Introducing Local Flavor at LCWS 2016 (Heian Costumes with Oshu City)

The original article was published in the Tanko Nichinichi. Read the original here.

The Linear Collider Workshop (LCWS) 2016, an international conference on the ILC and other future linear colliders, started this December 5th. At the main venue for this conference, Aiina, which is outside the west exit of Morioka Station, the All-Iwate Fair was held to convey the great points of this prefecture. There will also be an exhibit of companies, especially those in the manufacturing industries, starting on the 6th. Both will be open and available to see for anyone, not only researchers, until the 8th.

At the All-Iwate Fair, which is on the 4th floor of Aiina, there are PR booths including a joint booth for the ILC candidate site of Oshu City, Ichinoseki City and Kesennuma City, along with Hiraizumi Town. Other booths show what groups working to invite the ILC have done up until now, how local areas hit by the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami and/or by Typhoon Lionrock are recovering, and more.

At the joint candidate site booth, there was a corner to experience wearing historical costumes from the Heian era, when the Oshu-Fujiwara clan was active. The costumes were borrowed from Esashi Fujiwara no Sato. The booth for the ILC Support Committee, which is composed from international residents living in Iwate, showed videos from the “Oshu for You” series which introduces local sights.

Additionally, students from Iwate Prefectural  University’s Software and Information Department showed a virtual reality system where users could see 3D information about the ILC using a headset. The students in charge of the system said, “Our university president Dr. Atsuto Suzuki is an ILC expert and is extremely active, so we’re working to meet that level.”

Starting on the 6th, on Aiina’s 8th floor, there will be an exhibit from 50 companies within and without the prefecture. Both the All-Iwate Fair and company exhibit are free of charge to enter (some products sold at booths). Anyone can come to see these exhibits.

The All-Iwate Fair is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. The industrial exhibition is open from 11 am to 5 pm on the 6th, and from 10 am to 4 pm on the 7th and 8th (panel exhibits only on the 8th).