Distinguished UH alumna to discuss decoding rocks and words of ancient Japan

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Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo hosts a public lecture by retired Cal State Professor of Systems Engineering Dr. Harriet Natsuyama on megaliths and writing systems of Hinomoto, ancient Japan. Her talk will be held on Wednesday, February 1 at 5:30 p.m. in University Classroom Building Room 100.

The people of Hinomoto created several writing systems full of physics and philosophy, and some of their language continues to survive in modern Japanese. A highly sophisticated megalithic system was also developed to function as a solar calendar observatory, which is still keeping track of time deep in the Hida Mountains of central Japan.

ÔÇťDecoding Rocks and Words of Hinomoto: Hidden Wisdom of Space and TimeÔÇŁ will examine the knowledge and wisdom contained in the ancient rocks and words which were recently uncovered and decoded after being hidden from view for thousands of years.

Natsuyama is a 1991 Distinguished Alumna of the University of Hawai╩╗i at Manoa and holds a Doctor of Science degree in astrophysics from Kyoto University. She has authored six books and 200 papers of applied research in mathematical, physical, and engineering systems. Natsuyama has made more than a dozen field trips to study megaliths and has been studying ancient writing with Japanese language researchers.

Her talk is sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) and UH Foundation. For more information, call 932-7038.

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