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“SNOW CRYSTALS ARE LETTERS FROM HEAVEN”

This is the trademark poetic words of Ukichiro Nakaya(1900~1962) who is famous as a scientist of snow and ice as well as a science writer. Captivated by the enchanting beauty of snow, Dr.Nakaya began to study snow crystals in early 1930s at the University of Hokkaido. His excellent achievement was the first production of artificial snow crystals in a cold room laboratory there. Besides the research on snow and ice, his activities expanded to write popular essays on science. Above is a phrase in his early work “Yuki(Snow)”, which described meanings of his discovery on the shapes of snow crystals. He had contributed also for the progress of science movies in Japan.
Several films such as “Snow Crystals” and “Frost Flowers” are pioneering work in science documentaries in late 1930s and early 1940s In 1994, Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice was established in his home Town, Katayamazu, City of Kaga. It is not only for commemorating his great achievements in the science of snow and ice, but also for encouraging young people to study science, through various displays as movies, many photographs, old and new experimental devices and personal mementos.

STRUCTURE(Archiect:Arata Isozaki)

Overlooking Shibayama Lagoon and Mt. Hakusan in distance,the museum building is characterized with three hexagonal towers imaging Snow Crystal shape. Walking on the wide gentle slope at the front, visitors can enjoy changing view of environment.