LtE in CMO #289
From David STRAUSS
® . . . . . . . . .Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 10:35:16 EST
I was delighted to receive your letter and
to hear about your observations of Mars.
I had no idea that you had relocated to
Thanks, too, for reminding me of the new
material on the CMO Lowell web page. I
had already read your very interesting discussion of
the Tenryugawa with its beautiful images attached and
was very excited to find the new material refuting
I also appreciate your invitation to
participate in the conference at Anamidzu. It looks like a very interesting program and
I wish that I were able to come. (I have
wonderful memories of the first Lowell Society of Japan meeting in Anamidzu in July of 2001!)
And, of course, this conference will be even more interesting because it
will include both
However, I congratulate you on inviting
Bill Sheehan to address the conference.
His knowledge of
Although I will not be present bodily, I
certainly will be with you in spirit on May 2, 3, and 4. (Those dates will mark the 16th anniversary
of my first visit to the
On Sat, 06 Mar 2004 14:02:48 +0900 Masatsugu MINAMI wrote:
> Dear David,
> I hope you are going well. I am sorry I have been very silent for a
> long time (maybe more than one year). I have been very involved with
> the observation of Mars heavily from the beginning of 2003. Especially
> from 23 June to 31 August I stayed at
> shunning the rainy season of the Japanese mainland. Though at
> had fine weather every night as expected to observe the planet at
> opposition, I became quite exhausted since it was observable for 67
> days! that is, we had no more than three days when it was rainy or
> totally cloudy.
> Mars is still observable, and I have made totally more than 1000
> drawings this season. This implies I am still exhausted, and I cannot
> even to resume the edition of the CMO.
> The preparation of the Lowell Conference at Anamidzu has also been
> stuck until recently, but at long last the programme is now available
> (in Japanese). The time we shall get on board at Wakura on 2 May was
> first scheduled to be 13:00 since we heard first any participants from
> delayed to 14:15 - 14:30 because some including professor Shinya Obi
> (president, the Lowell Society of Japan) seem to take a train from
> rough schedule of the Conference in English.
> I am writing this to express our eager wishes to ask your participation
> to the Anamidzu Lowell Conference. We hope to listen to you about
> mental savage countries and the physical planetary world. We should
> like also to learn about
> possibility. We still prepare a couple of hours to offer to your
> lectures on the afternoon of 3rd May (after the 4th Annual Meeting of
> convenience this time, we would be obliged if you could introduce us
> some alternative person to give us lectures on the subjects.
> By the way, I have not heard from Professor Naoki Onishi, and I also
> have had no chance to communicate to him. Do you think he can help us?
> Bill Sheehan kindly decided to give us a lecture (on the Venus Transit)
> at the OAA Annual Meeting at
> to have his several talks also at the Lowell Conference. He is at
> present interested in the water problem on Mars whose subject was also
> shared by
> record is preserved), to a place from where we can see Mt Ontake, to
> some part of Tenriugawa,
to Suwa (Kikiou-ya), to the
> through Naoyetsu to Oya-shiradzu, and through the Arayama pass to Noto.
> After the Conference, we may guide him to
> It is still cold here. It snowed heavily yesterday and I suppose the
> Noto area is also blown coldly. But the Kwanto area seems to have been
> warmer in February, and yesterday they
predicted the area of
> and so I want to go there to take pictures of the bustle at Oji and
> Mukojima, though at present my health is no good to do so. They
> similarly predict the cherry blossoms here come out on 31 March
> (earlier than one week from the average year) though it is unbelievable
> from the present day dismal weather.
> I am sorry again for my silence for a long time, but I look forward
> cordially to your positive reply,
> With best wishes,
> PS: It takes only one hour + 5 minutes for the airplane to reach the
> Airport was opened on 7 July 2003 near Anamidzu, and since then a
> hundred thousand persons used, so reported several days ago.
> PSbis: I recently wrote some
> I would be thankful if you let me hear what and how you think of these notes (I
> found several misunderstandings made by professor Masa-aki
David STRAUSS (