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June 2005 - Expo 2005 Kaleidoscope, AichiGlobal, global, global. I hope you like this word because if you visit Expo 2005 in Aichi Prefecture, you'll see it everywhere: Global Loop, Global Commons, Global Common 1, Global Common 2, Global Common 3, Global Common 4, Global Common 5, Global Common 6, Global Tram, Global Village, and Global House.

Over 120 countries, Japanese companies, local governments, and international organizations have pavilions at this "Nature's Wisdom" world expo not far from Nagoya.

It is actually Japan's second Universal Exposition (the first was Expo '70 in Osaka). The site is within an hour's train ride from Nagoya Station, but it will take longer to actually set foot inside the gate due to the crowds and security check. From Nagoya Station, it took me almost 2 hours to actually get inside the Expo.

I went on a weekday in May and even then, it was very crowded. Spent most of the day in the uncrowded international pavilions, then spent the evening entering government pavilions like Japan, Aichi, and Nagoya (taking about 20 min. each). To enter the popular corporate pavilions, expect to wait 2 or 3 hours. (I don't think any pavilion is worth waiting that long.)

One expo highlight is the exhibit of a frozen mammoth (head with tusks, and foot) unearthed in Russia in excellent condition and brought to Expo 2005. It was easy to see it with a reservation ticket (seiriken) which you can obtain near Global House where the mammoth is.

I've seen many expos in Japan, and without exception, this expo is mainly entertainment, amusement, and corporate and international PR. The site also has large tracts of greenery and water, but few people have the time and energy to walk around those areas. It's impossible to see everything in one day, so if you have only one day, prioritize the pavilions you want to visit.

Although the 4,600 yen admission ticket is somewhat steep, it's worth going at least once. Just to see what it's like and ogle at the crowds. To avoid the crowds, go on a rainy/stormy day. If you go during the summer, I wish you luck with the crowds and heat.

See more photos of the Aichi Expo here.
Cover photo and page design: © Philbert Ono

JAPANESE:

地球博の万華鏡
主催者は本当に「グローバル」という言葉が大好きですね。会場内になにもかも「グローバル」と名付けている。5月の平日に行ったけど、とても混んでいた。名古屋駅から行って会場に入るまでに2時間弱かかった。

人気のパビリオン(待ち時間が2〜3時間)に入れなくても、その混雑の写真を撮るだけで面白かった。

日中は、混んでいない国際パビリオンに入って夕方になって日本、愛知県、と名古屋市のパビリオンに入れた。マンモスも当日の整理券で簡単に入れた。(残念ながら、マンモスは撮影禁止。)

4,600円の入場券は高いけど、一度は行ったらいいと思う。
愛・地球博の写真はここ。
写真と表紙デザイン:© Philbert Ono
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Pointer to Expo shuttle train at Nagoya Station.
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9:01 am: Arrived JR Banpaku Yakusa Station from Nagoya
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9:22 am: Que to board the Linimo tram
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9:25 am: On the Linimo tram to the Expo site
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9:27 am: Arrived North Gate (view from Linimo tram)
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9:37 am: North Gate bottleneck for security check. Passed through by 9:45 am. Hardly a thorough check of your bags which also go through a metal detector machine. No bottled liquids allowed.
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In front of the Nagoya pavilion at Aichi Expo.
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Line to board the gondola at the North Station. Better to board at the South Station which is much less crowded.
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Long line at the Hitachi Group Pavilion.
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Waiting time: 110 minutes
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Line to receive reservation tickets to enter Toyota Pavilion. This is where you line up to obtain a reservation ticket (seiri-ken) to enter the Toyota Pavilion.This is where you line up to obtain a reservation ticket (seiri-ken) to enter the Toyota Pavilion. You have to line up a few hours before they start distributing the tickets because the number of available tickets is limited. Once there are enough people standing in line, they refuse any more people to que up. When the time comes to give out the tickets, the line advances quickly and soon disappears.
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Line to receive reservation tickets to enter Toyota Pavilion
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Line to receive reservation tickets to enter Toyota Pavilion
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Gondola for Seto site. Besides the main Nagakute site, there's another smaller site at Seto accessible by gondola. I didn't think it was worth the wait to go to the smaller site.
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Crowds at corporate pavilions.
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Line to receive reservation tickets to enter Global House (mammoth display).
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Line to receive reservation tickets to enter Global House (mammoth display).
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Global Loop elevated walkway. An elevated boardwalk called the Global Loop loops around the main part of the Nagakute site.
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Global Loop
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Global Loop and gondola
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Gondola over the Expo Plaza
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Global House (mammoth display) in the distance. The road on the right is where you stand in line to obtain reservation tickets to enter the Global House.
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Battery-driven Global Tram (500 yen per ride). Transportation on the Global Loop.
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Bicycle taxi
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School girls on a school trip at Aichi Expo
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Wooden corridor near North gate.
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Aichi Expo attendant
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Talking robot
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Official expo mascots, Kiccoro (smaller one) and Morizo
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Expo mascot goods
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Rest stop
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Trash cans for every kind of trash, emphasizing recycling.
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National flags
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UN Pavilion
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US Pavilion
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US Pavilion Featuring Ben Franklin.
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US Pavilion security check.
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US Pavilion Ben Franklin movie.
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US Pavilion display, Mars explorer replica.
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US Pavilion display about flight.
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US Pavilion attendant on a Segway.
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Posing outside the US Pavilion.
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Canada
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Mexico
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Bulgaria
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Bulgaria
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Spain (nice facade)1 comments
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Italy
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Italy (chocolate covered car)
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Waiting times (Germany is popular with 2-hour waiting time).
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Turkey
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Nordic (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland)
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Nordic
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Switzerland (Kanji character for "mountain.")
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Austria
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Czech Republic, another nice facade of wooden sticks.
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Czech Republic
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Russian Federation
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UK
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UK, a garden entrance path.
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Poland
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Poland (basket-like facade)
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Poland
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Poland
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India
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Malaysia
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Malaysian dancers on outdoor mini stage.
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Malaysian dancer
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Malaysian dancer
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Vietnam Pavilion
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Vietnam
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Cambodia
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Cambodia, stone carving for sale.
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South Pacific Islands
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South Pacific Islander
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South Pacific Islands
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Indonesia
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The Philippines (left) and Laos (right)
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Laos
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The Philippines
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The Philippines, very nice aroma inside the pavilion.
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Australia
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Australia
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Singapore
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Global Common 6, an enclave of international pavilions.
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Restaurant serving imitation (but edible) locomoco. Locomoco is a popular dish from Hawaii with rice topped with a hamburger patty covered with sunny-side up egg.
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Now for some Japanese pavilions. This is the Japan Pavilion Nagakute.
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Japan Pavilion Nagakute. This line represents a wait of about 140 min.
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Japan Pavilion and Nagoya City Pavilion Earth Tower
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Nagoya City Pavilion Earth Tower. The pavilion features a giant kaleidoscope on the ceiling and wall.
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Aichi Pavilion Nagakute (Highly recommended). The indoor show features a high-flying, acrobatic act.
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Toyota Pavilion, the expo's most popular pavilion.
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Hitachi Group Pavilion
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Gas Pavilion on left and Mountain of Dreams on right.
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Mitsui-Toshiba Pavilion attendant at Aichi Expo.
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Global House at Aichi Expo.
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Global House
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Chubu Community, a joint pavilion featuring central prefectures of Gifu, Shiga, Toyama, Shizuoka, etc.
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Chubu Community (Shiga Pref.)
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Night show at the Koi Pond. Snow monkey and swan.
   
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