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Social Programs

1. Welcome Reception
Date and Time: November 28, 2006 (Tue) 18:30-20:30
Free of charge for all registrants


The Welcome Reception will be held at Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima near the symposium venue.

2. Symposium Banquet
Date and Time: November 30, 2006 (Thu) 18:30-20:30
Free of charge for all registrants


The Symposium Banquet will be held at ANA Hotel Hiroshima near the symposium venue


3. Symposium Tour
Date and Time: December 1, 2006 (Fri) 08:00-17:00 (See the Time schedule)
Free of charge for all registrants (reservation in advance is required)


The tour will start at the A-Bomb Dome, ruins of the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The hall was completely burned and gutted by the atomic-bombing on August 6, 1945, and yet remains to this day as a witness of the past appealing for world peace. It quitely stands in the corner of the Peace Memorial Park, where the International Conference Center, Hiroshima, our symposium venue, is located. The A-Bomb Dome, along with Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, was registered on the UNESCO Wolrd Cultural Heritage List at the World Heritage Committee meeting held in December 1996.

The tour will proceed to the National Research Institute of Fisheries and Environment of Inland Sea, Fisheries Research Agency, at which various research and studies on red tide, water pollution, and fisheries management for fish and mollusks have been conducted.

The tour's final destination Miyajima or "Shrine Island" was once called Itsukushima, meaning "the island of divine worship." Awe-struck by the beauty of the island, people in ancient times revered the whole island. As the worshippers increased in number and rising warlords patronized the island, permanent shrine facilities were set up and dedicated to sea guardian deities, eventually forming the present Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. The celebrated Shinto Shrine, built out over the sea with a huge Torii gate standing on the seabed, is a must to visit. At high tide the edifice looks like floating in the water, while at low tide you can walk to the Torii. Numerous deer, messengers of the deities, roam about freely. Grilled oystrers for take-out are one of Miyajima delicacies.