A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Free admission day @ Ibaraki Nature Museum

Tomorrow is the 春分の日(shunbun no hi), Spring Equinox Day, but did you know it’s also one of four science days at Ibaraki Nature Museum in Bando City? Children of all ages get in free on Saturdays except during long holidays, but on science days, everyone gets in free!!

There are many events planned for tomorrow, so pack your lunch and visit this museum if you don’t have any plans! This museum’s outdoor facilities include VERY nice parks, so this is a also a nice place to enjoy spring weather.

Make your very own pencil
There are 4 sessions, and each session is open to first 30 applicants. Sessions are from 11:30 to 12:00, 12:00 to 12:30, 12:30 to 13:00, and 13:00 to 13:30.

This event will be held in 自然発見工房(shizen hakken koubou), or Nature Center. This is the museum’s outdoor facility, and is about 10min walk from the main building.

Science Show by Mr. Kitazawa
From 12:30 to 13:30, held in the lecture room on the 1st floor.The museum will start handing out the 整理券(seiri-ken), or numbered tickets, from 11:50 to first 60 people.

Mr. Mitazawa is a former curator of Energy Museum in Omachi City, Nagano(been there many times!) and Tsukuba Expo Center. He was also the management director of the Global House, the pavilion where the frozen mammoth was during the world expo in Aichi.

Guided Tour of the “Ant” Exhibit
From 11:00 to 11:30, 12:15 to 12:45, and 15:30 to 16:00. Meet at the entrance of the special exhibition space.

The guided tour of special exhibit about ants and other tiny creatures called The Adventure in Search of Soil Creatures which started last Saturday.

Special talk: “Today’s starry sky”
From 11:00 to 11:30. Held in the lecture room on the 1st floor.First 60 applicants. Special talk about the stars you can see around this time of the year.

Special talk and tour: “Let’s look at the Sun”
From 11:30 to 12:00 Meet in the exit area (not the main entrance)

Water System Backyard Tour
A guided tour by Aquaworld Ooarai staff! Meet in the aquarium area.

A tour will start at 10am and a group of about 10 people will leave every 30min until 12:00. The tour starts again at 13:00pm and the last group will leave at 14:30. Seiri-ken, or numbered tickets will be handed out from 9:45am and 12:45pm.

Lecture by Director of NPO birth/Green Sustainable Center
From 13:30 to 15:00. Held in the screen hall on the 3rd floor. There’s no limit on participants but must pre-register before attending this event.

Here’s a list of Ibaraki Nature Museum’s Science (free admission) Days:
Science Day (Space):
March 21 (春分の日, Spring Equinox Day)
Science Day (Life):
May 4 (みどりの日, Green Day)
Science Day (Earth):
June 5 (環境の日, Environment Day)
Science Day (Ibaraki):
November 13 (茨城県民の日, Ibaraki Day)

I always go there by car, but you can also get there by bus/train. There are buses leaving from TX Morita Station West Exit. Get on the ones bound for 猿島(Sashima) or 岩井(Iwai), and get off at 自然博物館(Shizen Hakubutsukan (Nature Museum)). It takes about 20min to get to the museum from the Moriya Station, and the museum is about 5min walk from the bus stop. Please look at this page for the bus schedule.

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