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Friday, June 6, 2003


NYK to reopen maritime museum

Major shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha will reopen its expanded and revamped maritime museum in Yokohama on Saturday, featuring large replicas of 10 of the company's ships, including the prewar trans-Pacific liners Asama Maru, Kamakura Maru and Tatsuta Maru.

The replicas of the Asama Maru and the Kamakura Maru are more than 3 meters long, and there will also be photographs of Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Lou Gehrig and other celebrities taken when they rode the company's ships.

The NYK Maritime Museum is in the Yusen Building at Kaigandori 3-9, Naka-ku, Yokohama, and will be open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except Mondays and the days after national holidays. Admission is 500 yen. A bus from Sakuragi-cho Station stops nearby. For more information, call (045) 211-1924.

Until June 30, lunches and dinners nearly identical to the ones that were served to first-class passengers on the Tatsuta Maru during its Tokyo-San Francisco voyage of May 25, 1940, will be served at Ile de Terrasse, Navios Yokohama, 1F, Shin Minato-machi, Naka-ku, Yokohama.

The food will be served with silverware and on dishes of the kind originally used on the ship, and the waiters will be dressed in the uniforms of that time. The meals will cost between 1,500 yen and 8,000 yen. For more information, call (045) 633-6008.

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