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IB Japan Trip 2023

An Unforgettable Encounter: The Essence of Japan Meets the Charm of St Catherine's students!
21 Mar 2024

A group of students studying IB Computer Science and those with a keen interest in technology had the privilege to embark on an educational journey to Tokyo. This trip stands out as one of the most engaging and exhilarating study tours ever organised by the school. Immersed in a city at the forefront of technological advancement, students were inspired by the latest developments in computing and the critical role these innovations play in the modern world.

Tokyo, a city with the dual titles of the world's most technologically advanced urban area and the cultural heart of Japan, provided a stimulating backdrop for our exploration. It is a testament to the city's resilience and forward-thinking that it has flourished despite being devastated twice in the 20th century. Today, Tokyo mesmerises visitors with its embodiment of modernity, combining groundbreaking technology and architecture with the rich traditions and culture of Japan.

The highlight of the trip was attending the Tokyo CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) Show. CEATEC is celebrated for its presentation of the forefront in technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous vehicles. Our students not only observed but actively engaged in the myriad activities, gaining firsthand experience of innovations that are shaping our future. This unique experience not only broadened an understanding of global technological advancements but also highlighted the importance of integrating traditional values with future innovations.


Discover the Spectacle: Where the Main Events and Must-See Wonders Unite!

CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) is one of the largest technology trade shows in Japan, held annually in Tokyo. It is a platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest products, services, and technologies in a variety of fields, including consumer electronics, IT, telecommunications, energy, and transportation. The event attracts a large number of domestic and international visitors, including technology enthusiasts, researchers, engineers, business executives, and government officials. CEATEC is known for showcasing cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous vehicles. The event also features keynote speeches, panel discussions, and demonstrations, offering attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest
industry trends and developments.

● Akihabara Electronic District
Akihabara is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for hundreds of electronic shops, formally known as Akiba by locals. The area has recently undergone some major redevelopment with addition of the Akihabara Crossfield complex aimed for promoting the centre for global electronics technology and trade.

● The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, also known as "Miraikan",is a museum located in Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to promoting public understanding and interest in science and technology, and is one of the leading science museums in Japan. The museum showcases a wide range of interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and multimedia presentations on subjects such as the latest advances in robotics, biotechnology, space exploration, and environmental science. Some of the notable exhibits at the museum include a life-sized replica of the International Space Station, a robot theatre where visitors can see robots in action, and a digital globe that displays real-time environmental data from around the world. The museum also hosts special exhibitions and events, such as workshops, seminars, and lectures, that provide opportunities for visitors to engage with scientists, researchers, and experts in various fields.

● MORI Building Digital Art Museum
It is dedicated to showcasing digital art and interactive exhibits, and is one of the largest digital art museums in the world. The museum features a wide range of immersive, cutting-edge installations that use digital technology to create interactive, multisensory experiences for visitors. Some of the notable exhibitions at the museum include TeamLab Borderless, which is a vast, interconnected digital universe made up of more than 50 interactive installations, and TeamLab Planets which is a series of interconnected, interactive rooms filled with colourful, flowing light and sound.

● Day Trip to Kyoto on the Shinkansen high-speed rail system (Bullet Train) which travels up to speeds of 300 kilometres.
Kyoto is a city located in the central part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It was the imperial capital of Japan for over a thousand years and is known for its rich cultural heritage, including numerous temples, shrines, and palaces that have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Some of the most famous tourist destinations in Kyoto include Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), Ginkaku-ji (the Silver Pavilion), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the temples of the Philosopher's Walk. Kyoto is also known for its traditional arts and crafts, such as woodblock printing, pottery, and tea ceremony, and for its natural beauty, including scenic gardens, parks, and the surrounding hills and forests. The city is a popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors every year who come to experience its unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

● The Sony Plaza 

The Sony Building was opened in Tokyo Ginza in 1966 as an information base for Sony Group products and services. Since then, the Sony Building has shared that technology with multitudes of visitors and has become a Ginzalandmark. The Sony Plaza building enjoys the credit of hosting electronic equipment, devices and gadgets galore. Sony Tower has got a plethora of attractions for its visitors. A complete floor in Sony Tower is dedicated to a showroom which displays the world's latest technologies manufactured by the leading companies of the world. The basement floor has a movie theatre.

● Tokyo Tower 

Standing at 333m, has, since its opening in 1958, been the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower, taller than the Eiffel Tower.

This educational trip to Tokyo was not only a deep dive into the technological marvels of our time, but also an exploration of how these innovations can coexist with and even enhance traditional cultures. Our students returned with not only a greater appreciation for the advancements that are shaping our future but also an understanding of the importance of balancing these with the wisdom and beauty of the past.

From the bustling electronic shops of Akihabara to the serene beauty of Kyoto, the trip encapsulated the essence of Japan's dynamic blend of the old and the new. In essence, the trip Tokyo has inspired our students to think critically about the role of technology in society and its potential to address global challenges. It has sparked a curiosity and enthusiasm for learning that extends beyond the classroom, encouraging them to become not just passive consumers of technology, but active contributors to a future where technology and tradition harmonise.

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