20. Jan 2023 | News

Glimpse From the Newly Opened Drift Ice Museum

The Drift Ice Museum that was under renovation since October last year, opened today with new attractions.

The refreshed Museum has display panels on the mechanism of the drift ice, the impact of the drift ice to mankind and the affects of global warming in Japanese. They come with QR code readers that link your cell phones to translations in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Korean languages. Recent academic studies on the drift ice are also available in the 5 languages on the 3 information stands.

A room size screen is newly installed to show how it is under the drift ice. Katsunori Seki who is a photographer known for his works on underwater, especially under the drift ice in Shiretoko, explains about the marine creatures through his photos. Comes with English caption on request.

The minus 15 degrees room and the 5-screen movie that had always been popular from the old facilites are still there.

It was a little disappointing that the restaurant expected to open today was not yet ready.

Here’s some pictures from my visit today ☺

Today’s view of snow covered Mt. Shari and the gulf from the Museum window