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Protect Gengoro! -Shingo Sano, Kannonzaki Natural Museum

ゲンゴロウを守る!ー観音崎自然博物館・佐野真吾さん

Hello, my name is Fumika Mabuchi.

This time, we would like to introduce Shingo Sano, curator of the Kannonzaki Natural Museum located in Kannonzaki Prefectural Park in Yokosuka.

He's actually my cousin's husband.
Although we have never met, we both love nature, the ocean, living things, and photography, and I had seen them on the SNS they previously ran.

Sano has loved insects and living things ever since she could remember, and had already written in her kindergarten graduation essay, ``I want to become a doctor of insects and dinosaurs.''
When I was in the 2nd grade of elementary school, I learned at the Kanagawa Prefectural Planet of Life and Earth Museum that the Japanese long-tailed turtle and the giant turtle are extinct species in Kanagawa Prefecture, and I started looking for them, wondering if it was true. It seems that his interest in living things has expanded.

In her elementary school graduation collection, she wrote, ``I love insects and am happiest when I catch insects, so in the future I would like to do activities to conserve living things so that there are more insects than ever, no matter how much I collect them.'' He had already written down his thoughts, which would become the pillar of his current activities, saying, ``I want to do research for conservation.''

After that, I studied under Professor Tadashi Kitano of Tokai University, who researches Japanese silverfish, and spent six years immersed in Japanese silverfish.After graduating, I went on to work as a part-time lecturer, advisor, and lecturer at the Prefectural Museum.
However, I felt that I still lacked a lot in order to do the work that I wrote about in my elementary school graduation collection, ``activities to conserve living things and research for conservation,'' so I enrolled in the Graduate School of Environmental Informatics at Tokyo City University. Decided to proceed to the doctoral program.

Currently, I am working as a museum curator, which was one of my goals.

So far, Mr. Sano has been immersed in insects and living things, but is there anything you like to do outside of work? When I asked...

“I have a long-term dream: I want to collect snails from all over the world!Also, I want to research a group called snails in Asia!”

The answer came back.
Oh, isn't that work? That's what I thought, but he himself said, ``I don't even know the line between hobbies and work.''

Is there anything you like other than living things? When I asked,
``I like to move my body, so I joined the track and field club in junior high school.Currently, I play soccer, boxing, and sports chanbara in the garden of the museum with the junior high school students who volunteer at the museum.When I get home, I do muscle training. I do light running and running, but in the summer there are a lot of temptations from insects, so I end up going into the forest to collect insects while running.''
In the end, we ended up talking about living things.

"Also, I like drinking parties. I don't just like alcohol, I like places where people can have fun drinking together."

It finally came out! !
I was asked this question after watching several videos on the museum's YouTube channel, which Mr. Sano is in charge of, so I was very satisfied with his answer.
Somehow, while watching the video, I thought that Mr. Sano must be a very personable person, and that he must be very good at getting the people around him involved and making them allies.

The Kannonzaki Natural Museum, where Mr. Sano works, holds various events throughout the year.
Kannonzaki Natural Museum Official Homepage

There are participatory events held both inside and outside the facility, as well as exhibits and exhibits that you can participate in without having to apply, so please take a look.

If you want to go but it's far away, or you're a little curious, please check out the SNS, as they have a lot of information.
The great thing about the Kannonzaki Natural Museum's SNS is that the content posted on each medium is different.

I think it's common for posts like this to be the same copy-pasted post, but the themes are completely different depending on the medium.
Moreover, it is updated frequently.
This is amazing.
Kannonzaki Natural Museum Facebook

My personal favorite is Instagram.
The first image in the post is unified, and it looks like I'm looking at an illustrated book or a specimen, and it has tickled my collector's heart.
Kannonzaki Natural Museum Official Instagram

In addition, on the YouTube channel, you can learn about Mr. Sano's activities with children, such as collecting insects and conducting ecological surveys of various living things, as well as information that is useful for our daily lives and children's education.
Kannonzaki Natural Museum Official Youtube

Moreover, there are even sub-channels.
amazing. The level of fulfillment is amazing.
sub channel

There's also a blog, Twitter, and even TikTok.
The terrifying Kannonzaki Natural Museum!
blog
Twitter
TikTok

By the way, Mr. Sano also has a personal blog and Instagram.
It is also updated frequently.
Formidable, Shingo Sano!
Sano's blog
Sano's Instagram

Whether you know about it or not, you'll definitely want to keep an eye on the future of the Kannonzaki Natural Museum! !

<Kannonzaki Natural Museum>
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays (the following day if Monday is a holiday), year-end and New Year holidays *Open every day in July and August
Admission fee: Adults (16 years and older) 500 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 300 yen, Infants (4 years old and older) 100 yen
Contact: TEL 046-841-1533
https://kannonzaki-nature-museum.jimdofree.com/

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