Press Releases

July 8, 2009
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Public Open Day for R/V KAIREI and Mutsu Institute

The Mutsu Institute for Oceanography (MIO) of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC; Yasuhiro Kato, President) will hold an open house of its facility and the Deep Sea Research Vessel “ KAIREI” as described below. The annual event is designed to introduce the institute’s research activities extensively to the public, by offering them the opportunity to experience and explore the mysteries and wonders of the oceans.

The open house also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Mutsu City and the 5th anniversary of its amalgamation with neighboring municipalities.

Open House Details

1.Date and time: August 8 (Sat.), 2009, 10:00~16:00 (Last admission 15:30)
*Opening ceremony: 9:30 to 10:00
2.Venue: Mutsu Institute for Oceanography (MIO), JAMSTEC
690 Kita-Sekine, Sekine, Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture
(approx. 20 minutes by car from Shimokita Station, JR Oominato Line)
*Free shuttle buses available from Mutsu City see leaflet (in Japanese)
3. Admission: Free
4. Open house
features :
1) Deep Sea Research Vessel(R/V) " KAIREI " (about KAIREI)
2) Scientific exhibits from the research findings
3) Science experiments – “Exploring the Wonders of Science”-
4) Research facilities and exhibits of Triton Buoy and Argo Float
5)Treasure hunt using a small underwater robot
6) Stamp rally
7) Exhibition of award-winning works from the “Draw Your Dreams of the Ocean on a Postcard” contest
8) Complimentary personalized calendar featuring a photo of each visitor taken in front of R/V KAIREI (for the first 500 visitors)

5. Notes:

1) The event may be canceled due to inclement weather or other emergency situations.
2) For safety reasons, visitors who are wearing high-heels or sandals, or those under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed entry, due to the many levels and steps inside the ship.
3) Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
4) For the prevention of the spread of the new influenza, visitors are subject to a brief temperature check with a non-contact thermometer before boarding the ship. Visitors with cold symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing or fever will unfortunately be refused entry.


(For open house)
Masayuki Watanabe
General Affairs Division
Mutsu Institute of Oceanography
(For Publication)
Noriyuki Murata, e-mail:
Manager, Planning Department Press Office
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology