A one-day excursion to Awaji and Akashi for international students was held on Sunday, October 27. The group of 35 international students visited Nojima Fault Preservation Museum. At this museum, an active fault, which was a primary factor for triggering the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, has been preserved intact. Seeing preserved fault, house and having a simulated experience of the great earthquake brought them a vivid memory of the earthquake and an opportunity to raise their disaster awareness.
Afterward, they enjoyed a beautiful view, seeing Awaji Island from the foot of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and visited Bridge Exhibition Center to learn its construction record and technology. Various exhibition of Japan's most advanced civil engineering technology and design method drew the interests from the international students.
Moreover, they walked the Maiko Marine Promenade located just underneath the bridge, and felt its dynamism and sensitive technology.
Throughout this excursion, the participants spent a meaningful time learning Japan's experience of earthquake and its advanced bridge-building technology. They also enjoyed a beautiful view and developed their good relationships with each other.