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Upcoming Events

Plant Art Exhibit

Location: National Science Museum – Tsukuba Botanical Garden

Dates: December 22nd, 2012 (Saturday) – January 14th, 2013 (Monday/holiday)

※     Closed December 28th – January 4th, and January 7th.

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm (last entrance at 4:00pm)

Admission Fee: Adults 300 yen, High School Students and younger/Seniors 65 and older Free


The mysterious shape of livings things. Various art pieces that have been derived from that shape, as well as the original living thing, will be on display at Tsukuba Botanical Garden. Ernst Haeckel, the one gave an artistic quality to the form of living things, was both a biologist and a physician, and had aimed to be an artist from a very young age. His work, “Kunstformen der Natur” (Art Forms of Nature), is of the highest artistic quality, had a huge effect on artists in the early 20th century, and is even said to have been one of the motivations for the art nouveau movement. This exhibit will incorporate both Haeckel’s works of art, as well as the living sample or picture from which the piece was inspired from. We hope that visitors will be able to appreciate the high artistic quality derived from the form of living things, and gain an insight into how Haeckel perceived them.

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Winter Warm Up Fair!! in Hitachinaka

Location: Hitachi Seaside Park (Various locations throughout the park)

Dates: December 15th, 2012 (Saturday) – January 14th, 2013 (Monday/ holiday)

※Closed Mondays (except December 24th and January 14th), December 31st, and January 1st.

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Entrance Fee: Adults (15 and older) 400 yen, Children 80 yen

※     Extra fees may apply to various events inside the park.


Cold winters are the perfect reason to come to Hitachi Seaside Park to warm up your bodies and hearts! From the inside of the warm glass house, visitors can enjoy the brightly-colored landscape of “Ice Tulips” together with the view of the Pacific Ocean. Besides holding a Christmas concert, visitors will be able to experience battledore (a traditional racket game) and rice-cake making at the traditional houses inside the park, and will also be able to take part in a “Cycle Rally” in which they can draw for wonderful prizes!

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Penguin Walk Time! “Season 6”

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Location: Aquaworld Oarai Aquarium

3rd Floor Penguin Tank (Outdoor Area)

Dates: November 1st, 2012 – May 6th, 2013

Time: 11:00am (5-10 minutes)


10 penguins will be selected each day to challenge an adventure-type walk full of obstacles including stairs and a see-saw. Will the penguins be able to complete the challenge? Come and see for yourself!


※     During times of rain, the walk will be replaced with feeding time.

※ The 11:00am feeding time will be canceled on days of the walk.


Upcoming Events

20th Annual Tsuchiura Winter Festival

Location: Tsuchiura Station, West Entrance Square

Dates: November 22nd 2012 – March 3rd 2013

Light-up Times: 5:00pm – 11:00pm


The cedar trees and sky ring dome at Tsuchiura Station’s West Entrance Square will be the focal point of the “20th Annual Tsuchiura Winter Festival” illumination. From this year forward, the East Entrance Square will also be decorated with lights, and will welcome visitors to Tsuchiura’s front door like never before!

Tsuchiura Winter Festival