Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus

The Takayama Science Town Festival is held annually to promote science and educational research for Takayama-citizens of all ages. NAIST participates in this event through its own Open Campus, preparing exhibitions and demonstrations in the most fun way. Last November 12 was a crisp Autumn day, perfect for this event’s fifth-year run.

2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
A fine day for a science event. Actually, everyday is a fine day for science!

A variety of programs were prepared for this festival, attracting many local citizens and families to participate in. From the Science Plaza side…

2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
Look! A dancing cat! As long as you don’t stop, you can keep watching its performance.
2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
This special Japanese local festival also attracted some international guests.

Kids are the biggest winners in this event. They look so happy learning about science and technology. They also get the chance to interact and play with its applications!

2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
The staff of Ikoma City Hall is presenting the mini railway program to a family.

In one of the booths, a poster featured a JR East railway line that is scheduled to be built in the near future. This new line would bring so much convenience to the citizens living around NAIST. This is really exciting news!

2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
Poster showing new railway line to be built in the near future.

There was so much happening in the event: a petit concert, a makeshift food bazaar, a flea market, and even train rides!

Petit concert: A delightful melody guided the attendees.
Food bazaar: Takoyaki, fried chicken, and a variety of snacks you don’t want to miss. Let’s try something new today!
2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
Flee market: Some last-minute shopping for the science enthusiasts…

Some families are experiencing the mini-train outside the Santen Pharmaceutical company. By the way, you are allowed to visit this company during the festival.

2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
That shinkansen doesn’t look very fast…

Now we go over to the NAIST side of the event… Each research section arranges a variety of  interesting experiments for visitors.

Some families are waiting in line to experience interesting programs.

As part of the Takayama Science Town Festival,  NAIST also held a special open campus event, designed specially for kids and a general audience.  All of three graduate schools prepared various lively demonstrations and interesting experiments for visitors of different ages and backgrounds.

2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
Learning by doing: The kids are engaged with the hands-on demonstrations.
2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
In the biology research building:  a kid is listening carefully to the explanation about the growth process of mouse embryos.
2017 Takayama Science Festival & Open Campus
Learning by doing, learning by playing.

It‘s a nice day for kids, families, and everyone living near Takayama Science Town. Don’t worry if you missed this one, since NAIST runs multiple open campus events in a year. Such events also make great opportunities for potential applicants looking for a fine graduate school to apply for! Keep an eye out for the next one!

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