Sometimes in a relationship of different nations astonishing symbols occur.
One of the noted representatives of an elite group of Japanese physicists who during the 20th century fostered the development of physics as a science all over the world, including Georgia, was Professor Kazumi Maki. The world-renowned physicist in the field of superconductivity was born on 27 January 1936, in Takamatsu, Japan. As his wife Masako remembers, "he was very proud to have the same birthday as his beloved Mozart". The same date has become cherished by the Georgian people from 27 January 2018 when Georgian sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze also known as Tochinoshin, won the Emperor’s Cup. So far, it is only the third time that a European sumo wrestler has won this extremely prestigious cup. Every now and then, the fate proves to have a strange sense of humour.
Japanese Professor Kazumi Maki resided and worked in the United States from 1974 to 2008, as a professor at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).
Between 28 August and 1 September 1979, Kazumi Maki has been visiting the Institute of Physics in Tbilisi, Georgia. The purpose of his visit was to learn about the research projects at the Institute of Physics. During the visit, Professor Kazumi Maki presented in a seminar on general physics.
In 1995 Kazumi Maki visited Tbilisi again, to attend the 85th anniversary of Elephter Andronikashvili (1910-1989), the famous Georgian physicist, director of the Georgian Academy of Sciences Institute of Physics (1951-1989). It was in the 1990s when the current team members of BRAMS have had the pleasure of meeting with the noted Professor from Japan and made an acquaintance with him.