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A Disaster-Prevention Learning Facility in Japan's Kansai Region

This video is titled "Evolving Disaster Prevention Learning Facility" (進化する防災学習施設), created by "SankaiNews." It introduces three disaster prevention learning facilities in the Kansai region.
The three facilities introduced are The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution" in Chuo Ward (中央区, Chuo-ku),Kobe City (神戸市, Kobe-shi), "Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center" in Minami Ward (南区, Minami-ku), Kyoto City (京都市, Kyoto-shi) and "Abeno Tasukaru (Abeno Disaster Prevention Learning Center)" in Abeno Ward(阿倍野区,Abenoku), Osaka City (大阪市, Osaka-shi).

One of the main features of these Disaster Prevention Learning Centers is that you can experience a simulation of earthquakes or tsunamis.
You can learn the terror of earthquakes and how to react when one happens, through this realistic experience.
Be sure to check out what these experience look like in the video.

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

"The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution" in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture(兵庫県,Hyogo-ken) is introduced at the beginning of the video.
This facility was made for people to learn, and experience disasters, and to raise awareness about disaster prevention and mitigation in response to the Great Awaji-Hanshin Earthquake.

The "Tsunami Evacuation Experience Corner," shown at the beginning of the video, was built in 2017.
You can experience the difficulty of walking during a tsunami by wearing walking equipment that puts weight on your feet, surrounded by a live-action film of Takase Town (高瀬町, Takase-cho), in Japan's Shikoku region (四国地方, Shikoku-chiho), which is expected to be hit with floods and tsunamis when the Nankai Trough Earthquake hits, as well as 3D-footage of a tsunami.
Experiencing how difficult it can be to walk through the water pressure of a rushing tsunami can help you understand the need to evacuate as soon as possible.

Through videos and storytellers, the experiences and lessons of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake are being passed on to the next generation.

Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center

Up next is the Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center
The earthquake experience room is introduced at 1:25 in the video.
The video shows an emergency earthquake warning, and the monitor shows the expected seismic intensity, allowing you to experience the 6.8-magnitude Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake and the 7.3-magnitude Hanshin-Awaji earthquake.
It’s a practical and useful experience, where you can experience taking cover under a desk, and learn the actions you need to take when evacuating your home.
This video shows parents and children experiencing an earthquake.
In this way, children can also learn what to do in the event of a disaster.

There is also a video experience corner, a strong wind experience corner, an evacuation experience corner, a firefighting corner, an urban flood experience corner, a general training corner, and a safe living corner.

Abeno Tasukaru (Abeno Disaster Prevention Learning Center)

The last facility we'll touch on is the Abeno Tasukaru (Abeno Disaster Prevention Learning Center), which was renovated in April 2019.
"City of Debris," where you can experience the dangers of walking in a post-earthquake city, is shown through buildings wrecked by earthquakes and projection mapping.

As you can see in the video, an extremely realistic town is reproduced.
By experiencing windows shattering and signs falling, you can know what to watch out for when evacuating.
There's also the "Osaka Disaster Prevention Information Station" where you can learn about the potential dangers of disasters all over Osaka City.

There's also Tasukaru Theater, and you can learn about disaster mitigation, firefighting, smoke, tsunami evacuation, evacuation support, rescue, preparedness, first aid, experience a seismic intensity 7 earthquake, and more.

Summary of Disaster Prevention Centers in the Kansai Region

Japan was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016, and the affected areas are still recovering.
As you can see in the video, disaster prevention learning facilities that allow people to learn to prepare for future earthquakes, while preserving the memory of past earthquakes, have become more realistic in recent years.

When the time comes, you are most likely to panic and not know how to act.
When it comes to an emergency, it is possible to panic and not know what to do. By simulating these facilities, you are more likely to be able to act calmly.
We encourage you to visit the facility to see what they are like and to think about sharing the dangers of, and preparing for the dangers of future disasters.

◆The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution・Facility Information◆
【Address】1 Chome-5-2 Wakinohamakaigandori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0073
【Access】A 10 minute walk from Hanshin Electric Railway's Iwaya Station and Kasuganomichi Station.
【Hours】Adults: 600 yen, University Students: 450 yen, High School Students and under: Free (※As of January 2020)
【Hours】9:30〜17:30
【Closures】Mondays (When Monday is a holiday, the next weekday is closed)
【Parking】Available. There is a toll of 250 yen per hour.
【Telephone】078-262-5050

◆Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center・Facility Information◆
【Address】7 Nishikujo Sugatacho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, 601-8445
【Access】An 8 minute walk from Kintetsu Jujo Station
【Admission fee】Free
【Hours】9:00~17:00
【Closures】Mondays (When Monday is a holiday, the next weekday is closed)
【Parking】Available
【Telephone】075-662-1849

◆Abeno Tasukaru (Abeno Disaster Prevention Learning Center)・Facility Information◆
【Address】3 Chome-13-23 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, 545-0052
【Access】A 3 minute walk from Abeno Station on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line
【Admission fee】Free
【Hours】10:00~18:00
【Closures】Wednesdays・Last Thursday of the month
【Parking】Available. 18 spots are provided for free.
【Telephone】06-6643-1031

【Official Website】Future of People and Disaster Prevention Center
http://www.dri.ne.jp/en

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Sep. 15, 2020
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Learn the True Terror of an Earthquake by Actually Experiencing One! Introducing a Disaster-Prevention Learning Facility in the Kansai Region, Where You Can Learn to Be Prepared for When an Earthquake Strikes!
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