Chiba Museum of Science and Industry

I went to the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry. My purpose was to learn about the industries of Chiba, especially, electricity, oil, and steel. The explanations on the panels and in the videos were highly informative and easy to understand. Besides, there were miniature models of a power plant, an oil refinery, and ironworks, which further helped me understand the history of how electricity and materials have been produced.

The exhibits on the second floor are about the history of industry. I enjoyed learning about oil and steel. The exhibits on the first floor are divided into two areas. The first one is to introduce the latest technology. I was especially interested in electronics and new materials. The second area is called the experimental plaza. It provides hands-on exhibits to teach scientific principles visually. It was especially fun to see how a water vortex was created in a huge transparent cylinder.

My visit was an absolutely fulfilling experience satisfying my curiosity. I came home with excitement about my new knowledge.

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Brewery tour

I joined a factory tour of Kirin Beer Kobe Factory. Now I feel as if I were familiar with beer, although I can’t drink any alcohol because of my alcohol intolerance.

First, I leaned about the main ingredients of Kirin Ichiban: water, yeast, hop, and malted barley. Second, I learned about the brewing process, including mashing, lautering, boiling, and fermentation. Third, I learned how large each storage tank was. Finally, I saw the packaging line. I was attracted to a high speed canning line. It was sealing 2,000 cans of beer per minute!

Can filler
Bottle filler

I enjoyed the brewery tour very much. If I had been able to drink alcohol, I would have enjoyed it even more!

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Boeing 787 (2): Wings and fuselage

At the museum “Flight of Dreams,” I explored in, under, and around the airplane, looking at the 787 Dreamliner Explorer app, downloaded on my smartphone.

The wings are made of CFRP. They are durable and flexible.


Landing and taxi lights at the wing root


Raked wingtip


Slats, flaps, and flap support fairings


Fuel tank


Flaps and flaperon


Fuel dump outlet and ailerons


Krueger flaps

I took a close look at the fuselage, and paid attention to the protruding parts.


Cabin air compressor inlet


Pressure relief vents and static ports


Ice detectors


AOA sensor, TAT sensor, and pitot tube

I fully enjoyed my exploration. The app was very informative and helpful. After getting home, I created a notebook dedicated to Boeing 787. I wrote down what I had learned in the museum, and transcribed the contents of the app. I will continue to study about airplanes with this notebook.

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Boeing 787 (1): Engines, landing gears, rudder, and elevators

At the museum “Flight of Dreams,” I enjoyed different exhibits. In particular, I liked the museum’s app “787 Dreamliner Explorer.” I used it to guide me to locate different parts of the airplane. I found all the 63 parts listed on the app, and won a prize. Now I can tell the positions and functions of each part. I took many pictures of the airplane from different angles. 


Engine fan blades with a spinner cone


Jet engine nacelle


Exhaust nozzle


Wheels and tires


Landing gear retraction system


Strut door


Nosewheel steering actuator, landing lights and taxi lights


Vertical stabilizer and rudder


Horizontal stabilizer and elevator

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