RIKEN Kobe Campus Open House 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Open House!
Friday, November 23, 2018 (Public Holiday)
10:00–16:30 (last admission 16:15)
East Area:
Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR),
Research Complex Hub
Kobe MI R&D Center Building and Integrated Innovation Building (IIB)
6-7-3 Minatojima, Minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe
West Area:
Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR)
Developmental Biology Buildings
2-2-3 Minatojima, Minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Come and find out what kind of research is being carried out at the RIKEN research centers based in Kobe! There will be plenty of opportunities to meet and talk to scientists who are working on cutting-edge research.

The presentations and activities will mainly be in Japanese, but English language assistance is available for some events.

If you have any questions, please contact:
General Affairs Section, RIKEN Kobe Administrative Division
Tel: 078-306-0111


*Event number corresponds to number on map.
*Some events have age restrictions or require numbered tickets for participation.
East area events
MI 2F/1F
Imaging lab tour
Explore cutting-edge equipment and facilities used for molecular imaging research through a guided tour by scientists!
①10:15〜, ②10:45〜, ③11:15〜,④13:15〜,
⑤13:45〜, ⑥14:15〜, ⑦14:45〜, ⑧15:15〜 (approx. 60 min)
Capacity: 10 adults (junior high school age and above) per tour
Participants under elementary school age must be accompanied by a guardian. (Max. 5 children per tour)
*Number ticket required. Tickets will be distributed on first-come-first-served basis at Event ❶
Tours ①②③ from 10:00
Tours ④⑤⑥ from 13:00
Tours ⑦⑧ from 14:30
MI 2F やって知る
Learn more about radiation around us!
Learn about the properties and uses of radiation using a handmade cloud chamber and the latest semiconductor detector! Solve the puzzle to receive a prize!
All day
*Children under elementary school age must be accompanied by a guardian.
MI 2F やって知る キッズにおすすめ
Science classroom: Let’s make slime!
Make your own colorful gooey slime!
All day
*Children under elementary school age must be accompanied by a guardian.
MI 2F やって知る キッズにおすすめ
Become a scientist! Take photos with cardboard stand-ins
Try on a lab coat and take photos with experimental equipment. There will also be one-of-a-kind cardboard stand-ins you can take photos with!
All day
“Kagakudo 100 books” lounge
You can read 100 different books introducing what makes science fun and exciting.
All day
IIB 2F やって知る
Measure your fatigue levels
Measure fatigue levels using a special camera combined with state-of-the-art image analysis technology and medical data.
All day (reception closes at 16:00)
Panel exhibit
Introduction to various activities undertaken under the “Compass to a Healthy Life” Research Complex Program.
All day
IIB 6F やって知る
Measure your health indices
You can measure your blood flow, walking posture, and memory function.
All day (reception closes at 16:00)
Introduction to RIKEN centers
Learn about the different RIKEN centers and cutting-edge facilities located across Japan.
All day
Mini talk session: The world of mathematical science-why is math hot now?
Hear about a wide range of the latest topics in mathematical sciences from AI to mathematical biology, first-hand from researchers of the RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS). They will be happy to take questions you may have.
*Talks are in Japanese only
RIKEN Official Goods Corner
Buy a souvenir of your visit to RIKEN for your family and friends.
RIKEN Official Goods
All day


*Event number corresponds to number on map.
*Some events have age restrictions or require numbered tickets for participation.
West area events
A 2F キッズにおすすめ
Magical animation stick
Experience the wonder of animation by making still pictures move like an animation by rotating the easy-to-make animation stick. Watch the waxing and waning of the moon around the Earth and the astronaut floating around space with the animation stick.
All day
A 4F やって知る
Dear future scientist: Let us show you what the future holds
Learn about and experience a day in the life of fruit fly scientists—observe flies, make fly food, see how they carry out their research.
①10:15-, ②11:00-, ③12:00-, ④13:00-, ⑤14:00-, ⑥15:00-, ⑦16:00- (approx. 30 min)
Capacity: 15 people per time slot (children under elementary school age must be accompanies by a guardian)
Numbered ticket required. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis at event number ⓭.
(①②③ 10:00-, ④⑤⑥⑦ 12:30-)
A 5F
Close in on the mystique of the skin—the largest organ of the body
The skin is one organ that we are in contact with every day. See how skin is formed from communication between different cell types. You can observe your own skin under the microscope as well!
All day
A 7F やって知る キッズにおすすめ
Science craft corner: Make an original science button
Make a unique button of your favorite microscopic world. Discover the wondrous world of organisms under a microscope, and take a snapshot of your favorite image to make it into a button.
All day
*Children under elementary school age must be accompanied by a guardian.
A 7F キッズにおすすめ
Ocean view book lounge
Take a short break and take in the ocean view at the book lounge. Easy-to-read and recommended books on biology will be on display. There will also be favorite books of RIKEN scientists, books written by RIKEN scientists, and illustrated books. You can also take part in a craft session at pre-set times.
All day
︎Animal paper craft hat [Participation on first-come-first-served basis at lounge]
11:00-, 14:00- (approx. 30 min)
Capacity: 15 people per time slot
Participants 3 years old and above, participants under elementary school age must be accompanied by a guardian
Secret event: “Paper craft hat for adults!” Sign-up by 14:00. You can also drop by to just try on a hat!
B 2F キッズにおすすめ やって知る
Science is art! Separate molecules by paper chromatography
Water-based markers contain a number of color pigments. You can separate the colors of a water-based marker by dipping a piece of paper marked with the water-based marker in water. It’s like art! Find out how this phenomenon is useful in our research.
All day
D 2F
How can you join RIKEN as a graduate student?
Take part in the research carried out at RIKEN! All labs welcome graduate students with a passion for science! This is a great opportunity to meet and talk to the laboratory heads about their research.
All day
(laboratory heads will be available for a chat from 15:00-15:30)
D 4F
Using C. elegans to look at how the body is formed
The body of the nematode worm, C. elegans, arises from a single fertilized egg, which undergoes cell division and differentiation into 1000 cells. Look through a microscope to see what changes in shape and movement result from inactivation of genes in C. elegans. Learn about the latest quantitative technology that uses AI-based image processing.
All day
D 4F やって知る
C. elegans pick-up: How many worms can you catch?
Try your hand a picking up 1 mm-sized C. elegans under a microscope. See how many you can pick within the allotted time!
①11:00- ②13:30- ③15:00- (approx. 15min)
Maximum 8 people per time slot.
Participants must be at least of elementary school age.
Numbered ticket required. Tickets will be distributed on first-come-first-served basis at event ⓴ at the times below.
①10:30- ②13:00- ③14:30-
D 5F
Meet “Maholo”—an automated cell culturing AI robot
“Maholo” can culture iPS cells and retinal cells. Come and watch “Maholo” in action
All day
C 1F
Learn about development of different animals!
Organisms develop from a single cell, going through multiple steps until a complex body form arises. Come and observe the developmental stages of different organisms and learn about the mechanisms involved in development.
All day
C 1F
Let's observe living organisms!
Take a close look at frogs, turtles, chick, fish and mice used as model organisms in research. Find out how they are useful in research.
All day
C 2F
Decipher the records of life
The genome is the blueprint of how our bodies are built and is also a record of biological evolution. Learn about how we examine the DNA making up the genome and the molecules produced from the genome, and what we can learn from this research.
All day
C 4F
How is the shape of living organisms developed? Look at the moment that shapes are formed!
How do chicken, frogs, and fish grow? Observe these organisms and think about how various shapes are formed! We will also introduce our research that applies mathematics to uncover how body shapes arise.
10:00-12:00/ 13:30-16:00