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

NIES Summer Open House 2007

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) is holding its annual Summer Open House on July 21, 2007.

Stag Beetle

NIES holds an open house in the Spring that is aimed at people who are of high school age and above. The Summer Open House has no age limit. There are a number of things for children to do, so feel free to bring your kids along for a day of fun with science!

Fifteen facilities will be open and there will be scientists available at each of the buildings to explain their research. Topics include climate change, atmospheric pollution, chemical contamination of the environment, and the Asian environment.


  • Talk (by video conference) to a NIES scientist who is currently stationed at the South Pole.
  • See giant stag beetles and learn about invasive species.
  • Touch some sharks from Tokyo Bay.
  • Learn about the water and organisms in Tokyo Bay.
  • Water taste test — can you tell the difference between pure water, brand water, and tap water?
  • How fast do you need to pedal to create electricity with a bicycle? Can you power a television with your legs?
  • Look at your DNA under a microscope (limited number of participants)
  • Go up 15m in a cherrypicking truck to see the heat produced by the things in the environment (using thermography)
  • Stamp rally (presents to the first 3000 people to complete the rally)

There will also be English tours held at 10:30am and 2pm (with me as your host!).

Here are some pictures and a report from last year’s event.

National Institute for Environmental Studies
Onogawa 16-2