May 20, 2012 Guest
Guest : Mr. Aleksander Mikhailovich Goroshko (Head of Kronshtadt’s administration, St. Petersburg Government, Russian Federation)
Mr. A.M. Goroshko from Kronshtadt, one of the administrative areas in Russia's second largest city St. Petersburg, paid a visit to Miraikan. Kronshtadt has been a military port since the 18th century, when Admiral Putyatin had set sail for Japan in order to conclude the Russian Treaty of Amity and Commerce. Mr. Goroshko's visit to Japan this time was to attend the celebration event held in honor of this Treaty. Although he was only going to stay in Tokyo for half a day, he had expressed a wish to visit the museum.
After viewing a demonstration by the biped robot ASIMO, he also experienced other participatory exhibitions including the therapeutic robot "Palo," "Inter Robot," which studies human communication, and the hands-on model of the Internet that uses black and white balls to represent 1/0 electric signals. At the symbol exhibit Geo-Cosmos, which is the world's first display using organic EL panels, he viewed a simulation of the annular solar eclipse predicted for the following day, and which were anticipated to be observed all over Japan.
In addition to stopping at points in the museum that are related to Russia, such as the introduction of world geography, meteorological data and astronauts, he also made inquiries until he fully understood the meaning behind each exhibition. Conversely, there were also scenes where he provided the talk, such as during the neutrino observation experiment. He appeared to have viewed the exhibitions that connected with him, comparing the lifestyle of submarine crew in the navy where he had worked for many years, with life in a spaceship, and speaking about his thoughts on topics such as the ethics of the use of genetic information in present and future lifestyles when high levels of advancements have been achieved in informatization and computerization.
During the visit, he ran into some children from Belarus and exchanged greetings with them in Russian. The sight of him smiling at the parents and children in the museum, and looking into the camera, left a deep impression. The permanent exhibition tour took approximately two hours. Mr. Goroshko commented that he would definitely like to introduce the museum to Russia, with its characteristics as a content-rich museum where people of all ages can enjoy themselves. It is hoped that it will facilitate the deepening of exchanges between Japan and Russia.
(Science Communicator: Asako Hasegawa)