Anyone else go to Expo '85?
Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:06 AM
Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:00 PM
I attended Expo`85, managed to have a four day visit. The corporate pavilions had many ride throughs. After taking my wife to New Orleans for her first Expo experience, it was great, the very next year, to show her a real world`s fair. I also got to Osaka on that trip, and visited the Expo`70 site. The Expo`70 Commeration Hall was a real treat. Besides the exhibits, and films, you could purchase a souvenir stamp book, and you could use many of the original pavilion stamps to stamp your book. It was a great sidetrip.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 11:27 PM
Here's another view of the fair:
Sweden Pavilion, Information Booth, Kurumakan Pavilion
I don't think I ever figured out what the ride in the Kurumakan Pavilion was all about, but it was still great fun!
Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:45 AM
This display was part of the Japan Pavilion in 1984.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:35 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:12 AM
Posted 21 February 2015 - 02:15 PM
Texas Instruments sent me to Tsukuba to train the people who were going to run a speech recognition demo in the US pavilion. I flew there from Dallas 30 years ago this week, a few weeks before the Expo opened.It was unexpectedly cold, even snowed a little -- I remember a cadre of older women patiently planting thousands of pansies, which died in the frost the next morning. It was so cold in the unheated US pavilion that some of the DEC Vax minicomputers would not work correctly -- which is the only time in my life I've ever been in an environment that's too cold for computers (typically, the problem is heat). Our PC's, perhaps not as sensitive, worked fine. They finally brought in some small space heaters and pointed them at the Vaxen, which appeared to make them happy. I had some free time, went in to Tokyo a few times and even took the bullet train to Kyoto for a day. I got to spend only two days at the Expo after it opened, then I flew home. My memories of the Expo are pleasant, but my memories of Japan are spectacular.
I stayed in Tsukuba at the Dai-Ichi hotel, which I gather means "number one." But right in the middle of my stay, I had to spend a few days elsewhere -- there were some kind of exams going on, and local students had rented all of the hotel rooms well in advance so they could get away and study. I spent a couple of nights at a hotel called the Sun Route, and a couple of nights at a hotel in Kashiwa, a short train-ride away.
It's hard for me to believe that it's been 30 years.
Posted 21 February 2015 - 04:51 PM
Thanks for the info on your involvement at Expo 85. I had a great time there - and I also can't believe it has been 30 years.
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