Drs Hideaki Sugawara (Director of Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan (CIB-DDBJ), NIG) and Yoshio Tateno (Director of DNA Data Bank of Japan, NIG) had retired from the National Institute of Genetics on March 31st but appointed to be the staff of DDBJ for one year on April 1st. Professor Hideaki Sugawara provides some slides from his final lecture in the institute on March 21st to introduce you “behind the curtain” of DDBJ.