Museum chronicles space history July 15, 2012
YOKOHAMA — An exhibition on the history of space exploration as reported by newspapers opened Saturday at the Japan Newspaper Museum in Yokohama.

The events covered by newspaper extras and photos from the period include the first manned space flight by the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin, feats by Japanese astronauts and the 2010 return to Earth of the Hayabusa space probe. Also on display are model rockets, spacesuits and space rations.

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Hideo Itokawa, considered the father of Japanese rocket development. An asteroid examined by the Hayabusa probe was named after Itokawa, who died in 1999.

Admission to the exhibition is ¥500 for adults and college students, ¥300 for high school students and free for everyone else. The event runs through Sept. 23


Official website: (Japanese) in English here

About the museum:

Yokohama Media and Communications Center

Yokohama Media and Communications Center is directly connected to Nihon-odori Station Exit 3. This Center was specifically built to preserve Yokohama’s rich media and communications history and to use it as a base for the city’s media industry. The basement and first floors of the building are a shopping plaza with a wide variety of shops. The 6th and 7th floors have a Seminar Hall and Conference Rooms with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and movable seating systems. The 11th and 12th floors are rented office floors. The other floors are the major attractions of the complex.

The 2nd to 5th floors of Yokohama Media and Communications Center is Newspark or the Japan Newspaper Museum. Established by the Japan Newspaper Foundation for Education & Culture in Yokohama in October 2000, the museum depicts the history of newspapers in Japan, starting from the first paper to the present day ones, including their production processes. On display are all the different newspapers, replicas of old printing machines, Japan’s original printing blocks from the Meiji period, besides many different pictures and documents. The Japan Newspaper Museum is an interesting and delightful experience for all those interested in the newspaper industry. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The museum is closed on Mondays. Entry is 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for senior citizens, 300 yen for high school students, and for children entry is free.

On the 8th to 10th floors of Yokohama Media and Communications Center is Broadcast Library. Opened in October 2000, Broadcast Library contains all the programs that have already been broadcast on television. There are over 6000 old television programs of every genre, starting from the very first television broadcast, which have all been digitized. Viewing of these programs is possible through booths from a video server and DVD players. TAO’s gigabit network has also been set up through which viewers in Osaka can also watch the programs from special booths set up there. Various other exhibits related to the old programs are also on display at the Library. The Broadcast Library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Mondays. Admission is free.

Tel:   045-661-2040       Fax:045-661-2029

Admission and Access:

Get off at Nihon Odori sta. on the Minato Mirai line, or Kannai sta. on the JR line and Yokohama City Subway