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Exhibition Outline

This special exhibition is based on the contents and worldview of the moveable illustrated encyclopedia "MOVE," which defies the conventional wisdom of illustrated encyclopedias, and allows visitors to experience, through their five senses, the resourcefulness and techniques that living things possess.

Rather than learning by observing living things, visitors go through the experience of becoming the living things themselves with the aim of understanding the ideas more clearly, and learning about biodiversity and understanding of others in a new and unprecedented way.

The joy that they feel when they have experienced what it is like to be another living thing rouses their interest in a wide range of knowledge about living things and nature, and conveys to them the fun of learning.

Key message of the exhibition: "Understand many things by stepping in the shoes of others."

All living things adapt to the environment through their own unique senses of resourcefulness and ingenuity, and in doing so, protect their own lives and continue to survive. The whimsical guises that children love, as well as their surprising habits, are all characteristics that we have acquired through a difficult process of survival, and represent ideas that have been put into practice.

"MOVE! into the wildlife" is a completely new attempt to bring the experience of "becoming another living thing" to children, so as to help them understand why other living things have chosen such unique ways of life.

On our Earth today, a rich variation of living things inhabiting a wide range of environments are creating a single system through their interlinkages, and the circulation of their lives. An experience that allows one to acquire the perspective of a different living thing draws out our respect for the natural world, and becomes an invaluable experience that facilitates an intuitive understanding of biodiversity.

We hope that this experience will encourage visitors to think about how human beings, who form a small part of this harmonious system, can evolve and continue maintaining this relationship going forward.

What is the moveable illustrated encyclopedia "MOVE"?

Kodansha's moveable illustrated encyclopedia, "MOVE," was born six years ago. In addition to providing catalog-based information through the conventional means of illustrated encyclopedias, the information is linked with powerful photographs and DVDs containing videos produced by NHK. This format stimulates the curiosity of children by surprising and inspiring them, and aims to spark their interest toward a new world. To date, Kodansha has published 15 titles including illustrated encyclopedias about living things such as animals, insects, and fish. Over the past six years, it has become a popular series with 2.5 million copies sold.


Visitors can enjoy activities based on four themes, in which they experience by becoming living creatures.

Wonder Jungle

Meet unique creatures of the tropical rainforest. You can even experience becoming the basilisk lizard, that runs on water!
This is a jungle-themed area that is packed with life. Many species make use of their own strengths to survive. Here, it is possible for visitors to become a basilisk, a lizard that runs lightly on water, and simulate the experience of running on water themselves. They can also get a real sense of the tropical rainforest ecosystem in which these unique creatures live.

Miracle Savannah

Learn about the food chain and evolution in which creatures win through competition. Become a lion and hunt prey!
The theme of this area is the savannah, a shrub zone with few places to hide. Creatures survive by hunting and eating prey. Here, visitors can become a lion and experience hunting without being seen by prey herbivores. Through this, they can get a sense of the food chain and the wisdom that is needed to survive in the savannah.

Small Garden

Here you discover the world of small creatures at your feet. Become a woodlouse and protect yourself!
The theme of this area is the world at our feet, including the bugs and flowers that we normally see without paying much attention. Woodlice have gained the skill of rolling up to protect themselves, and visitors can experience this, as well as learning about the cycle of organic matter and its connections with plants, especially the role of decomposition, for which small creatures are responsible. Visitors can discover a new world, right at their feet, which they have previously seen without thought.

Survival Ocean

Experience the harshness of the struggle for existence in the sea. Glide away to avoid being eaten by a megalodon!
This is the ocean, where a fierce struggle for existence unfolds, unseen by humans. Visitors learn about the importance of the food chain and the dynamism of changes to the hierarchy in this oceanic world due to extinctions and other factors. They can get a feel for the harsh struggle for existence—eat or be eaten—by experiencing being a penguin who glides away so as not to be eaten by the megalodon, a huge shark that lies in wait with its mouth wide open beneath the slides of drifting ice.

*“Experience becoming a creature” is entertainment to stimulate curiosity, and includes partially exaggerated or fictitious set-ups.

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Special Exhibition "MOVE! into the wildlife"
November 29 (Wed), 2017 - April 8 (Sun), 2018
Special Exhibition Zone 1F, Miraikan- The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Every Tuesday except December 26, January 1, March 20, March 27, April 3, New Year's Holidays (December 28 - January 1)
Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, KODANSHA, DENTSU, The Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK ENTERPRISES, DENTSU LIVE, VECTOR