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Miraikan Turns Six

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) is six years old. To celebrate their sixth year in operation, the museum is holding an event called “Ransel Meeting”. Ransel is a Dutch word that means “backpack” and it is pronounced “randoseru” (ランドセル) in Japanese. Children in Japanese elementary schools are expected to have a ransel, so it has become a symbol of education in Japan.

The Ransel Meeting at Miraikan is symbolic of the museum turning six years old — the age at which it would enter elementary school if it were a child. The event runs from Saturday, April 7 to Monday, May 14, 2007 and will include exhibits, talks, and demonstrations.

See the Miraikan website for more details.

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