PSi 2015 TOHOKU Newsletter No.3
The rainy season will soon be here in Tokyo. It usually lasts to mid July. We call this season “Tsuyu”. It literally means “plum rain”, because it coincides with the plum ripening season. Sounds very poetic, but actually it is very humid and damp.
Although “Tsuyu” is a gloomy time, there are some upsides to it. One of them is “Ajisai” (hydrangea) viewing. Hydrangeas change their color depending on the surrounding environment from faint color to blue, pink and deep blue,. Just like performing a magic trick. Their beauty is even accentuated in the rain. Enjoying hydrangeas decorated with raindrops is one attraction before summer heat kicks in.
1. Conference Registration
Online registration is now open. Don’t miss out! Early bird rate is available until 30 June 2015.
Panel and Working Group presenters must register and pay the registration fee no later than 20 July 2015
in order to be included in the final Conference Programme.
2. Working Group Communication Started
We set up Google Groups for the WG online communication. The curators will contact the WG presenters via the Google group and curate pre discussion online. Please contact us at [email protected] if you haven’t received a message from Google Group.
Make your hotel arrangement early to be assured a room at the conference rate.
We have secured rooms at special rates at four hotels near the city centre.
Rates and Accommodation options: http://psi21.portfolio-butoh.jp/travel-guide/accommodation/
Accommodation Booking: http://psi21.portfolio-butoh.jp/travel-guide/booking-request/
We hold a room block at the hotels during the conference dates (August 27th to September 1st).
If you wish to book room outside this period, see the instruction stated in the link below.
4. Cultural visit to Osore-zan (Mt. Osore), 28 August
Registration for the cultural visit to Osore-zan is also open. In this cultural visit, we will look around the precinct with lectures about the history and rituals of Osore-zan. Tour highlights include complimentary “Syojin ryori” lunch, a Buddhist vegetarian cuisine and hot springs. We’ll keep you updated with further details on the tour.
Tour Overview: http://psi21.portfolio-butoh.jp/overview/osorezan-visit/
Tour Registration: http://osorezan-visit.peatix.com/
The tour bus will depart Aomori Station at 09:00am. We recommend that participants plan to arrive at Aomori one day prior to the tour. Both the first train and the first flight from Tokyo arrive at Aomori Station after 10:00am, so you can’t make it for the tour bus.
5. Jomon Site Visit, 30 August
Tour to one of the most famous Jomon ruins in Japan. English speaking guide is available.
Plenary Session to be scheduled on the same day will refer to Jomon ruins. Join the tour and get some background knowledge before the lecture.
Sign up for the tour with the registration ticket from here: http://psi-tohoku.peatix.com/
This ticketed tour is free of charge.