JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Before 8 am: Women do a warm-up lap.It wasn't exactly warm, but they had wet suits. Odaiba's water is not exactly crystal-clear clean either.
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To Tokyo Big Sight
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Women at the starting line for triathlon
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Entrance to Tokyo Big Sight
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Photo Imaging Expo 2006 sign
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Starting line
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8:10 am: And they're off, taking about 30 min. to swim 1.5 km.
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Hallway
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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To PIE 2006 held in late March.
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PIE 2006 ticket booth
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Ticket booth
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Entrance hall
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Main hall on 1st floor
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Nikon booth
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Model at Nikon booth
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Pentax booth
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Turn-around point for another lap.
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Pentax model
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Out of the water and racing to the bicycles.
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Epson booth
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Adobe
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Taking off the wet suit and getting on the bicycle.
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Canon boothThe Canon booth was very comprehensive and complete. They had a booth or counter for every imaging-related product, from movie cameras to D-SLRs to poster-size printers. They had everything. Of course the new EOS 30D was the main attraction as well as the 5D. Compared to the 20D, the 30D has a larger LCD monitor, a higher maximum burst during continuous shooting, and spot metering. The 8 megapixels and sensor size are the same. Canon says that this is the optimum pixel count for the supporting technologies in the camera. And that the image quality does not depend solely on the megapixel count.
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Canon modelThis Canon ministage was surrounded by EOS 30D cameras which we could use to shoot these female models on the ministage. They let us print out a picture (A4 size) and take it home.

Compared to the 20D, the 30D has a larger LCD monitor, a higher maximum burst during continuous shooting, and spot metering. The 8 megapixels and sensor size are the same. Canon says that this is the optimum pixel count for the supporting technologies in the camera. And that the image quality does not depend solely on the megapixel count.
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Canon models (EOS 30D demo)This Canon ministage was surrounded by EOS 30D cameras which we could use to shoot these female models on the ministage. They let us print out a picture (A4 size) and take it home.
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Canon model (wireless photo studio demo)Canon also had a photo studio to demonstrate a digital photo shoot with the top-of-the-line EOS D-SLR attached with a remote transmitter which transmitted the images to a computer via wireless. We saw the images appear on the TV monitor as it was transmitted to the computer. You can shoot very quickly, but the images don't transfer or appear as fast. I guess they were RAW. Here the model is showing off one of the photos which was taken and printed on the spot.
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Bicycle the pavement for 40 km, taking about an hour.
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Canon lecture
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Cycling for triathlon
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Matsushita's Lumix booth
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Spare wheels
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Lumix
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Casio booth's movie mode demo
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Photo contest exhibition
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Photo studio equipment (4th floor)
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Photo exhibition (4th floor)
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Photo seminar
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Photo talk
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Baskets for running shoes
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Show for kidsVery few kids. Like why would you want to take your children to a camera show? The Tokyo Anime Fair held next door during the same time attracted the kids.
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Changing from bicycling to running.
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PIE 2005, ticket booth
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Changing into running shoes.
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PIE 2005, Sanyo booth
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Konica-Minolta booth in 2005This was the last time Konica-Minolta had a booth at the camera show.
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Statue of Liberty replica
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Bye-bye Konica-Minolta
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Farewell Konica-Minolta
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Running a few laps.
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Bye-bye Agfa2005 was also the last time for Agfa to have a booth.
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Running in triathlon
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Canon Kiss Digital N (PIE 2005)
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Model for Canon Kiss Digital N
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Akiko Sekine who later won the women's triathlon.After cycling, they ran for 10 km. About 30 min. later, this woman, Akiko Sekine won the triathlon. She was one of athletes who went to the Athens Olympics (placing 12th).
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Model for Canon Kiss Digital N
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Nikon model in PIE 2005
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Olympus at PIE 2005
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Finish line
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Kodak and Mitsubishi Paper Mill
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PIE 2005 photo contest winners
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Men's triathlon starting line
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Big Sight saw
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Leaving Tokyo Big Sight
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Hirokatsu Tayama, he wasn't the first to finish swimming, but he won the triathlon.
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Same route as the women.
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Running shoes
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Finish line
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Hirokatsu Tayama, winner
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Nicknamed Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is a science and technology museum in the Odaiba area in Koto, Tokyo. US President Barack Obama visited here on April 24, 2014.
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The museum director is Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri, so there are a good number of space-related exhibits.
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A long line of people wait to enter the museum in Sept. 2013 on the last day of the Thunderbirds exhibition. This is before the museum's opening time.
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Inside Miraikan at ticket vending machines.
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Parker and Lady Penelope. The puppets are about as tall as the length between your fingertips and elbow.
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Lady Penelope
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Lady Penelope undressed (!), but headless.
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Thunderbird 1
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The background paper moved to create the illusion of flight.
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Thunderbird 2
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Mole
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Thunderbird 3
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Thunderbird 4
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Thunderbird 5
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Lady Penelope's pink Rolls Royce
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Plastic model of Thunderbird 1
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Plastic model of Thunderbird 2
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Plastic model of Mole
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Plastic model of Thunderbird 4
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Thunderbird 2 show
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Model of the island base and home.
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Planetarium
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Shinkai deep sea explorer
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Rocket engine
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Skeleton
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Mockup of a module of the ISS (International Space Station)
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Inside the ISS module
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Living quarters inside ISS module
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Toilet inside ISS module
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ISS module mockup
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The ISS module mockup was autographed by many astronauts like Buzz Aldrin. Apparently they all visited Miraikan.
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Koichi Wakata
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Noguchi
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Takao Doi
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The nearby staircase was also had these panels showing everyone who went into space over the years. Including the first space dog in 1957.
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1969 was when man first landed on the moon.
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1985 was when Ellison Onizuka from Hawaii first went into space.
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Too bad there will never be an autograph by Ellison Onizuka.
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Cherry blossoms went into space.
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Japan's first female astronaut, Chiaki Doi.
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Koichi Wakata
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Naoko Yamazaki
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Large lobby with a globe.
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