I went out today to help out with some friends at an exhibition at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center in Odaiba.
It was great to see so much activity in the area, with all halls full of exhibitors and participants. There were also lots of signs up in support of the Tokyo 2016 Games Bid.
For more on trains: Train to Odaiba
My friends booth was at the 4th International Variety-Gift Expo
There were lots of exhibitors, some trying to introduce their foreign products into Japan, others trying to introduce Japanese products to foreign companies.
Here is my friends stand. They have the license to sell a ceramic safe cooking pan in Japan. The pan is not made of teflon, but instead is ceramic. The demonstration showing how well the pan handled burned milk or burned cheese was very impressive.
It is interesting to note that the pans are designed for their practicality and great ability to cook well and safely, rather than the other Japanese pans I saw which had brand logos, character goods and multi colored designs on them, but didn’t have any particular distinguishable practical usage.
I also checked out some of the other exhibitors that looked interesting and in particular came across this stand showing their latest products for Solar Bear (そらべあ).
The design for these Solar Bear goods are by Shinzi Katoh Design and are distributed in Japan through Edogawa Busan Co.
Time to go home and a quick look outside for transportation options again
If Tokyo is successful in its Bid for the Olympic and Parlympic Games in 2016, the Tokyo Big Sight will feature the Wrestling, Fencing and Taekwondo events. In fact there will be quite a few of the Games events held within a short distance of Tokyo Big Sight, as Odaiba will come to life with the spirit of the Games.
More info on proposed venues for Tokyo 2016 Games. http://www.tokyo2016.or.jp/en/plan/venue/