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Daicon
The Nihon SF Taikai (日本SF大会, Japan
Japan
SF Convention) is an annual science fiction convention held in Japan. Each of these conventions is officially the Nth Nihon SF Taikai (第N回日本SF大会), but they are more popularly known by the official nicknames given to them based on their locations, e.g. TOKON (when it is held in Tokyo) or DAICON (when it is held in Osaka). Each year the Nihon SF Taikai attracts between 1,000 and 1,500 science fiction fans
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Science Fiction
Science
Science
fiction (often shortened to SF or sci-fi) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Science
Science
fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a "literature of ideas".[1] It usually avoids the supernatural, unlike the related genre of fantasy
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Matsushima
Matsushima
Matsushima
(松島) is a group of islands in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. There are some 260 tiny islands (shima) covered in pines (matsu) – hence the name – and is ranked as one of the Three Views of Japan. Nearby cultural properties include Zuigan-ji, Entsū-in, Kanrantei, and the Satohama shell mound.Contents1 Views1.1 Four views of Matsushima 1.2 Cruise2 Transportation 3 2011 Tōhoku earthquake 4 Activities 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksViews[edit] Four views of Matsushima[edit] There are four well-known spots to view the Matsu
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Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Hiroshima
(広島市, Hiroshima-shi, Japanese: [çiɾoɕima]) is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima Prefecture
and the largest city in the Chūgoku region
Chūgoku region
of western Honshu
Honshu
- the largest island of Japan. Hiroshima, a name meaning "Broad Island", gained city status on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1980, Hiroshima
Hiroshima
became a designated city. As of August 2016[update], the city has an estimated population of 1,196,274
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Mars
Mars
Mars
is the fourth planet from the Sun
Sun
and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System
Solar System
after Mercury. In English, Mars
Mars
carries a name of the Roman god of war, and is often referred to as the "Red Planet"[14][15] because the reddish iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance that is distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye.[16] Mars
Mars
is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon
Moon
and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth. The rotational period and seasonal cycles of Mars
Mars
are likewise similar to those of Earth, as is the tilt that produces the seasons
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Nagano-ken
Nagano
Nagano
Prefecture (長野県, Nagano-ken) is a landlocked prefecture of Japan
Japan
located in the Chūbu region
Chūbu region
on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital is the city of Nagano.[2] Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited. Nagano
Nagano
has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures
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Makuhari Messe
Makuhari Messe (幕張メッセ) is a Japanese convention center outside Tokyo, located in the Mihama-ku ward of Chiba city, in the northwest corner of Chiba prefecture. Designed by Fumihiko Maki, it is easily accessible by Tokyo's commuter rail system. Makuhari is the name of the area, and Messe is a German language
German language
word meaning "trade fair". The convention center opened on October 9, 1989. It hosts many high-technology events. Makuhari Messe is conveniently close to Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disney Resort
in Urayasu, and to Chiba prefecture's black sand beaches. It is easily accessible from Kaihimmakuhari station on the Keiyō Line
Keiyō Line
of East Japan
Japan
Railway Company (JR East)
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Chiba, Chiba
Chiba (千葉市, Chiba-shi, Japanese: [tɕiꜜba]) is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It sits about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of the center of Tokyo
Tokyo
on Tokyo
Tokyo
Bay.[1] Chiba City became a government-designated city in 1992. In February 2016, its population was 972,861, with a population density of 3,580 people per square kilometer. The city has an area of 271.76 square kilometres (104.93 sq mi). Chiba City is one of the Kantō region's primary seaports, and is home to Chiba Port, which handles one of the highest volumes of cargo in the nation. Much of the city is residential, although there are many factories and warehouses along the coast
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Tamayu, Shimane
Tamayu (玉湯町, Tamayu-chō) was a town located in Yatsuka District, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 6,063 and a density of 164.58 per km². The total area was 36.84 km². On March 31, 2005, Tamayu, along with the towns of Kashima, Mihonoseki, Shimane, Shinji and Yatsuka, and the village of Yakumo (all from Yatsuka District), was merged into the expanded city of Matsue. It is noted for its hot spring, Tamatsukuri Onsen
Tamatsukuri Onsen
(Tamatsukuri meaning making of tama jewelry in ancient times.) The jewelry made there was mined on Mt. Kasensan. Noted for its production of Menou or Agate, a green quartz stone, this stone is one of the three gifts given to each newly crowned Emperor. The Onsen is recognized in the oldest of all Japanese history books. Today, it is a tourist destination for Japanese living in the western part of the country, although it is famous all over Japan
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Shiobara, Tochigi
Shiobara (塩原町, Shiobara-machi) was a town located in Nasu District, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 8,694 and a density of 45.74 persons per km². The total area was 190.07 km². On January 1, 2005, Shiobara, along with city of Kuroiso, and the town of Nishinasuno (also from Nasu District), was merged to create the city of Nasushiobara. External links[edit]Nasushiobara official website (in Japanese)Authority controlWorldCat Identities VIAF: 259916965 NDL: 00372817This Tochigi Prefecture
Tochigi Prefecture
location article is a stub
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Gifu, Gifu
Gifu
Gifu
(岐阜市, Gifu-shi) is a city located in the south-central portion of Gifu
Gifu
Prefecture, Japan, and serves as the prefectural capital. The city has played an important role in Japan's history because of its location in the middle of the country. During the Sengoku period, various warlords, including Oda Nobunaga, used the area as a base in an attempt to unify and control Japan.[5][6] Gifu continued to flourish even after Japan's unification as both an important shukuba along the Edo period
Edo period
Nakasendō[7] and, later, as one of Japan's fashion centers
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65th World Science Fiction Convention
Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) and the 46th Annual Nihon SF Taikai, was held in Yokohama, Japan from 30 August - 3 September 2007, at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center and adjoining hotels. The organising committee was chaired by Hiroaki Inoue
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Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu
(浜松市, Hamamatsu-shi, lit. "Coast Pine
Pine
Tree") is a city located in western Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of March 1, 2018, the city had an estimated population of 795,350, making it the prefecture's largest city and a population density of 510 persons per km2. The total area was 1,558.06 km2 (601.57 sq mi). On July 1, 2005, Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu
absorbed the cities of Tenryū and Hamakita, the town of Haruno (from Shūchi District), the towns of Hosoe, Inasa and Mikkabi (all from Inasa District), the towns of Misakubo and Sakuma, the village of Tatsuyama (all from Iwata District), and the towns of Maisaka and Yūtō (both from Hamana District) to become the current and expanded city of Hamamatsu
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Edogawa, Tokyo
Edogawa (江戸川区, Edogawa-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. It takes its name from the Edo River
Edo River
that runs from north to south along the eastern edge of the ward. In English, it uses the name Edogawa City. The easternmost of the wards, it shares boundaries with the cities of Urayasu and Ichikawa in Chiba Prefecture
Chiba Prefecture
(to the east) and with the wards of Katsushika
Katsushika
(to the north), Sumida and Kōtō (to the west). It meets the city of Matsudo in Chiba at a point. Edogawa has a sister-city relationship with Gosford, New South Wales, Australia. Domestically, it has friendship ties with the cities of Azumino in Nagano Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture
and Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture. As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 682,418, and a population density of 13,680 persons per km²
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Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Shizuoka (静岡市, Shizuoka-shi, [ɕizɯꜜoka]) SHē-zo͞o-ōkä is the capital city of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, and the prefecture's second-largest city in both population and area. It has been populated since prehistoric times. The city's name is made up of two kanji, 静 shizu, meaning "still" or "calm"; and 岡 oka, meaning "hill(s)".[2] In 1869, Shizuoka Domain was first created out of the older Sunpu Domain, and that name was retained when the city was incorporated in 1885. In 2003, Shizuoka merged with Shimizu City (now Shimizu Ward), briefly becoming the largest city by land area in Japan
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Yūbari, Hokkaidō
Yūbari (夕張市, Yūbari-shi) is a city located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. As of April 30, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 8,612, with 5,030 households.[1] The total area is 763.20 km². Hemmed in by mountains Yūbari stretches for 25 kilometers along a mountain valley. The city is famous for the Yubari Melon
Yubari Melon
and the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, which skipped a show in 2006 due to the city's financial crisis.[2]Contents1 History 2 Geography 3 Education3.1 High School 3.2 Junior High School 3.3 Elementary School4 Transportation4.1 Rail 4.2 Road 4.3 Bus5 Sister city 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External linksHistory[edit] The city was founded on April 1, 1943 as a coal mining town. When the mines were operating Yūbari had as many as 120,000 people. With the closing of the mines in the 1980s, an attempt was made to convert the economic base to tourism
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