The Nakaya Ukichiro Snow and Ice Museum 中谷宇吉郎雪の科学館

  • Published on : 24/07/2018
  • by : S.V.
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“Snow is a letter sent from heaven”

 

In Ishikawa Prefecture, Kaga City is home to the quirky and captivating Nakaya Ukichiro Snow and Ice Museum. A native of Kaga, this physicist specializing in glaciology was the first man in the world to have created artificial snow in 1936. Discover the secrets of snow and ice!

 

 

The snow falls

A young graduate of the Imperial University of Tokyo in 1925, Ukichiro Nakaya (1900-1962) initially studied electrostatic discharges and X-rays; work that led him to King's College London between 1928 and 1929. It was not until 1930 when he took up his post as a professor at the University of Hokkaido that he began his research on the snow and ice . The scientist is in awe of the beauty of the snowflakes that fall daily in winter and which he contemplates at will. It must be admitted that the region does not lack raw materials!

 

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Ukichiro Nakaya at work in his laboratory

https://kagakuukan.org

 

A gift from heaven

The diagram that he creates from the result of his work, called the "Nakaya diagram", makes it possible to "read" the meteorological information "inscribed" on a crystal of snow. Nakaya indeed demonstrated that it is possible to infer weather conditions in the upper air by observing the morphology of snow crystals on the ground . This inspires the scientist with a very pretty formula “Snow is a letter sent from heaven” .

To discover: Kaga Arts Forest

 

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Nakaya's diagram

http://kagashi-ss.co.jp/yuki-mus

 

Infinite Crystals

The museum is located in a beautiful natural setting ; bordering Lake Shibayama with Mount Haku as a backdrop. A setting that very well inspired the famous architect Arata Isozaki in his creation of three interconnected hexagonal towers. This particular shape is a reference to the hexagonal molecular structure of the snow crystal. This motif is reused for the hexagonal skylights at the top, which also echo the six faces of a snowflake. Outside is the Greenland Stone Garden .

 

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The Greenland Stone Garden

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