Ms. Meng, Mr. Ono and I (Chen G.), three of us attended the 15th JSM
(Japanese Society of Maintenology, 日本保全学会) conference, held in Hakata, Fukuoka, from July 10th to 12th.
Since that was my first time to leave Sendai and visit any other city in Japan,
I really expected this journey and elaborately prepared everything before the departure.
And the experience in Hakata also proved that it was indeed an unforgettable trip.
We arrived in Hakata on July 10th, by the time there was an ongoing festival in Hakata - Yamakasa Matsuri. After transacting the check-in procedure, we went out to have lunch and wandered around our hotel.
Ms. Meng and Mr. Ono went to a themed restaurant in Canal city, a shopping mall in Hakata.
July 11th, the real deal of the conference. We participated in the student session, in which both oral presentation and poster presentation were requested to be performed. In the oral session, Mr. Ono took the lead and delivered the presentation first, then followed by Ms. Meng, while I was the fourth (Totally ten). The poster session commenced immediately after oral session. By the way, answering questions from the specialists with my elementary school level Japanese is so challengeable.
The convivial party (懇親会). Prof. Takagi delivered a speech. And we met Mr. Tezuka and Ms. He from Takagi Laboratory at the buffet banquet.
On July 12th, Five students from Tohoku University, Mr.Aihara from Yokohama National University and Mr.Nagata from Kyushu Univeristy traveled Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.
Strange ‘Ema’(絵馬), probably written/drawn by a small child.
After that we returned to the Fukuoka International congress center, the conference venue, to attend the award ceremony. The top excellence award went to Mr. Tezuka. And it was so lucky for me to be awarded the excellence award, so surprising and I felt everything paid off. We met Prof. Hashizume after the ceremony, and professor gave us some tutorials.
We saw Yamakasa Matsuri by coincidence on our way back to the hotel.
In the evening, since there is no stressful or mandatory task, we split up to visit what we wanted to see. Ms. Meng and Mr. Ono went to several spots: night fair (屋台), Fukuoka tower and some other places.
Before coming to Hakata, I watched a Japanese animation called ‘Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens’. The main stage of the story is set in Hakata, so I decided to witness and ‘reproduce’ some sceneries in the animation.
On July 13th, we moved together and wandered around the city on foot. It’s much hotter in Hakata, possibly because of its latitude. In the afternoon, we got on board and returned to Sendai with some souvenirs!