Open to all participants who have registered for the 41th PASC. No charge.
1. Welcome cocktail
Offering the opportunity to network before the start of the Annual Meeting, a welcome cocktail for attendees and their guests will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 15 MAY, at The STYLE. (hosted by JSA)
Date and Time
TUESDAY 15 MAY at 18:30
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Leaving from the Okayama Convention Center, a bus has been arranged to transport guests to and from The STYLE (20 min travel time).
2. GALA Dinner
A dinner for participants and their guests will be held on the evening of Wednesday, 16 May, at Okayama Castle. Completed in 1597 after eight years of construction, Okayama Castle is one of Japan’s top 100 castles. After the keep was destroyed in a war, the castle was rebuilt in 1966. Also known as “U-jo (Crow Castle)” for its crow-like black outer wall, Okayama Castle is a popular counterpart to the white outer walls of Himeji Castle. On the second floor, visitors are welcome to dress up as feudal lords or princesses, or have a memorial photo taken while riding a daimyo’s palanquin, a traditional Japanese form of conveyance.
※Participants are advised not to wear heels. Flat shoes are recommended.
Date and Time
WEDNESDAY 16 MAY at 18:00
Leaving from the Okayama Convention Center, a bus has been arranged to transport guests to and from Okayama Castle (20 min travel time).
3. Technical Visits
Seto Ohashi Bridge (AM) & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (PM)
1. Seto Ohashi Bridge Sky Tour (AM)
Seto Inland Sea, sandwiched between Honshu (Japan’s main island) and Shikoku Island, has been designated as a national park, and its beautiful vistas include more than 1,000 islands, large and small. The impressive Great Seto Bridge, which links Okayama and Kagawa, is one of the highlights to be seen here. You can enjoy climbing to the top on the Bridge.
2. Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (PM)
This historical preservation district is home to numerous historical sites and tourist attractions, including Ohara Museum of Art, which was Japan’s first Western art gallery. This town of white-walled storehouses with its richly-preserved old-fashioned atmosphere retains the look of the Edo period (1600 – 1868) and is visited by numerous tourists from Japan and abroad. The Bikan Historical Quarter also offers washoku (Japanese cuisine) restaurants and local confection shops where you can enjoy a more literal taste of Japanese tradition.
Date and Time
FRIDAY 18 MAY at 8:10
Programme of Technical Visits
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|The max. number of tour participants||50 (first-come-first-served basis)|
※PLEASE READ THE NOTE BELOW BEFORE SIGNING UP.
Leaving from the Okayama Convention Center, a bus has been arranged to transport participants to and from Seto Ohashi Bridge and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.
【Seto Ohashi Bridge Sky Tour：Total tour time 90 minutes】
- Max. Number of tour participants : 30
✽Up to 20 people can join the tour in addition if they don’t climb the Bridge.
- Start time: Due to elevator capacity, participants will be divided into two groups with up to 15 people per group. (Start time 9:30)
- Participants requirements
✽The tour is not recommended for participants who have fear of heights, fear of enclosed spaces and hearts diseases.
✽Participants must be able to walk at least 2 km by themselves, climb up and down a vertical ladder with 2 meters high and walk up and down stairs with 20 meters high.
✽The tour might be cancelled due to bad weather.
✽Participants must wear helmets and work gloves (both will be provided).
✽Participants in heels or skirts will be denied participation in the tour for safety reasons.
✽Participants are strongly advised not to carry anything in their pockets (especially chest pockets) which doesn’t fully fit in them.
✽Recording devices such as cameras and mobile phones are allowed. Neck straps are mandatory and will be provided.
✽Participants are strongly advised not to carry anything (e.g. watches, hearing aids, accessories) which is at a risk of falling off.
✽For participants wearing glasses, safety cords are mandatory and will be provided.
✽Participants carrying backpacks or waist bags are strongly advised to make sure that the opening(s) on the bag(s) is/are closed securely to keep the contents from falling out.
✽Much of the tour involves walking above the sea and/or the road. In order to prevent a serious accident, participants MUST NOT drop their belongings (occurrence of such incidents may result in cancellation of all future tours of the bridge offered to the general public).