The logo of the XXI ICPEAC 1999 in Sendai is based on one of the family
crests of the Date (pronounced
"dahtei") clan who
ruled over the present Miyagi Prefecture and beyond
from the 16th century till the Meiji Restoration. The nine
spheres called "KU-YOH"
symbolize auspicious heavenly bodies such as the
sun, the moon, planets and stars
as well as the mythological nine Gods who are guardians of Heaven and Earth.
To physicists' eyes the nine spheres might resemble the electronic clouds
of the filled L-shell around
the inner core of an atom/ion. Originally conceived
by Professor Y. Sato of the Tohoku University, it underwent some artistic
touches at Tokyo Studio Co. Ltd.