Who doesn’t want to experience their dream job for a day? Well, not at least you are already working in your dream job right now, then congratulations! Back in the days when we’re young to dream we usually say ”I want to be an astronaut, a scientist or a pilot!” – just all those cool jobs we can practically think of. Well, let me tell you we found a place for you to fulfill that dream for a day, especially if you want to be a pilot!

If you are lucky enough to be close around in Shizuoka, why don’t you take that luck and drive to the city of Hamamatsu. It is where you can find Japan’s Self Defense Exhibition Hall or the Air Park which exhibits a number of aircraft units.

They display a whole bunch of life size airships during the WWII until present. The best part? It is free! Yes you heard it right it’s completely open for everyone young and old. You will be amaze as how spacious, spotlessly clean and advanced the whole place is! Not to mention that the staff are real pilots and aviation crew who will assist and guide you all throughout the exhibition.

They are equipped with fighter jets, radar planes and of course the iconic WWII Zeros which adjoins the ceiling. They also give you a chance to put on a real pilot jumpsuit and a helmet to really complete that aeronautic feels.

Though I wasn’t able to try the pilot uniform (since we came there almost before the closing time. lol), they still let us board in one of their aircraft and get a first hand experience of their navigators.

Whether your dream is to become a pilot or you are just a straight up aeronautical buff, this paradise is for you! It might be a long drive to get there, but I’m pretty sure you’ll go home with a full experience.

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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.

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