"The End of the World – 73 Questions We Must Answer" Exhibition

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

poster for "The End of the World – 73 Questions We Must Answer" Exhibition

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Everything comes to an end. Human lives, nature, civilization—even our universe. In spite of this, our busy schedules have left us little room for contemplation of "endings."

The disastrous Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, reminded us that even the most peaceful, tranquil days may be brought to an end. We have come to the realization that our lives, bolstered by science and technology, are frail and fleeting.

In light of the immediacy of such "endings," let us consider what we should cherish in our lives and how we should live side-by-side with science and technology. It is important for everyone to have their own answers. This exhibition, held a year after the disastrous earthquake, attempts to present visitors with the opportunity to approach these questions head-on.

Once you enter the exhibition, you are greeted by a variety of questions informed by a wide spectrum of thought. Guided by scientific topics that act as helpful hints, visitors will engage in dialogue with themselves, discuss the questions with friends and family, peek at each other's answers, and work their way through all 73 questions. After all the questions have been answered, it should become readily apparent what is important to you.

Out of this knowledge of "endings," we will find the hope to keep on living. The story that begins with an "ending" begins now.

The exhibition's key visual was specially designed by Takashi Taima, an illustrator whose work is found in numerous magazines. Mr. Taima has offered his own "The End of the World" that is stylish and vibrant, yet brings back fond memories, in only the way he can.

Additionally, before the exhibition officially opens, we will be making a special website to highlight the opinions of prominent individuals from across the spectrum—from science and literature to business—on what "endings" look like to them. Visitors are also able to submit comments.


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From 2012-03-10 To 2012-06-11



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