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September 29, 2015

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'I just can’t understand why it’s referred to as an “hourglass.”'

Because calling it an egg timer would be silly.

Thanks for the reminder of the device and the museum, a handsome set of buildings described by bloggers (no Wikipedia article?) as otherwise mostly empty. So it's a museum not only of sand, but of time and space.

Well, you know that uncertainty as to whether you have left the egg in long enough to be hard-boiled?

You're certainly right about time (an eclectic but extensive collection of sandglasses) and, indeed, about empty space. The museum has been described as a "folly", a memorial to the days of Japan's random Government subsidies. But yes, it is handsome, the concept is wonderful - and it does contain art installations (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64yr8aA10zM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pMctHy0v8o) and interactive opportunities (see glimpses in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-64SexNItfU, never mind squeaking sand at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-64SexNItfU).

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