Nagoya + World Expo Aichi
Japan is a place I wouldn't think twice about revisiting anytime. My first trip there was when I was fifteen, thanks to Takashimaya. It was a prize I won in a national art competition, which took me on a free holiday to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. Since then, I've fell in love with Japan and had always wanted to return.
However, with so many other countries to explore and new experiences awaiting, it didn't make sense for me to revisit the same city too soon. And there would always be new cities that caught my eyes and arrested my heart along the way to fill my travel plans. Hence, it was only until fourteen years later that I made a trip back to the Land of the Rising Sun.
In 2005, the World Expo Aichi had triggered my return to this beautiful nation of beautiful people. Having been to the World Expo 2000 held in Hannover, Germany on two trips (for photography assignments), I was aware of the physical demands in visiting this extraordinary 5-yearly event. Typically, one would take three days to a week of extensive walking to cover the Expo ground and to visit most of the participating countries' pavilions.
With that in mind, we decided to be humble with our itinerary and realistic with our physical abilities, and had remained in Nagoya for the entire short trip. The 9-day trip was halved for visiting Morizo and Kiccoro on the sprawling 173 hectares of exhibition ground. The remaining time was spent on exploring the capital of Aichi, where several famous shrines and temples were worth a visit.
It was a short but memorable trip. And of course, most memorable to rekindle with my love for this beautiful country some fourteen years after.
Facts and Figures:
Date: May 2005
Accommodation: Toyoko Inn Nagoya (5 minutes walk to JR Nagoya Station) http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00094/index.html
Equipment: Fujifilm Finepix S3 Pro, Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6, Nikon AFS 18-200mm f3.5-5.6.