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THEME FOR FEBRUARY
Exploring Space

Japan’s fascination with outer space is recorded in its earliest literature and is evident today in fields as varied as fashion, amateur stargazing and traditional rocket making. Japan’s expertise in satellite manufacturing and space exploration meanwhile is attracting the attention of the world. All of the above come under the “telescope” in this month’s issue of HighlightingJapan, “Exploring Space.”

FEATURES

Space Exploration to Protect Earth

An interview with Wakata Koichi, astronaut and Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Unraveling the Origins of Earth and Life

Hayabusa2 has completed its mission on the asteroid Ryugu and is en route back to Earth. We interview JAXA Mission Manager Yoshikawa Makoto.

Microsatellites as Social Infrastructure

A Japanese manufacturer of microsatellites is creating Earth observation systems with multiple commercial applications.

A Literary History of the Heavens

Heavenly bodies have been popular topics in Japanese literature since its earliest days.

The Dragon Ascends!

The citizens of Chichibu City in Saitama Prefecture maintain a centuries-old tradition of making and launching Ryusei rockets.

Beautiful Starry Skies Inside

A Japanese company has been producing state-of-the-art planetariums for close to 100 years.

A Town with Bountiful Twinkling Stars

The clear skies of Bisei Town in Okayama Prefecture make it a popular destination for stargazing

SoraFes: Sharing a Sense of Wonder

An outer-space-themed festival in Kyoto and Tokyo is pulling in the crowds.

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The Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty the Emperor

 

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