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!
Just thought I should share some photos I took when I visited Odaiba last month, the first was shot through the side window of the Yurikamome monorail, I got the driver’s seat, again! I love it when that happens. The other two are night shots from the Tokyo Big Site exhibition center, one showing the view of central Odaiba and the ferris wheel you are bound to have seen if you have ever been there. I know, poor and basic tourist shots, but every now and then I get the urge to see Tokyo with fresh eyes! It’s not easy after all these years I have spent here!
Last week was the twice annual design/art festival, Design Festa! It’s located in Tokyo Big Sight which is a huge convention center in Tokyo’s Odaiba island. It gathers artists, musicians, product designers, painters and makers from all over Japan to showcase their work. Some people see it as a business opportunity whereas others are just there to network or show off. I try to go on both occasions every year but more often than not something comes up and I can’t go. This time however I canceled all my other appointments to go and had a great time as usual. I talked a lot to friends and acquaintances: it’s fun to see how people evolve and their work becomes better and better every year. It also tends to be a good mix of new faces and old hands so it stays fresh every time. This year was different in the way that there were far less accessory designers and far more foreigners, both western and Asian but above all a lot of Korean designers. The Koreans are fantastic because not only do few of them speak either Japanese or English but they are also usually extremely skilled at what they do. I’ll be posting some of the pearls of what I saw this time around. If you were there and saw a foreigner walking around with a huge grin and a Nikon D700 it was probably me. Next time it comes around is November 6 & 7.
But have look at the crazy building housing the festa itself. Isn’t it fantastic? I took the unusual route (for me) of going on the Yurikamome line from Toyosu station, which is the opposite of most festival goers. Spectacular views from the front seat of the monorail! Note the airplane taking off from Haneda domestic airport on the left in the photo.