Commutan Fukushima is in the Tamura-Seibu Industrial Park in Miharu, and has a concept of encouraging dialogue and co-creation to create Fukushima’s future. The digital clock at the center of the exhibition room shows the time elapsed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11th, 2011.
While looking back on the road to recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear power plant accident, you can learn about the data-based Fukushima environment, global environmental problems, and actions for putting SDGs into practice, based on the keywords of “environmental restoration and creation”.
Fukushima has bounced back from disaster, and proceeded to become a sustainable society.
Learn about the current state of Fukushima’s environment.
In the “Current Fukushima Environment” section, changes in the air dose rate at various places in Fukushima Prefecture, and Fukushima agricultural product monitoring data, are exhibited. All of them have cleared the guidelines, so you can live without any worries.
▲A realistic reproduction of the Fukushima nuclear power plant immediately after the accident.
▲A row of newspaper articles dating from March 11th, 2011.
In the “Environment Creation Lab” section, you can learn about renewable energy power generation introduced in Fukushima Prefecture with the aim of carbon neutrality. You can become an avatar by having your facial image synthesized, enter an animated house and town to check how eco-friendly your lifestyle is, see whether or not you can separate garbage correctly by playing a touch panel game, and use the experience in your own daily life.
▲Very busy playing a garbage separation game.
▲Adjust your face position, then smile for the camera.
▲Walk around and have a look at the house.
Invisible radiation made visible.
Deepen your understanding of radiation through a cloud chamber, where you can see radiation that exists in nature with the naked eye, or through a game of defending yourself from radiation displayed on the large screen, then try actually measuring the radiation of various things.
▲Move the avatar to defend yourself from radiation.
▲This shows radiation made visible in a cloud chamber.
Get to know the actual earth as though you’re holding it in your hand.
“Hands-on Earth”is a digital globe that shows real-time weather, winds, and ocean currents.
Take this opportunity to think about the worldwide environmental problems caused by marine plastic waste and air pollution.
Surrounded by sound and images
“Environmental Creation Theater”
This rare spherical theater, of which there are only two in Japan, is attractive in that you can watch a 360 degree video spreading from floor to ceiling.
In “Fukushima Renaissance”, you can enjoy a whole-body experience of beautiful Fukushima nature and festivals deeply-rooted in Fukushima culture. Also, you must hear the narration by the famous Fukushima actor Toshiyuki Nishida.
Based on various kinds of data, you can visualize Fukushima from the present to the future with the “3D Fukushima”.
You can see various kinds of data using projection mapping onto a 3D map modelled on Fukushima Prefecture, including data about spots where wildlife pests such as bears and wild boars appear, and about suitable land for fruit cultivation. If temperatures continue to rise as they are now, Fukushima may become famous for oranges by 2090.
▲Images appear on a white, three-dimensional model of Fukushima Prefecture.
［Reader Model’s Impression］
It was the first time I’d visited Commutan Fukushima, and it caused me to remember experiencing the Tohoku earthquake disaster when I was a junior high school student. I learned about SDGs and global warming too, and I’d like to apply what I learned there to my future life.
Commutan Fukushima – Fukushima Prefectural Centre for Environmental Creation Communication building
2-10 Fukasaku, Miharu-machi, Tamura-gun, Fukushima, 963-7700, Japan
9：00 to 17：00
Closed on Mondays
※If Monday is a national holiday, the facility is open on Monday and closed the following day.
Year-end and new year holiday: Dec. 29 to Jan. 3