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Dr. Goto to Present ‘Stars in the Land of the Rising Sun’

August 6, 2015, 10:01 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:19 PM
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Dr. Akira Gota, a Professor of Anthropology at Nanzan University in Japan, will present a talk at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center that takes a look at Japanese star lore as a complex mixture of animism, Buddhism, Shinto-isn, Confucianism, and folk beliefs.

The talk, titled “Stars in the Land of the Rising Sun,” will take place on Friday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.

During the presentation, Dr. Goto will discuss a range of topics, including: the practical use of star lore by Japanese farmers and fishermen, folk customs and rituals surround stars, and legends of fallen stars and historical interpretations.

Dr. Goto is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He helped to develop content for the Oceanic Culture Museum & Planetarium in Okinawa.

In addition, Dr. Goto authored a variety of materials on ethnoarchaeology and the intersection between astronomy and anthropology. He also served as the Vice President of the Nippon Voyaging Association.

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Interested attendees can purchase tickets in advance at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center front desk, or by phone by calling 969-9703.

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Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members.

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