The Mid-term Evaluation Symposium 2019 was held in NAIST, last Nov 26 and 27. It is an annual event where a large portion of Materials Science course students present their research in conference-style oral and poster sessions. Now on its 11th year, it is one of the biggest internal events in the MS … Continue Reading ››
The Takayama Science Festival together with the NAIST Open Campus is an annual event held around the campus grounds to promote science and technology for the citizens of Takayama Town. I got the chance to explore the bustling campus grounds one sunny autumn Sunday.
Culture and dance met onstage during the Mahoroba Dance Festival 2018, which was held last November 25th at the Nara Centennial Hall. This three-hour annual event started in 2009 as a pre-event for the 1300th anniversary of the Heijō transition capital, with an aim to showcase traditional Japanese culture, particularly during the Tenpyo era, through … Continue Reading ››
Keeping up with the Yuletide spirit, Filipinos at NAIST celebrated with a Christmas Party.
Here in Japan, the daytime gets shorter and the temperatures decrease to the single digits. In these conditions, homesickness can be a big deal for international students who are used to a tropical Christmas. However, the winter blues did not stop the … Continue Reading ››
The NAIST Chorus is an informal group who shares the love of singing and good company.
The Chorus meets on occasion at the NAIST Guesthouse Exchanging room for some good old singing. Each session is a little different, as the songs change with the season. In a December session I attended, we sang Christmas songs in … Continue Reading ››
NAIST continually offers opportunities for its students, especially international ones, to experience and be more immersed in Japanese culture, besides the world-class research and academic formation that it primarily provides. Last November, around 12 students participated in a tour around Nara Park and visited three historically and culturally significant places: Todaiji Temple, Kasuga-Taisha Shrine, and the Nara … Continue Reading ››
Materials Science is inherently an interdisciplinary field. It combines theories, principles, and techniques in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering to design and fabricate new and novel materials, structures, and systems and to study the behavior and dynamics of devices made up of these various material components. In NAIST, students in the Division of Materials Science are … Continue Reading ››
In NAIST, autumn doesn’t officially start without cosplayers running around campus. This is the time of the year when we cramp leg muscles and ooze creative juices, for activities other than research! Last November 6 marked the 24th Yoshikawa Cup, NAIST’s annual costume road relay race.
First, let’s get the name straight. It goes by many … Continue Reading ››
At NAIST, the Victorian tradition of afternoon tea time has taken on a different meaning and purpose. Unlike the conventional scones, biscuits, or cakes, this Tea Time includes some light snacks from different parts of the world.