Last week, I posted a video of La Machine. Well, here are the pictures and the report!
First, my friends and I visited the Egypt exhibition, which is called “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures” in English. It’s in Pacifico Yokohama. The exhibition was quite good, though it was very crowded. It constisted of artifacts from the sunken cities of Canopus, Heracleion, and Alexandria. Sorry, I couldn’t take any pictures inside, but here’s the entrance:
At the entrance of the Egypt exhibition
After this, we went and had lunch in World Porters. Then it was off to the 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Port of Yokohama, or Y150. It was a hot, sunny day, but it was windy. Throughout the expo, there was mist being sprayed to cool everyone. Too bad the wind blew the mist up. First was La Machine. You’ve already seen the video, but here are the photos. You’ll get a much clearer picture of the big spider with these photos.
The pilots are coming out
The pilots are in their seats
It's terrorising those poor people
It's coming this way!
It's all curled up now. Is it sleeping?
No, it's still awake!
Now it's spraying venom! Oh, it's just water
It's getting even closer now!
Uh, I think it farted.
It's posing for pictures now
After this, we said goodbye to La Machine, and went through the history of Yokohama Port area. It was more for kids, I think, though interesting. Then it was ENEOS Energy Future Pavilion, which even included oil sands from Alberta’s oil sands! Then it was the Kurofune Trick Art (I’ll have an example of this posted in a future post following my exploration of Yamate). After that, it was the Futuristic Theatre with an animated movie called “Baton.” It was done with motion capture, which was interesting. And then we went to the Nissan Y150 Dream Front and Super Hi-Vision Theatre. First was a technological display from JAXA and JAMSTEC, and included a full scale mock-up (or was it the real thing?) of a vertical takeoff and landing rocket. Here it is:
Full scale mock-up of a vertical takeoff and landing rocket
After that, it was into the Super Hi-Vision Theatre. The screen was a 540 inch ultra hi-definition screen (more than 7000×4000 resolution, which I forgot) and a 22.2 channel sound system. Wow. Very high quality picture and sound! After that, it was on to see the Nissan Pivo2, which is a concept car that has a spherical passenger pod that can rotate 360 degrees, and even the wheels can rotate to the side so you can parallel park very easily. Here it is:
The cute Nissan Pivo2
Nissan Pivo2 from the front
And then finally, it was into the next room, where you could write a positive message for Earth or the environment, or I guess anything you want. And then you put the message into one of several giant plastic balls.
You can put your positive environmental message on paper and into these big balls
My message is in this one.
And that’s it for Y150! Here are a couple parting shots at night:
Here's Minato Mirai and the big ferris wheel at night
The Red Brick Warehouse (or Aka-renga) at night, now a shopping centre.