Let every LIFE shine
RE-EXPERIENCE BIRTH with this planetarium program
This program fully utilises the benefits of the planetarium dome
to not only see but to experience the miracle of the universe and our lives.
Take an emotional journey to follow the birth of the universe, the stars and our lives.
Why? What does it mean to
“re-experience birth” at planetarium?
The space of the planetarium
theatre gives sense of comfort.
That is because we all have felt it before
and is engraved deeply in our memories.
The warmth and sense of security
That takes us back to
when we were in our mother’s womb.
The theatre’s 360 degrees screen completely envelopes you in the film creating the perfect space to recreate the warmth
and sense of security we felt in our mother’s womb.
In this program,
we travel from the birth of the universe,
to the birth of our lives to acknowledge we are all part of the same universe.
First in the world!
The world renowned science photographer, Lennart Nilsson’s images of an embryo in uterus screened at planetarium theatre for the first time
in the world!
His images have a remarkable resemblance to the universe and capture a sense of cosmology
in human life.
The world’s first planetarium program
showing his incredible work.
You may think its computer graphic,
but he captured the breathtaking
beauty of human life.
Lennart Nilsson was a renowned Swedish photographer, scientist and amongst the first modern photojournalists. He was in a unique position as an educator with a camera. He has been compared to the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci.
He achieved international fame in 1965, when his photographs of the embryo appeared on the cover of Life magazine. His book A Child is Born was published in the same year
and translated into 20 different languages.
Lennart Nilsson received an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine, and Philosophy He won the Swedish Academy Nordic Authors’ Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Big Gold Medal in 1989, and in 2002 received the 12th presentation of the Swedish government’s Illis Quorum.
He won the Swedish Academy Nordic Authors’ Prize,
the first Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (in 1980),
and received “Master of Phtography”.
His documentaries won Emmy awards three times,
and other awards from World Press Photo.
Since 1997, the Lennart Nilsson Award has been presented in recognition of extraordinary photography of science and is sponsored by the Lennart Nilsson Foundation.
He passed away on 28th January, 2017.
We are made of starstuff.
The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars.
We are made of starstuff.”
An American astronomer Carl Sagan left this famous quote.
Have you ever thought that you are made of starstuff?
If we are the stars, the universe is our mother.
This planetarium program showcases the connections between the universe and ourselves focusing on both macro and micro.
For children and their parents to learn about the miracle of being born into and as a part of the universe and how precious and
amazing our own lives are.
It is a problem the society is facing there are children
Children have low self-esteem is on increase.
The purpose of this program is to really believe in themselves, acknowledge that we are all born to be loved and our whole existence begins with complete acceptance.
We are determined to deliver this program to all
who need this important message.
Our mission is to creates an opportunity
to experience the greatness of life
at the planetarium all over the world for world peace.
We are looking for friends to cooperate
with in order to realize the mission.
Producer and Planning
Masahiko Hashimoto and Sayaka Hashimoto
It was the first time in ages to visit a planetarium theatre with my then 6 years old son, 1 year old daughter and my wife. I had our daughter on my lap, looking at the stars on the screen in the darkness. It was so dark that I could not see her, but the warmth was certainly there. My eyes were filled with tears when I realized this incredible serendipity to have each other at this exact moment on the earth,as a part of universe.
From that experience, the idea of making a program to “feel” the miracle and importance of our lives in this environment was born and grew into the form of “Re-experience birth”
From planning, producing, music…we did every steps by ourselves. We negotiated with photographers and video production companies overseas. We feel incredibly fortunate to have met people who we respect through this program.
We have become parents 8 years ago. We have been continuing the activities to heal the difficulties mothers and many people are facing. Everything we’ve felt and worked on over the years, is put together in this program.
It is easy to get knowledge and facts from internet and YouTube these days, but we believe it is important to feel with your heart.
We would like to deliver the experience to “feel” in planetarium space to as many people as possible.
Celebrate the one and only you, a tiny drop in the infinite universe.
I sincerely hope this program “LIFE” will help and encourage many people to shine beautifully.
LIFE is a program that creates a ‘rebirth experience’. Using the domed space of the planetarium, which creates the feeling of being in a mother’s womb, the program shows the birth of the Universe and follows the trajectory from the birth of stars to the birth of life. This program shows how deeply our life is connected to the Universe and how wonderful life is. This program also projects a photograph of an embryo captured in a mother’s womb by world famous Swedish scientific photographer Lennart Nilsson in the 1960s. It is the first time in the world that this photograph has been shown in a planetarium. The image of the embryo captured by Nilsson looks like a photo of the Universe itself. This image is not a composite nor was it created with the use of computer graphics. One cannot but feel the wonder of life when viewing the image. The birth of the Universe and the birth of life themes in LIFE are complemented by the addition of beautiful and emotional songs written by director and artist Masahiko Hashimoto.
This program has been screened in schools, medical facilities and has had an outdoor screening at the famous Shoshazan Engyoji Temple where parts of The Last Samurai were filmed. In February 2020 a film screen version of LIFE was presented at the ‘International Women’s Conference’ in India and received a standing ovation. In addition, a project called LIFE Orchestra will be realized in 2022. This project will show a screening of LIFE in which the songs recorded in the work will be performed live and will be accompanied by 100 orchestra members. Our aim is to provide an opportunity for people to recall how wonderful life is by screening the film all over the world.