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05/31/2012

Eclipse

Earlier this month, Tokyo experienced a rare annular eclipse, also called the ring of fire due to the ring of  light of the sun that remains during the eclipse. Tokyo has not seen an eclipse in 173 years, so this was not only a special moment for Japan but also for the world.

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This was my first eclipse as well! Similar to hanami, or sakura blossom viewing, a large amount of the dorm students went to the roof of our building at around 7:15am for a viewing party of the eclipse. Many people had special glasses that you were supposed to purchase and wear to protect your eyes from the sun's rays.

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With the naked lens of a camera, the brightness of the sun prevents you from seeing the entire eclipse. Luckily clouds began to pass overhead, so you were able to make out the actual eclipse (although we probably should not have looked directly at it- still dangerous and harmful to your eyes). 

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It was early, so there wasn't too much involved with our little viewing party- many people were still in pajamas, or eating breakfast; however, it was a very cool and unique experience most people will never get to have. Who knew it'd be halfway around the world when I'd finally get to see an eclipse!

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 I hope everyone else got a good look at the sun that day! Such a simple event in my life, but here in Japan everything is a party- viewing flowers, the moon, the sun. It's a great reminder to treat life like this back in America as well!

 

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