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Tokyo Campus
May 21, 2012

Observing the annular solar eclipse


At seven o’clock in the morning, a group of students came together to observe the annular solar eclipse. This group was comprised of primarily students who lived close to the campus. The annular eclipse that took place on May 21 marked the first time since the Heian period some 932 years before that the eclipse could be seen across such an extensive area of the country. The group of approximately 50 participating students gathered at the school thoroughly enjoyed the astronomical event of the century. Due to the special nature of this occasion, Tokyo Soka Junior High School delayed the start of classes for one hour to provide all students with ample time to safely and comfortably watch the solar eclipse. In addition, the school also gave all the students special glasses and an observation report book the day before the eclipse. The basic policy of the school was to encourage students to observe the eclipse at home with their parents, hoping that the occasion would help students create lasting memories with their families and build anticipation towards the next eclipse in 2030.
On the day of the eclipse, the sun began to gradually wane from about 6:30. At around 7:35 in the morning, right at the moment the fiery ring of the brilliant annular eclipse broke through the clouds, all the students gathered at the school clapped and cheered. The students were also bedazzled by the crescent-shaped sun generated on the outer wall of the gymnasium by the sunshine that filtered through the leaves.