2005 photo essays
Week nine (May 22, 2005)
· Web sites about the Expo
This week I take the easy way out and will introduce you to some other websites about the Expo, all of with treat the subject matter from a different angle. You will find information websites, official websites, private diaries, weblogs, and photo sites in this listing - something for every taste. You may take a look at them, however, of course, you are not supposed to stop reading my site in favor of theirs - I am logging your IP, duration between clicks, everything, so beware.
· Weblogs & private web sites
Apart from this, the Aichi Expo brought forth a huge number of private weblogs reporting from the exposition, some from private visitors or volunteers. As is common with internet diaries, some were abandoned in mid-term, some updated only irregularly, so it is difficult to put a good overview together. One of the most consistent and longest-running weblog seems to be the Aichi Expo weblog by WAKA, a volunteer on-site. The Toppy.net Expo weblog is very comprehensive and features lots of TV show-like photographs and pavilion ratings. Another noteworthy account is the Aichi Expo report by likethat.
· Official & Photo web sites
The first site to visit is the EXPO 2005 official website. Here you will find general information about the Expo, the participating countries, the sites etc. Special events and national day festivities are also announced here. Note that the English and Japanese versions vary considerably in regards of content. The Aichi Prefecture 2005 World Exposition Bureau also has its own website with a good roundup of basic information about the Expo site, access information etc. The web site of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also quite good. And then you also have the official mascots Morizo & Kiccoro website (Japanese only though).
As always, Wikipedia has a quite good information page about the Expo. Even better, though, is the comprehensive Travel Guide to Expo 2005 by Wikitravel, which lists all kinds of useful advice for visiting the Expo. Another good overview is the Expo 2005 Aichi site by ExpoMuseum.
Even though I wasn't able to identify the contributing
members, there is a The
Aichi 2005 Expo Photo Pool on Flickr.com. A very comprehensive
photo collection not just about the Expo, but on Japan generally can be
found on Hartmut Pohling's web site Japan
Photo - Ausstellungen - Expo 2005. Expo photo sites of official
news services include Kyodo
News Photo Service and on Yahoo!
News Photos. I also found a few private photo collections by
Victor Lee and on Tamenobu.com
· Next week: May events roundup