At the Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute
Washington DC (May 18-20, 1996)
Today I went to the Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute,
and spend whole day. I saw many children inside. So I felt that
most of exhibitions were also for children. But there were so
huge real air crafts, rockets, space ships and a lot of films,
videos, about airplanes, spaceships, planets, wars, etc. The
only thing that I was impressed and displeased was exhibitions
about the airplane of World War II, Enola Gay. Enola Gay was
which carried and dropped an atomic bomb into Hiroshima city,
Japan. There was no picture or no films showing the tragedy of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They only show some articles of several
news papers reporting the use of new type of bomb. That is only
a US-side-point-of-view. That is half-truth. Visitors could get
some seriousness of the fact from these exhibitions, though.
I am in the Cafeteria of National Museum of Natural History.
Here, also I can see many children and crowds. I saw almost everything
so far. There are exhibitions of mammals, birds, dinosaurs, live
insects, and cultures of the world. It was great that we can
observe what we had never seen before. Especially I was impressed
by some beautiful birds, some fossils of ages, very big frames
of dinosaurs, and unusual live insects.
From Boston to Chicago
Finally, I am in my apartment in Boston. I got the train for
Boston at the Union Station, Washington D.C. When it arrived
at New York, almost everyone got off the train. I felt it was
very long from New York to Boston. I could not spend a time in
reading, because of jolting. So I was totally boring. I don't
think I am good at getting a train for long time.