INTRODUCTION: This year marked the seventh anniversary of the contest.
GV Spectators in park
SV Row of competitors (2 shots)
GV Band performing
GV Various performers (3 shots)
GV Spectators laughing (2 shots)
GV Children riding unusual tricycle
GV Unusual vehicles (4 shots)
SV Vehicles and drivers (3 shots)
SV Spectators laughing at men on machine (3 shots)
SV Spectators and vehicles on ramp (3 shots)
SV Unusual water vehicles (3 shots)
GV Pool with performers and spectators
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Background: INTRODUCTION: This year marked the seventh anniversary of the contest. A band played as employees of the company staging the event and members of the public gathered to enjoy the spectacle.
Not surprisingly, many of the idea were for mechanised vehicles. A revolving ride and pogo-stick swing were among the entries. The crowds watched with amusement as the contestants demonstrated their ideas. Other entries involved games in which the rules had been reversed.
Children especially enjoyed the competition. One of the entries, a tricycle, was ridden by two of them. Another was a tractor with foot-shaped wheels. Most of the contestants 'drove' the strange looking vehicles themselves. Each team spent an average of 400,000 Yen (1,700 US dollars) on its idea, but contributed far more in time and hard work to bring it to fruition.
Many of the contributions looked remarkable. Most looked comical. Very few were practical, but the inventors, especially of the mechanised vehicles, seemed to enjoy themselves. Many had improvised with go-karts and one of the entrants had a vehicle with a huge steering wheel. The crowds watched as the contestants drove over a ramp. One new feature of this year's contest was that locations throughout Japan played host to the competition.
Some of the entries submitted were thought to have practical potential. This seemed dubious, as contestants took to the water to show their inventions. The aquatic machines provided even more amusement.