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Water and Vessels-From Cupped Hands to the Planet

Water and Vessels–From Cupped Hands to the Planet
 
 
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Let's find utensils for water!
Minpaku Water Discovery
Location: Permanent Exhibition, Main Building Exhibition Hall
With a “water location map” in hand, let’s find utensils for water in the permanent exhibitions of the Museum!
Let's find out more about water!
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[March]
Inter-Institutional and External Joint Research on “People and Water” Forum “Regions and Cultures from the Perspective of PET Water Bottles”end
Date and Time: March 28 (Sunday) 1:30 p.m–4:00 p.m.
Intended for: Upper-level elementary school students, and open to the public
Location: Seminar room No. 5 on the 2nd floor of the National Museum of Ethnology
Free to all participants
Opening Remarks By: KUBO Masatoshi (National Museum of Ethnology)
1:30 p.m –3:00 p.m. Part 1: Public Symposium
“Culture Viewed from the Perspective of Water Vessels”
How are the new vessels (PET bottles) and modern water (mineral water) accepted and used in our everyday lives? We will have a look at the relationship between water and human beings through the “water vessels” that reflect modern society.
Program
Explanation of the Purpose of the Program AKIMICHI Tomoya (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
“PET Bottles and the Travels of Water” TAGUCHI Rie (Tokai University)
“Before the Age of PET Bottles: PET bottles from the viewpoint of everyday articles” KOJIMA Mabumi (Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University)
“Culture Viewed from PET Water Bottles: A discovery in Taiwan” AIDA Mitsuru (National Institute of Japanese Literature)
“Water-Drinking Habits Changed by PET Bottles: The case of China” KANESHIGE Tsutomu (Shiga University of Medical Science)
Question and Answer Period 
 Moderator: AKIMICHI Tomoya (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
3:10 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Part 2. : Collaborative Workshop of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature and the General Public (1) “Regions viewed from the Forms of Water”
Lecturer: NAGANO Takanori (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
What are “forms of water”? Mr. Nakano will explain regional characteristics of water, such as different forms and types of water, based upon scientific analysis of water quality. Would you like to join a water quality appraisal group and examine the “forms of water” that you are drinking in your daily life? We ask the participants to collect water that they are drinking everyday, and to bring or mail the water sample to the National Museum of Ethnology by April 12 (Monday). We ask for your cooperation to investigate water quality in the Kinki region. We will distribute containers for collecting water and explain how to mail them.
 
[May]
Minpaku Weekend Salonend
Date and Time: May 2 (Sunday) 2:30 p.m. –3:30 p.m.
Location: Thematic Exhibition Site of “Water and Vessels–From Cupped Hands to the Planet” (Thematic Exhibition Area A)
Speaker: KUBO Masatoshi (National Museum of Ethnology)
Admission fee is required.
 
Water Workshop “Educational Program about Water: WET” (Foundation of River & Watershed Environment Management)end
By playing games, you will learn the importance of water and the natural environment.
Intended For: Elementary school students. (Children with parents are welcome.)
Seats are available for 20 child-parent pairs. (Advance application required. If there is a large number of applications, participants will be selected by lottery.)
First workshop: May 3 (Monday-holiday) 1:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Second workshop: May 4 (Tuesday-holiday) 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar room No. 5 on the 2nd floor of the National Museum of Ethnology
Participation Fee: 500 yen (for cost of materials)
Application: Refer to How to Apply for a Workshop and apply during the application period.
Program
“Blue Planet” (25 minutes)
Looking at the proportion of ocean and land on the surface of our planet Earth we will think about our planet as a huge “water vessel”.
“Amazing Journey” (30 minutes)
You will learn that water exists in different forms, such as rivers and seas, and that it comes to our hands via various paths.
“Aqua Body” (15 minutes)
We will learn that our bodies are also “vessels of water” by finding out how much water human bodies contain.
“Rainsticks” (50 minutes)
We will make “rainsticks (instruments that produce “sounds of rain”), which have been used for rain-making rituals, and think about water and culture.
Water Workshop “Wonders of Ocean / Wonders of Water” (1) (School of Marine Science and Technology at Tokai University)end
97.5% of the water on our planet is seawater. You will learn about “oceans” in the first part and the wonder of seawater in the second part.
Date and Time: May 22 (Saturday) 1:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar room No. 5 on the 2nd floor of the National Museum of Ethnology
Intended For: Upper-level elementary school students and higher
Seats Available: 30 (Advance application required. If there is a large number of applications,participants will be selected by lottery.)
Free to all participants
Application: Refer to How to Apply for a Workshop and apply during the application period.
Lecturer: SAITO Hiroshi (Social Education Center at Tokai University)
 
Water Workshop “Wonders of Ocean / Wonders of Water” (2) (Saijo City and School of Marine Science and Technology at Tokai University)end
Saijo City of Ehime Prefecture, in developing its city, is making full use of its water environment–namely, its “basin groundwater.” We will introduce the water environment and people’s lives in the city in the first period of the workshop, and the groundwater quality survey during the second period.
Date and Time: May 30 (Sunday) 1:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar room No. 5 on the 2nd floor of the National Museum of Ethnology
Intended For: Upper-level elementary school students and higher; open to the public on that day
Free to all participants
Lecturers: SASAKI Takatsugu (Saijo City, Living Environment Division)
NARITA Hisashi (School of Marine Science and Technology at Tokai University)
 
[June]
Collaborative Workshop of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature and the General Public (2) “Surprise! Your water is also mineral water.”end
An analysis of water collected by a water quality appraisal group will be presented and explained.
Date and Time: June 12 (Saturday) 1:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar room No. 5 on the 2nd floor of the National Museum of Ethnology
Intended For: Upper-level elementary school students and higher, also open to the public
Free to all participants
Lecturer: NAKANO Takanori (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
 
Suita City’s 70th Anniversary Celebration: Lecture + Workshop “People and Things Connected by Water” (Tentative title)end
Date and Time: June 13 (Sunday) 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Location: National Museum of Ethnology Auditorium
Intended For: General visitors including citizens of Suita City
Free to all participantsSeats Available: 450 (Advance application required. If there is a large number of applications, participants will be selected by lottery.)
Free to all participantsApplication: You may apply either by fax or mail to the address below by May 21 (Friday). Fax: 06-6368-7343
Mail: 564-8550 Office of Executive Committee for Suita City’s 70th Anniversary Celebration
Inquiries About this Event:
Executive Committee for Suita City’s 70th Anniversary Celebration
Telephone: 06-6384-3104
Program:
Opening Remarks By: SUDO Ken’ichi (Director-General of the National Museum of Ethnology)
“The World from the Viewpoint of Water Vessels (Tentative title)” KUDO Masatoshi (National Museum of Ethnology)
“Forms of Water in Suita City (Tentative title)” NAKANO Takanori (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Question and Answer Period
Thematic Exhibition Gallery Talkend
Date and Time: June 13 (Sunday) The first Talk: 11:00 a.m.– 11:20 a.m.
The Second Talk: 3:30 p.m.– 3:50 p.m.
Location: Thematic Exhibition Site of “Water and Vessels–From Cupped Hands to the Planet” (Thematic Exhibition Area A)
Admission fee is required.
Program:
Opening Remarks By: SUDO Ken’ichi (Director-General of the National Museum of Ethnology)
“The World from the Viewpoint of Water Vessels (Tentative title)” KUDO Masatoshi (National Museum of Ethnology)
“Forms of Water in Suita City (Tentative title)” NAKANO Takanori (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Question and Answer Period
*How to Apply for a Workshop (Except for Suita City’s 70th Anniversary Celebration on June 13)
You may apply either by fax or e-mail to the address below during the application period. Please be aware that if there is a large number of applications, participants will be selected by lottery.
Water Workshop “Educational Program about Water: WET”
Dates of Workshops: May 3 (the first workshop) and May 4 (the second workshop)
Deadline for Applications: April 23 (Friday) for both workshops
Date of Notification: On or close to April 26 (Monday) for both workshops
Water Workshop “Wonders of Ocean / Wonders of Water” (1)
Date of Workshop: May 22 (Saturday)
Deadline for Application: May 12 (Wednesday)
Date of Notification: On or close to May 14 (Friday)
*Application Checklist
When applying, please include the following information:
1. Name of the workshop and date you wish to attend
2. Number of people who wish to attend
3. Names (including furigana) and ages of all members in your group
4. Postal code and address
5. Telephone number of a contact person
6. Fax number
*For Applications, Please Contact:
National Museum of Ethnology, Information Planning Division, Section of “Workshops for Water and Vessels”
Fax: 06-6878-7523
e-mail:workshop@idc.minpaku.ac.jp
*We will notify applicants about the results of their applications.
*We will not use the private information provided by the applicants for any other purpose.
Inquiries About Workshops
National Museum of Ethnology, Information Planning Division
Telephone: 06-6878-8532
Hours of Operation: Weekdays (Mon-Fri) 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.