We arrived at the Koriyama Fureai Science Center just in time. The planetarium is situated on the 23rd floor, making it the highest planetarium in the world (Guinness Book of World Records). The view from there was spectacular.
A large picture of the Carl Zeiss Jena Projector in Akashi Municipal Planetarium was displayed at the entrance. When we arrived, there was already a queue of fans who had been eagerly waiting for the show. As you enter, don’t forget to pick up a postcard with the companion robot, Yumemi Hoshino and the Jena projector. Only available while the stock lasts!
We arrived at the Science Center.
A long queue had formed at the entrance.
A large picture of the Jena Projector from Akashi Municipal Planetarium was exhibited.
A video of ‘Planetarian’ was streaming on a monitor at the entrance. It’s the first screening in a planetarium in Japan!
Don’t forget to pick up a postcard with Yumemi and Jena!
The planetarium has one of the biggest domes in Japan. A digital Super Helios Projector was placed in the center of the planetarium. The planetarium has a clean interior and comfortable seats. A staff-member gave us a brief lecture on star constellations and Koriyama city using its full-dome projection! We were enchanted by his eloquent speech and his unique style. The lecturing staff change every day, so you can enjoy a unique lecture each time you visit. Just before the lights of the planetarium were turned off, a message from Keiko Suzuki, the voice actress of Yumemi, was projected on the dome screen. She expressed her delight about the screening.
Finally, the show started. It was a completely new experience to watch an anime on the 360-degree screen of the dome. The story of Yumemi was told again and it reached the most anticipated scene: ‘Yumemi’s Projection.’ Yumemi explains the star constellations of Spring. Although our eyes were fixed on the stars on the dome, we felt as though Yumemi was there at the center of the dome, and if only we just looked down, we would be able to see her standing there. It was an amazing experience.
The front of the projector. The seats were quite comfy.
The control panel. Each planetarium has a different design and therefore attracts the attention of planetarium enthusiasts.