The first that occurred was the annual laboratory trip. Usually, each laboratory in the department (I believe there are 13 total right now, each of them with between 8-30 people depending on the specialty) has one trip where all the laboratory members do activities and have fun together. Last year, due to budget cuts, my laboratory was unable to do anything, but this year, we were able to go to a local tourism spot called Nokonoshima (http://yokanavi.com/eg/theme/detail/460). The island is famous for its beautiful flowers and tasty seafood. Of course, since it is an island, you must ride a ferry to get to the island.
After a very long, hot day everyone was pretty exhausted, so we rode the ferry back to the mainland just in time to see the sun start setting.