ILC NEWS from Tohoku

-brought to you by the Tohoku ILC Promotion Council-

Here's the latest news about the local effort for the ILC in Tohoku (northeastern Japan)
KEK’s retracts application to MEXT’s Roadmap; will undergo a trajectory correction

KEK (Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Tsukuba, Ibaraki) has retracted an application for the ILC project to be entered into the Ministry of Science (MEXT)’s Roadmap for large-scale academic research projects; the reasoning being that the state of international cooperation has progressed forward since KEK submitted their application. They will make a trajectory correction to their strategy for realizing the ILC.

On September 8th, MEXT began accepting public comments on the draft for the Roadmap, which is why KEK made their announcement. They submitted their application on February 28th, and withdrew on March 27th.

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Making Ichinoseki a huge producer of Western vegetables!

Many of these vegetables are just about ripe for the picking, so we decided to take a visit to the Ichinoseki City Southern Agricultural Technology Development Center where they’ve been growing these veggies, as well as the Asahiya Restaurant which held a tasting using these vegetables last year.
We first dropped by the agricultural center to see the fields as well as interview the people involved. Western veggies were growing even at the front entrance by the road, showing off their project to the people who pass by.

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Cooking with Western vegetables!
One of my favorite words in the Japanese language is “osusowake (お裾分け)” which rougly refers to the act of passing along your extra good blessings to others in your life. In reality, this means that if you’ve got a ton of tomatoes in your garden and you can’t possibly eat them all, you give them out to your friends, family, and neighbors. The vegetables grown at the Ichinoseki City Southern Agricultural Technology Development Center are just for research purposes, and can’t be sold, so instead of letting them go to waste, they blessed me with a huge bounty of kale, eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes.
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Experience BMX in Ofunato!

What is BMX?
Have you ever heard of BMX (bicycle motocross)?
BMX is a cycling sport that was created in the US in the 1970’s, that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
In a BMX race, the athletes need to demonstrate superior cycling techniques and balance, in addition to a strategic approach to the other athletes.

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Spanning a length of more than 1,000 kilometers, the Michinoku Coastal Trail in Tohoku, Japan runs along the majestic Pacific Ocean.
The trees of the forest awaken from their slumber. These are scenes from spring to fall, brimming with new life. Plants and trees grow lush with foliage, people join in passionate festivals and fields of grain are ready for harvest. As hikers move throughout the changing seasons, each person continues to weave the tapestry of their life, continuing on their journey on foot while cherishing Tohoku’s scenery and people met along the way. (Filmed in areas between Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture and Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture.)

About Tohoku ILC Promotion Council

This conference, consisting of industry, academic, and government representatives, has been established to promote basic scientific research and to deepen the understanding of the International Linear Collider, as well as to research and maintain the environment during ILC installation.
That's the news for this month! As always, feel free to send us any questions about local activities for the ILC, life in the region, or about working in Japan.

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