The 26th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC 2023) will be held at the Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center (MSC) of the Tampa campus, University of South Florida (USF).
Honorary Chair of WPMC 2021
Okayama Convention Center is directly connected to JR (Japan Railway) Okayama Station, just 3 minutes on foot from JR Okayama Station, which is served by the “Nozomi” or “Hikari” (bullet trains). With its excellent location, Okayama Convention Center serves as a crossroads for the entire Western Japan region.
JR Okayama Station (East Gate)
Okayama Convention Center
Entrance of Okayama Convention Center.
Location of Okayama Convention Center
Okayama Convention Center is only 3 minutes by walk from JR Okayama Station.
What is "Momotaro" ?
Statue of Momotaro and his retainers in front of JR Okayama Station (East Gate)
Momotaro is a folk tale widely known through Japan.
Okayama Prefecture, famous for being the home town of Momotaro, boats many regions connected to the tale, hides many of the keys to understand the legend of Momotaro.
Momotaro folk tail Outline
Once upon a time, there lived an old couple. One day, the old man went to a forest to cut firewood, and the old woman went to the river to wash clothes. Then, a big peach came sploshing from the upstream. She picked up and brought it to the home. When the old man and old woman began to slice the peach, a baby boy jumped out of it. The old couple were extremely happy and they named him Momotaro (Peach Boy). Momotaro quickly grew to be a strong boy.
At that time in the village, everyone was troubled by the Orges (Oni) which plagued the village. Momotaro said to the old couple, “I’m going to subdue the Ogres!”. The old couple made some millet dumplings (Kibi-dango) and a banner of “Japan’s No.1” for Momotaro.
Momotaro went to the Onigashima (Orges Island) to wipe out Orges. Along the way, he met a dog, a monkey, and Japanese pheasant, and he gave each of them the dumpling, and as a result they became Momotaro’s retainer. Momotaro defeated the Orges cooperating with the retainers, and returned to his home with much treasure. Since then, they lived happily in home.
Please click the left picture or visit “Momotaro“.
Beautiful scenery in Okayama and Kurashiki
Okayama city is very famous of Korakuen Garden, known as one of the three best traditional gardens in Japan. Kurashiki scenic historical quarter is also very popular and attractive as a tourist destination. It is a beautifully preserved historical district located in Kurashiki city, which located right West of Okayama City.
(Photos and movies with courtesy of Okayama Tourism Federation.)
Okayama Prefecture Official Tourisim Guide
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Kurashiki Histrical Quarter
Beautiful scenery in Tampa
Welcome to Tampa, Florida, the vibrant city on the Gulf Coast of the United States that will be hosting the 26th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC 2023). With its sunny climate, beautiful beaches, and lively cultural scene, Tampa offers something for everyone. Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa is a bustling city with a rich history and a diverse population. Visitors to Tampa can explore the city’s many museums, art galleries, and historic landmarks, or relax on one of its many beaches.
Experience Tampa's Pleasant Winter Weather in November and December
As the temperature starts to drop in many parts of the world during the winter months, Tampa offers a warm and welcoming escape for tourists seeking a reprieve from the chilly weather. November and December are particularly pleasant in Tampa, with an average high temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) and lows around 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius).
This mild weather is perfect for outdoor activities. For those interested in nature and the outdoors, Tampa is home to several parks and nature reserves, including the Hillsborough River State Park and the Lettuce Lake Regional Park. These parks offer visitors the opportunity to hike, bike, fish, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery. Tampa is also known for its vibrant cultural scene, with numerous festivals, concerts, and events taking place throughout the year. The city’s historic Ybor City district is a popular destination for visitors, offering a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and nightlife options.
Tampa is home to several world-renowned attractions, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the Florida Aquarium, and the Lowry Park Zoo. These attractions offer visitors the opportunity to see a wide variety of exotic animals, ride thrilling roller coasters (only one-hour drive to Disney World and Universal Studios), and explore the wonders of the sea.
In short, Tampa is a vibrant and exciting city that offers something for everyone. We look forward to welcoming you to the 26th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications, and we hope that you will take the time to explore all that Tampa has to offer.