I recently visited Japan as an exchange student at the University of Tsukuba. I was
staying at Tsukuba science city which is located in Ibaraki prefecture about 70 KM north of Tokyo.
For a science nerd like me who also happens to love nature and suburban lifestyle, Tsukuba may serve as the city of dreams. Because of its very well planned establishment and good connectivity with Tokyo, it not only hosts researchers from around Japan but also serves as an alternate home for working population of Tokyo. It has several research institutions of national importance of Japan like National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), University of Tsukuba (UT) and headquarters of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), influence of which can be easily seen even on the manholes. Tsukuba is a fairly international city and hosts some of the brightest minds in Japan. In next few blogs, I will share my day-to-day experiences in Tsukuba during my stay period of just over 70 days.
A stormwater manhole in Tsukuba Science City.