Yokohama 150th Anniversary
This year marked the 150th anniversary of the 1859 opening of the Port of Yokohama.
To commemorate this anniversary, Expo Y150, a grand exposition focusing on the history and attractions of the city, was held between April 28 to September 27, 2009.
Against Yokohama’s distinctive backdrop of the sea and the port, the Bayside Area was the focal point for the Y150 celebrations and was separated into several different zones.
Y150 Hajimarinomori (Forest of Beginnings)
The main attraction of the Y150 celebration was the French ENEOS La Machine, a massive spider approximately 12 meters tall. Watch out, it even spewed water!
The Yokohama Monogatari exhibit featured the history of Yokohama.
Y150 Tomorrow Park (Shinko District Block 7)
The Tomorrow Park Stage featured several different live performances, singing and dancing.
Highlighting global environmental issues, the giant earth balloon, about 20 meters in diameter, floated in the night sky above Yokohama, reflecting a dynamic display of light, sound and visuals.
Nissan Y150 Dream Front
Aiming to expand caring environmental activities on a worldwide scale, Nissan Motor Company sponsored a large interactive pavilion focusing on the theme of children and the environment.
PIVO 2 is an electric car born of concern for the earth built by Nissan.
Visitors were allowed to write caring messages in small paper leaves which were placed inside one of the earth balloons in Kotoba Park.
Red Brick Site
The Red Brick site offered lots of shopping and restaurants.
The official Tanemaru (Y150 mascot) store was also located here.