the history of the construction of Hakuho Maru and its wake.
Chapter 2 Academic Research Vessel Hakuho Maru
Hakuho Maru is a large research vessel equipped with a large laboratory, large cranes, winches, etc. so that researchers can bring in observation and analysis equipment. It is also a place for young researchers and students to be trained in observation techniques. Here, we will introduce the inside of the ship and observation equipment that are not usually seen.

Chapter 3 Scientific achievements of Hakuho Maru
Observations at Hakuho Maru have made many important discoveries in various fields of marine science. During the 2019 Southern Hemisphere Round the World Voyage, we conducted continuous observations of microplastics, which have been attracting attention as an environmental problem in recent years, and the first Japanese ship to conduct a submarine geological survey off the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition, as a result of the research voyage so far, we will introduce biological specimens (including the world premiere!) Described as new species.

Leptocephalus larvae of Japanese eel © Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo

Chapter 4 Hakuho Maru in the future
Hakuho Maru will undergo a major renovation work in 2021 over a period of about one year. In this chapter, we will explain the current state of marine science research in Japan and the future in which Hakuho Maru will play a part.

  • Exhibition supervisor

National Science Museum
Chief Researcher, Mineral Science Research Group, Faculty of Earth Sciences
Kenichiro Tani

Specializes in geology. I specialize in petrology and chronology. I am studying when and how magma that creates the continental crust and volcanoes can be created.

National Science Museum

  • National Science Museum

* Currently, a reservation is required to enter the museum. Please be sure to visit the official website before visiting.
[Opening Hours] Open from 9:00 to 17:00, Friday and Saturday until 18:00.
[Closed] Every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
[Admission fee] General / university students 630 yen, high school students (including college students) and younger, and 65 years old and older free of charge
[Location] 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
[Inquiries] 03-5777-8600 (Hello dial)
[Official homepage] https://www.kahaku.go.jp/