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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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In 2011, the Go and Azai Sisters Expo is publicized everywhere in Nagahama. This is the east side of Nagahama Station.
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Go to the west side of Nagahama Station to catch the shuttle bus going to the Go and Azai Sisters Expo pavilions. Buy the roundtrip bus ticket at the little office near the bus stop at the train station.
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The 1,000 yen ticket includes admission to all three pavilions and roundtrip shuttle bus fare. Best to go the Odani pavilion first, then the Azai pavilion, and the central Nagahama pavilion on the way back.
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The shuttle bus leaves once or twice an hour. It comes with a bus guide.
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The Odani pavilion is at the foot of Odani Castle. Shuttle buses run between the three pavilions. Best to take a shuttle bus from Nagahama Station (West exit) and go directly to this pavilion.
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Path to the Odani pavilion called Odani–Go no Furusato-kan (小谷・江のふるさと館).
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Fence modeled after a samurai battle fence.
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Odani–Go no Furusato-kan (小谷・江のふるさと館) in Odani.
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Rear view of Odani–Go no Furusato-kan (小谷・江のふるさと館) pavilion. The building in the foreground is a small gift shop.
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Outside the pavilion are food stalls and covered picnic tables.
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Food stall named "Ogo-chan."
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Map of area surrounding the Odani pavilion.
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Inside the Odani pavilion is this samurai costume which you can wear and take pictures of yourself.
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Also replica matchlock guns.
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The Odani pavilion's most impressive exhibit was this scale model of Mt. Odani with Odani Castle in its heyday. On the left, you can also see Mt. Toragozen where Nobunaga's troops were perched to attack Odani Castle.
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Model of Odani Castle. The mountain is quite steep and it was a difficult place to live logistically so normally, the castle lord and his family lived in the valley on the left side of the mountain.
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Map of Mt. Odani. From the Odani pavilion, there are shuttle buses going to Odani Castle. The roundtrip fare is 500 yen. It is a guided tour to the main parts of Odani Castle ruins. Photos here.
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At the Odani pavilion at the foot of Mt. Odani, a shuttle bus to Odani Castle with a tour guide is provided for 500 yen roundtrip during 2011. A lot easier than walking up the mountain.
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Outside the Odani pavilion is this outdoor stage. On weekends, a drama troupe performs.
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Samurai
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Entrance to Odani Castle Sengoku Historical Museum (小谷城戦国歴史資) opened in fall 2007. The museum is in the valley adjacent to Mt. Odani. Although the castle was atop the mountain, the castle lord and his family (Azai sisters) normally lived i
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Odani Castle Sengoku Historical Museum. Admission 300 yen (not included in the expo ticket price). Can't take photos inside, but there are two small exhibition rooms explaining about the Azai clan and Odani Castle. No English.
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The third and main pavilion is in Azai. This is where the expo's opening ceremony was held on Jan. 15, 2011 with Shiga Governor Kada Yukiko and actor Tokito Saburo in attendance.
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Statue of the Azai family in front of the Azai pavilion. As soon as they arrive here, most visitors take a picture of this sculpture.
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About the Azai family sculpture. There's Nagamasa, Oichi, Chacha, Ohatsu Go, and Manpukumaru. They are gazing at Lake Biwa and Chikubushima from Odani.
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The Azai pavilion is called Azai–Go no Drama-kan (浅井・江のドラマ館). It displays kimono worn by the actresses (Ueno Juri, Miyazawa Rie) and samurai armor worn by the actors playing Oda Nobunaga and Azai Nagamasa. There’s also a small video
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Food stalls
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Table for food stalls.
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Vending machines with Azai sisters moif.
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Inside the ift shop. This is the expo's largest gift shop. Buy your Azai sisters souvenirs and guide books here next to the Azai pavilion.
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Gift shop
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Go and Azai Sisters Expo banner.
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Shuttle bus to go to the next pavilion. They start from Nagahama Station's west exit and go to all three pavilions with stops at major attractions along the way. A bus guide is aboard the us.
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Otemon-dori shopping arcade in central Nagahama with banners showing the way to the Go and Azai Sisters Expo venue. The expo has three pavilions in three different locations: central Nagahama, Odani, and Azai.
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Across from the Nagahama Hikiyama Museum is the first Go and Azai Sisters Expo paviion called Nagahama Kurokabe Rekishi Drama 50-saku-kan (長浜黒壁・歴史ドラマ50作館).
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This pavilion is actually a small exhibition room on the 2nd floor of a small shopping complex. It has panel displays of past NHK Taiga Dramas (50 of them) and a small video theater.
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Photography is not allowed inside the pavilions except for certain objects. Model of Odani Castle. This pavilion next to the Hikiyama Museum does not have much. See it only if you have time or if you're a Taiga Drama fan.
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Heiwado dept. store in front of Nagahama Station.
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Inside Heiwado dept. store in front of Nagahama Station.
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Lots of Azai sisters merchandise on sale in Heiwado.
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Top floor of Heiwado had this exhibition of Azai sisters-related crafts by local school children.
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Splendid work of Azai sisters made of small rolls of paper.
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Oda Nobunaga
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Odani Castle and the Azai sister trio.
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Calligraphy of Azai sisters-related words and phrases.
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Calligraphy of Azai sisters-related words and phrases.
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Drawings of the three Azai sisters by local children exhibited in Heiwado in Nagahama.
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Drawings of the three Azai sisters by local children.
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The 2nd CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show was held during a cold winter of Feb. 9-13, 2011.
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Canon booth
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Canon booth in a central location.
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The Canon booth employed a few pretty girls to introduce their latest D-SLRs (EOS Kiss X5 and X50) and Ivis video camera.
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Canon girl
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Canon girl showing off the latest consumer camcorder.
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Canon girl poses for camera-toting gawkers.
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Canon also held a talk show featuring actress Takeshita Keiko.
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Canon booth's talk show featuring actress Takeshita Keiko. The talk show had two young photographers whom Takeshita interviewed. The show was later televised on NTV on Feb. 11.
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Panasonic Lumix girl at CP+ 2011 Camera Show.
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Lumix girl
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FujiFilm used this girl and set to demo their 3D camera.
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FujiFilm
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Pentax girl at CP+ 2011 Camera Show.
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Pentax girl at CP+ 2011 Camera Show.
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Sony booth had cyclists and models.
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Hakuba girl at CP+ 2011 Camera Show.
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Yamada Kumio giving a talk at Olympus booth. He operates digitalcamera.jp.
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PrintRush booth allowed us to print five free prints from our memory card. Very good quality prints too.
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Nikon girls pose at CP+ 2011 Camera Show.
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Nikon girls at closing time of CP+ 2011 Camera Show.
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Nikon girls at closing time of CP+ 2011 Camera Show.
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Nikon girls at closing time of CP+ 2011 Camera Show.
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The 1st CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show was held in Pacifico Yokohama during March 11-14, 2010. It replaces the old photo expo held in Tokyo called Photo Imaging Expo (PIE).
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Over 41,000 people attended CP+ in 2010. The venue is near Sakuragicho Station. The show wasn't as big as PIE in Tokyo. Darkroom and large-format makers were absent at CP+.
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Canon booth at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2010 in Yokohama.
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Canon cameras for touch and feel.
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Canon booth had a number of pretty girls in pretty colors modeling under bright lights.
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Canon cameras
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Canon cameras
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With a cherry blossom motif, the attractive General Electric booth at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2010 in Yokohama.
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Nikon booth at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2010 in Yokohama.
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Nikon seminar
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Nikon had a dark room with colorful aquariums.
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FujiFilm booth at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2010 in Yokohama.
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FujiFilm was another one with a bevy of girls showing off its latest cameras.
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FujiFilm's 3D camera system attracted attention.
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Hakuba girls
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Leggy Ricoh girl
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Lumix girl
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Lumix girls
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Pentax booth at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2010 in Yokohama.
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Pentax girl
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Pentax camera display
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Casio
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Sexy model at CP+ photo show in Yokohama
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Sexy model at CP+ photo show in Yokohama
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This Epson girl was a projection on plexiglass.
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Maids
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Hasselblad booth at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2010 in Yokohama.
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JCII Camera Museum booth at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2010 in Yokohama.
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Exhibitions
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Pacifico Yokohama escalator going down to the CP+ venue. CP+ 2011 will be held at the same place during Feb. 9-12, 2011.
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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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Nagahama Sengoku Taiga Furusato-haku, or Nagahama Warring States Hometown Expo, is a feudal history expo being held from March 24 to Dec. 2, 2012. JR Kinomoto Station on the Hokuriku Line is abuzz during the expo.
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Mitsunari-kun is the official mascot of the Nagahama Sengoku Taiga Furusato-haku expo. The expo highlights three areas of interest in Nagahama: Odani Castle and Azai, Kinomoto and Mt. Shizugatake, and central Nagahama and Chikubushima island.
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Since the main expo pavilion is in Kinomoto, I started in Kinomoto. The expo focuses on the Battle of Shizugatake and Anegawa River.
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The main pavilion in Kinomoto is a short walk from Kinomoto Station. Jizo-zaka sloping road going to the Hokkoku Kaido road.
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The way to the Kinomoto pavilion is marked with these signboards pointing the way by one of the seven "spearing" samurai famous for fighting in the Battle of Shizugatake.
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Expo banners also line the way to the Kinomoto pavilion.
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When you reach Hokkoku Kaido road where you see the Jizo-in temple, turn right.
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Banners with the names of the seven spearing samurai.
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Kinomoto expo pavilion. 戦国大河きのもと館
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When I got to the Kinomoto Pavilion, this samurai drama group was there posing for photos with tourists.
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Inside the Kinomoto Pavilion.
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A guide explains about the Battle of Shizugatake inside the Kinomoto Pavilion.
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The Kinomoto Pavilion centers on the Battle of Shizugatake in May 1583 between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Shibata Katsuie who lost.
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Model of the Battle of Shizugatake site at Mt. Shizugatake and Lake Yogo. It explained how the forces of both sides gathered in this area and fought/retreated.
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Old Kinomoto Station has been totally renovated.
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Inside the old Kinomoto Station. They made it photo op place with a steam locomotive photo in the background.
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You could even dress up as a train conductor.
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