Ms. Inoue (left) and Ms. Ohe, in Stockholm

On December 9, 1991, the day before the 90th Nobel Prize award ceremony, a reception was given at the Vasa Museum in honour of the past Nobel laureates. I was very lucky to have a chance to talk with some of the laureates.

In the museum, there was a large wooden ship called "Vasa" which had sunk on its first voyage placed. I felt an aura of the Vikings. Around the Vasa, many people from all over the world were talking cheerfully with the laureates.

I had a chance to talk with Dr. Elias J. Corey, the 1990 laureate in Chemistry and the recipient of the 1989 Japan Prize. I asked him his impression of Japan and the difference between American students and Japanese students.

It was rather impressive for me to see some laureates looking for their wives.

Many participants wore their national costumes of interesting and I enjoyed conversations with them, inquiring about such costumes.

Under the world’s most prestigious Novel Prize, people gather and the people’s circles further expand.

My real feeling was, after attending the reception party, it might have been the intention of late Alfred Nobel that I could see people who were not usually available otherwise.



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