Saturday, September 24, 2005

Global Common 5 (Africa)

Tomorrow, September 25th, 2005 is the last day of the Aichi World Exposition after running for a total of 185 days since March 25th. The Global Common 5 (Africa) zone is the most compact of all the common zones and it includes exhibits (cultures and traditions) from some 30 participating countries of Africa (including South Africa and Egypt).
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Long queue outside the Egypt Pavilion. A good half an hour wait. We could have sneaked in from the back exit.
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There are countless mysteries in the ancient civilization of Egypt (the mysteries of the Sphinx, the pyramid enigmas, the mummy's curses and many more).
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This pavilion showcases exhibits from the ages of the ancient pharaohs and their glories to modern Egypt.
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Interesting but not as impressive as those I saw in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities of the Louvre Museum.
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The pavilion store sells antiques, handicrafts and traditional dresses selected from the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar in Cairo. I bought two Egyptian-themed bookmarks from the souvenir shop and wanted to get some of the paintings (top picture) but too pricey.
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The South Africa Pavilion showcases snapshots before the dinasour through human settlement, conquest, liberation and ultimate celebration of freedom (we missed this pavilion, sigh).
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There wasn't much time left. We have to catch the 8.00 pm train back to Kyoto. We lingered around the African bazaar, with various merchandise from different participating countries. It was all business for the african communities !
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Wood crafts from the Ghana zone (not sure which tribe this belongs to). The Ghanians come from six main ethnic groups - the Akan (Ashanti and Fanti), the Ewe, the Ga-Adangbe, the Mole-Dagbani, the Guan, and the Gurma.
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Two Sudanese ladies busy marketing and selling their hand-made accessories.
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Sudanese wedding highlights rich traditional culture with songs, sword play and dance. Well, we didn't see any in the expo. The above are just puppets - pretty isn't it ?
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Two nice African ladies that allowed me to take their pictures (nice hat !). The Africa Pavilion has one of the liveliest, most energetic performance (dance and drum) in the expo. We were clapping, dancing and cheering for more.
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Delicious (but small portion) african cuisine (forgot the name of the dish). Next post will be about the last zone - Global Common 6 (Oceania & Southeast Asia). Malaysia and Cambodia pavilions will be my main highlight.

5 comments:

emotionalistic said...

It is good that you had a chance to taste the African cuisine. So does it taste like Indian cuisine?

Acrix said...

The sauce of the last dish made of tomato puree? Or izzit some spicy foods?

Anonymous said...

I want to see how the Msia Pavillion looks like.
AL

SkyJuice7 said...

Lovely photos. I would love to visit the pyramids in Egypt one day, but can't say I look forward to the heat & dust.

Patrick Leong said...

emotionalistic, acrix : no. it doesn't taste indian. it was some sort of chicken stew cooked in delicately spiced tomato puree. tasty.

ailing : ok. coming soon. will post them tomorrow. good and safe trip to fiji.

skyjuice7 : thank you for your comment. i hope to see the great pyramid and sphinx too one day. i am a great fan of the movie : the mummy and the mummy returns (brendan fraser and rachel weisz)