May 18, 2012
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors in Baltimore in 2008 had a cultural “excursion” to a baseball game; ACM 2012 had one to a well-preserved mansion near Niigata known as the Northern Culture Museum. Preserved through a partnership with an American donor, this expansive manor and its grounds showcase life in the late 19th century in north-western Japan.
While working at JAXA, the boys in my lab didn’t seem much interested in their cultural heritage, so they weren’t eager to play tour guide for places such as this one. While we didn’t have an English-speaking guide for our tour, I was impressed with the elegance and refinement of how the Ito family lived in Niigata. It being a rainy Tuesday, the house was quiet and serene. I wonder what the three-day wedding feast was like, the only relic of which is a menu on the wall.
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