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Bashamichi Station on the MInato Mirai Line is one of the stations closest to the expo site. It has an info counter.
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Bashamichi Station pointing the way to EXPO Y150. The expo has three areas, with the Bayside Area being the main one at the waterfront area next to the Red Brick Warehouses.
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Yokohama Port was opened to the world in 1859, making 2009 the 150th anniversary of the port's opening. To celebrate, Yokohama held EXPO Y150 during April 28 to Sept. 27, 2009.
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Map of the Bayside Area which consists of several expo places, three of which required admission.
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Bayside Area's main venue is the Hajimari-no-Mori.
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Hajimari-no-Mori consisted of these round buildings.
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Ticket office at Hajimari-no-Mori. Admission for adults is 2400 yen.
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Hajimari-no-Mori Gate.
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Inside Hajimari-no-Mori. It's not a huge place, but the main attraction is La Machine and the Yokohama Monogatari Pavilion.
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Hajimari-no-Mori's main attraction is La Machine, a giant mechanical spider. (Photos below.)
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Tanemaru, official mascot of EXPO Y150. It is a sprouting seed on a boat.
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Tanemaru, official mascot of EXPO Y150.Tanemaru as described at the official Web site: "Tanemaru embodies the spirit of the camphor tree that stands in the courtyard of the Yokohama Archives of History, watching over Japan since the opening of the country 150 years ago. In the year 2009, Tanemaru “sets sail” into the next 150 years, bearing new seeds of vitality for Asia and the rest of the world."
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Entrance to the Hajimari-no-Mori's main pavilion called Yokohama Monogatari (Yokohama Story).
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Inside the Yokohama Monogatari Pavilion which explains Yokohama's history with emphasis on Perry's visit.
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Painting depicting Perry's landing at Yokohama.
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The dawn of Japan-America relations.
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To hear what they are saying, see my video at YouTube.
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Food served to Perry and his men.
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History of Yokohama after the port opening in 1859.
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About Townsend Harris, US Counsel.
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Panel outlining the history of Yokohama since its port opening.
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Mini theater at the Yokohama Monogatari pavilion.
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With many Western technologies brought to Yokohama, many of Japan's Western things like railroads, ice cream, photography, and publishing started in Yokohama.
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The start of new occupations.
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The start of newspaper publishing.
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One new occupation was photographers.
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Beato Photo Studio. Beato was a pioneering photographer in Japan.
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La Machine, from France, gives a street performance a few times a day.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Pretty dramatic show.
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It crawls from one end to the other.
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Each of the spider's legs is controlled by an operator.
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Sometimes the spider would spew its web from its mouth and tail. (Actually water.)
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Inside ENEOS Energy Future Pavilion
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Souvenir shop
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Tanemaru dolls
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Tanemaru on Hikone no Yoi-nyanko (alias Hiko-nyan).
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Kurofune Restaurant
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Kurofune (Blackship) Restaurant
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Across the road from Hajimari-no-Mori is Tomorrow Park, a smaller site, mainly an indoor theater for anime. Admission required.
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Entrance to Tomorrow Park
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Entrance to Tomorrow Park
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Inside Tomorrow Park
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Futuristic Theater BATON
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Futuristic Theater BATON showed anime movie.
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Earth Balloon HOME. Lit up at night and floats up by 20 meters.
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Stage
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Stage
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The third Bayside Area venue was at Shinko Pier, featuring Nissan Dream Front. The building looks like a large warehouse. It had exhibits and a theater.
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Inside Dream Front in the waiting lobby were corrugated cardboard models of various boats. On the left is Hokule'a from Hawaii.
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The Hokule'a visited Yokohama from Hawaii in 2007.
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After a beautiful. high-definition film (included footage of hang gliding atop Hawaii's Diamond Head) in the Super Hi-Vision Theater, we come here to gaze at Nissan's prototype electric car.
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Nissan's first electric car.
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A more recent electric car, no longer sold.
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Now a ride on the Kanko Maru blackship. It was a free ride for Expo Y150 admission ticket holders. Reservation tickets were available from 10 am at the entrance of Tomorrow Park which is near the boat pier.
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The Kanko Maru was on loan from Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki.
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They offer one-hour cruises a few times a day for about a week in early Aug. 2009 when I went.
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The Kanko Maru was built in 1987 in Holland.
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On top deck.
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Kanko Maru departing the pier.
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Kanko Maru in Yokohama
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Below deck on the Kanko Maru. This deck was air-conditioned.
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First duty of the day was to raise the mast.
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Raising a sail.
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Then we were allowed to walk along the bowsprit after donning life jackets. Safety net below, but we were told not to bring sunglasses, etc., which may fall into the water.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Safety net below so it was not dangerous to walk on the pole.
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Yokohama Bay Bridge.
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Osanbashi Pier.
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Asuka II luxury ship was docked at Osanbashi.
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Yamashita Park was as far as we got.
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Hikawa Maru at Yamashita Park.
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Minato Mirai skyline
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Red Brick Warehouses
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Next activity was tying rope knots. Haven't done this since being a Boy Scout.
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Off Minato Mirai
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Pukari Pier
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Japan Coast Guard ship
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Arrive back to port.
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Red Brick Warehouse had a restaurant and souvenir shop called "Open Country, Open Port." Free admission.
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Hikone no Yoi-nyanko and Tanemaru
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Unfortunately, Expo Y150 failed to attract the 5 million visitors the city had hoped for. Only 1.24 million paid visitors came, resulting in a major financial loss for the city.Also see the Official Web site here.
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Nearby the expo site is the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum 海外移住資料館 operated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). There are permanent exhibitions explaining the immigration to Hawai'i, continental USA, and S. America
   
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