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Lab Café Special featuring Search Project - "Touring Osaka's Active Fault"

2016-6-25 (Sat) 13:00 - 15:00

The Uemachi Plateau paints a gentle line across eastern Osaka City. This plateau runs all the way from the Chuo ward in the north, where Osaka Castle is located, to the Sumiyoshi ward in the south, which is known for the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, and was said to be born from the activity of the "Uemachi fault," which stretches 42 km from north to south, splitting the Osaka Plain. The Uemachi fault is considered to have the highest risk of seismic activity in the Kinki region, but what kind of activity from this active fault line over the years has shaped the geography of Osaka today? Associate Profesor SAIKI Kazuto of Osaka Univeristy, who researches the relationship between planetary activity and disasters, has invited HIRONO Tetsurou, also from Osaka University and expert in the field of active fault research, as a guest commentator as we visit the traces of the active fault line on which Osaka is positioned and get a sense for the disasters which are a part of daily life.


SAIKI Kazuto (Planetary geologist/mineralogist; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University)

Guest Commentator

HIRONO Tetsurou (Active fault researcher; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University)

Café Masters

KINOSHITA Chieko, KUBOTA Tetsu, TSUKAHARA Yuya (Steering committee members, Art Area B1)

Meeting place/time

12:50 - Exit No. 5, Subway Tanimachi Line Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka Station


Tel & Fax: 06-6225-4006 (12:00 ~ 19:00/Closed Mondays)

E-mail: (Please entitle your email "Touring Osaka's Active Fault Application"

* Attendance is free; however, fees for transportation must be provided by attendees.

With Support by:

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Science and Technology Communication Promotion Project, "Network Formation Type"

•  Admission starts 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

•  The program may be modified without notice from what is noted on this page.

What is Lab Café?

A major program instituted at Art Area B1, "Lab Café" is designed and implemented by the Center for the Study of Communication-Design. Lab Café is an interactive program in which participants have wide-ranging discussions on a variety of topics. The program aims to make the station a communication space in the arts and academia by taking up various themes in philosophy, art, science and technology and providing the general public with chances to be exposed to expertise on those topics.

What is Art Area B1?

The concourse of the first basement of Naniwabashi Station was set up as Art Area B1 when the Keihan Electric Railway's Nakanoshima Line was opened on October 19, 2008. Since then, the project has aimed to make the station a center of artistic communication.

Date: 2016-6-25 (Sat) 13:00 - 15:00
Organizer: Art Area B1 (Osaka University, NPO Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway)
Sponsored: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Science and Technology Communication Promotion Project, "Network Formation Type"
Venue: Between Shitennoji and Nipponbashi
Registration: Registration by email is required for this seminar.
Contact: Art Area B1

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