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This video was created to show how the University of Tokyo is connected with broader society.
Did you notice the use of the split screen technique, with scenes from the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) on the left-hand side, and scenes from the broader society on the right-hand side of the screen? By juxtaposing various images from the UTokyo campuses, classes, and activities with scenes from the streets of Tokyo as well as scenes depicting various human activities in the broader society, this video illustrates how the University and the excellent knowledge it produces connect with and contribute to society as a whole.
The video also features a unique harmony of the visual and audio. Throughout the video, you will be able to hear ticking to indicate the progression of time during one day, from morning to evening. As the time progresses, the video’s depiction of the world move on from the small things to larger and grander things. The audio of each of these scenes are blended together, woven into a melody. Without any narrative, this video uses the construct of images and sounds to transcend the barrier of language to spread its message throughout the world.

Details of each cut

*If you click on the time count on the left, the video will start from that point.
**Clicking on the explanation for the image, you will be taken to the related websites.
Count Left image Image Right image Comment
00:04 The clock on Yasuda Auditorium No.002 An alarm clock 7:00 am
00:05 A UTokyo student’s notebook No.003 A child’s notebook The hands writing the two notes represent the University’s connection to broader society
00:14 A computer simulation of a human fetus by Prof. Yasuo Kuniyoshi of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology No.005 An expecting mother Fetal development research aims at revealing how human intelligence emerges and establishing new understanding of developmental disorders
00:16 A map of Hongo during the Edo period, from the Historiographical Institute No.006 A busy pedestrian scramble A contrast between the past and the present
00:18 A document from the Edo period, from the Historiographical Institute No.007 A smartphone receiving a message A contrast between the past and the present
00:20 An image of cell origami by Prof. Shoji Takeuchi of the Institute of Industrial Science No.010 Origami Visual similarity
00:22 A drone from Hongo
Aerospace Inc.
No.011 A nightingale Visual similarity
00:23 An amphibious robot by Prof. Hajime Asama, Associate Prof. Atsushi Yamashita, and Assistant Prof. Hiromitsu Fujii of the Graduate School of Engineering No.013 A screen connected to the robot’s camera
00:24 An amphibious robot No.014 A child walking in a puddle of water An analogy to robots going into places where humans cannot
00:27 The Komaba Campus Clock Tower No.015 A watch 7:15am (to show the passage of time)
00:28 Baby and infant studies by Prof. Kazuo Hiraki of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
*Japanese only
No.016 A child playing Baby and infant studies contribute to children’s growth
00:29 A humanoid robot by Prof. Masayuki Inaba of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology No.017 A child waking up Research on humanoid robots is also a research on humans. A contrast between robots and humans
BGM: Sutra recitation provided by Prof. Kenryou Minowa of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
00:32 From a scene from the perspective of a student, to an image of the Akamon Gate (Red Gate) No.020 From a scene from the perspective of an elementary school student, to an image of the Akamon Gate (Red Gate) By connecting the two perspectives through the image of the Akamon Gate (Red Gate), this scene shows UTokyo’s links with broader society
00:36 A statue of Hachiko and Prof. Hidesaburo Ueno at UTokyo
*Japanese only
No.022 Dog and girl Representation of Prof. Ueno’s spirit of the interaction between man and animal, which has been passed down to our modern age
00:38 An experiment in Jamology by Prof. Katsuhiro Nishinari and Associate Prof. Daichi Yanagisawa of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
*Japanese only
No.024 A bird’s-eye view of cars on a busy street A contrast between the study of the congestion mechanism and actual cars that may create congestion
00:41 The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)
No.026 Shibuya cityscape A contrast between the past and the present
00:44 “Designing Prosthetic Leg for Runners” by Prof. Shunji Yamanaka of the Institute of Industrial Science
*Japanese only
No.029 An athlete wearing a prosthetic leg An image of a Paralympic athlete wearing Prof. Yamanaka’s “Prosthetic Leg for Runners”
00:48 Starting with two perspectives, and ending with one image of the Yasuda Auditorium No.032
00:52 A scene from a PEAK class No.033 A lunch break at UTokyo Different aspects of student life
00:54 A scene from Prof. Goda’s lab No.035 A lunch break at UTokyo Different aspects of student life
00:55 A surgical robot at the Mitsuishi-Sugita lab., Graduate School of Engineering No.036 Ningyo Joruri Bunraku (puppet narrative drama) Precise and dexterous manipulations of the surgical robots are similar to the delicate  movements of Japanese traditional performing arts
00:58 Illustrated scroll of the agricultural cycle (Edo period) from the Historiographical Institute No.037 UTokyo student writing a thesis on a laptop UTokyo’s diversity by equally valuing both ancient and modern technology
01:01 Ginkgo trees in front of Yasuda Auditorium No.039 Torii at Nezu Shrine Visual conception of similarities and history through walkthrough
01:03 Komaba Campus Clock No.040 City Clock 3:25am (to show the passage of time)
01:04 A virtual ultrasonic probe system that indicates the location of blood vessels for I.V. (intravenous injection) by Prof. Hiromi Sanada of the Graduate School of Medicine No.041 I.V. in wrist Bioengineering nursing that integrates nursing, biology, and engineering making innovation happen in clinical nursing
01:07 Earthquake research through Ocean Bottom Seismographs (OBS) from the Earthquake Research Institute No.044 Image of Tokyo Bay from the coast An image representing disaster response strategies developed by earthquake research on Japan’s regional experiences
01:11 Pavilion created with digital fabrication by Associate Prof. Yusuke Obuchi of the Graduate School of Engineering No.047 A building site with ongoing construction of a city An image of architecture technology applied to an actual site
01:16 Conductive ink by Associate Prof. Yoshihiro Kawahara of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology No.050 As time passes from evening to night, lights turn on Lights turning on in the city
01:20 Kavli IPMU research building No.051 Buildings in Tokyo Representing night
01:21 A clock in Komaba Campus No.052 A clock in a city 7:20pm (to show the passage of time)
01:24 Visualization techniques of huge volumes of information diffusion on social networking services (SNS) by Associate Prof. Masashi Toyoda of the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) and Prof. Masaru Kitsuregawa of NII and IIS No.058 Individuals staring at SNS messages A visualization of information diffusion on an SNS and individuals reading SNS messages
01:28 Cell scanner by Prof. Keisuke Gouda of the Graduate School of Science No.061 Image of medical treatment Image representing technology implemented in actual procedures
01:32 HaptoClone by the Shinoda & Makino lab, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences No.063 As seen in the images, HaptoClone reconstructs the object images from one booth to the other as a 3D floating image. Users can touch the floating image by using an ultrasound phased array.
01:35 Shoji Takeuchi's research group in the Institute of Industrial Science No.066 Serious attitude of researchers
01:36 Engineering application of origami by Assistant Prof. Tomohiro Tachi of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences No.067 Design of building structure applying the origami research Simulation of origami research used in constructing large structure
01:38 Prof. Takaaki Kajita (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2015) No.068 Super-Kamiokande
01:39 Prof. Takaaki Kajita No.069 Emeritus Prof. Masatoshi Koshiba (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2002 / Graduate of The University of Tokyo School of Science, 1951)
01:39 Prof. Takaaki Kajita No.070 Emeritus Prof. Eiichi Negishi (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2010 / Graduate of the University of Tokyo’s School of Science, 1951)
01:40 Prof. Takaaki Kajita No.071 Honorary Prof. Yoshinori Ohsumi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2016 / Graduate of the University of Tokyo’s College of Arts and Sciences, 1967)
01:40 Photomultiplier tube in Super-Kamiokande No.072 Closeup of an Eye Not only does the Super-Kamiokande’s sensor represent the eye, but also through the action of opening one’s eye, the image represents new discoveries made by the Super-Kamiokande shared with society
01:42 First star by Prof. Yoshida Naoki of the Graduate School of Science and Kavli IPMU
*Japanese only
No.073 Heaven and Earth Ceremony
National Institute of Japanese Literature
Comparing the first star (left) with an early astronomical instrument (right)
01:43 No.074 8:20pm (double meaning of showing the passage of time and UTokyo’s Vision 2020)
01:44 Kavli IPMU Tea Time No.076 Kavli IPMU journal article Thesis results achieved through the opportunity of discussion at tea time between astronomers, physicists, and mathematicians
01:45 Kavli IPMU blackboard No.077 Image of space Comparing space and mathematical formulae
01:49 UTokyo students continuously searching for knowledge No.082
01:49 UTokyo students continuously searching for knowledge No.083
01:50 UTokyo students continuously searching for knowledge No.084
01:52 Morning approaches again No.088 Morning approaches again
01:55 The image returns to the first notebook, and a blank page appears when flipping the page. The person starts writing on the new page. No.089 The sound of writing represents the various developments and accumulations of individual research. The image represents how individuals support UTokyo’s excellence.
Directed by Taiki Ueda
In association with the University of Tokyo’s Division for Strategic Public Relations, Division of International Affairs, and the University Museum