On Sunday I visited the Tokyo Good Design Expo 2012 at Odaiba’s Big Site exhibition center. The expo is devoted to showcasing the best of Japanese industrial design, but there’s also room for a few foreign exhibits. While there for work I managed to snap a few pictures of some of the bigger items, including this wonderful miniature fire truck, a Shoshin Speed Sprayer, 3S-FSC600TL. This fire truck really must be the smallest in the world! While only being 119.5cm tall, it has place for one driver and a whooping 600L of high pressure water to quench fires places that would otherwise be difficult to access.
Continuing with the rescue theme I also saw a fantastic looking water ski, complete with a patient carrying sled, allowing a team of paramedics to perform first aid and resuscitation while at the scene of an accident at sea. I hope all marinas and bigger beaches get these soon! Toyota also had a clever way of displaying their car in two colors, by the use of mirrors and open spaces. I liked it enough to post it here! There were also quite a few architecture exhibitions, the one that I liked the most was for a plan of multi residence timber frame buildings that are quick and easy to set up by even low skilled workers after disasters and in disaster struck areas where many people have been made homeless. Great ideas! Let’s see if I can make it back again for next year’s expo!
Ever since I was a kid I have wanted to be a paramedic, but I fear I lack the physical strength necessary (in my home country I’m considered small and skinny whereas in Japan I’m considered tall and fit… go figure). Still, I couldn’t resist shooting this ambulance outside Tokyo Ueno Station. I love the side marking saying “We Love Tokyo”. It is very rare indeed to see any sign of healthy local patriotism here in Tokyo (no strong local teams, no rallying public figure, no internationally renown landmarks) so I appreciate the little sticker a lot. I do feel sorry for the paramedic uniforms here though, which in essence is the same as a kindergarten uniform with a hard hat instead of the yellow cap. A rare lapse in Japanese uniform sartorial judgment! This ambulance didn’t rush off so don’t worry – no major emergency this time.