Archive for November, 2011

1970 – Expo’70 Osaka Demonstration Robot – Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

expo70robl x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

Expo70 xp3 x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

The Osaka Demonstration Robot by Arata Isozaki consists of a head, body, base and two arms of different lengths. The head contains two control rooms. In the first ambiant data is collected and processed, and then transmitted to the main control room from which the robot receives instructions to respond by emitting smoke, smell, light, and sounds. The body of the robot can rise up to a height of twenty-four feet. When the body is up, the base becomes a stage and it is then possible for the body of the robot to go through a repertoire of movements. [Reichardt: Robots: Fact, Fiction, Prediction]

The entertainment robot was housed under Kenzo Tange's Festival Plaza space frame.

Arata Isozaki Jencks x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

expo70 35 x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

expo70 Arata Isozaki robot x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

japanese isozaki rm x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

Megastructures p1 x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)


EXPO70 isozaki robot model x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

wip 1970 Osaka 045 800 x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

Above – Modern models and 3D drawings.

Expo70 ArchigramCook Arata Isozaki x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

Expo70 ArchigramCookp1 x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

Aerial view of model for public entertainment area, Theme Pavillion, Expo 70, Osaka.


osaka 70 large robot x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)

Osaka Isozaki 1577 x640 1970   Expo70 Osaka Demonstration Robot   Arata Isozaki (Japanese)


1970 – 7ft-tall “Blue” Robot – Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)

expo70 aizawa tall(1) 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)

The 7ft tall, blue robot appeared in the Fujipan pavillion at Expo'70, Osaka, Japan.  The robot display for the Fujipan pavillion was designed by Jiro's partner Osamu Tezuka (the creator of Astro Boy) so most likely the robot was, at least, from their Institute of Juvenile Culture. The robot itself is probably an Aizawa robot.  


aizawa Expo70 Robot p1 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)

70 fuji pan robot 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)

expo70 aizawa blue 2 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)

expo70 aizawa blue 1 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)

aizawa expo 025l 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)

japanese aizawa tall blue x640 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)


Expo70 models aizawa x640 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese)

A display of robot models showing which robots were included by Tezuka in the Fujipan pavillion.


See the full Jiro Aizawa story here Jiro Aizawa with robots x80 1970   7ft tall Blue Robot   Jiro Aizawa/Osamu Tezuka (Japanese).


19xx – Unknown Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Aizawa ticket robot 19xx   Unknown Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

I don't know what this robot does.

There's a large slot in the front and speakers – maybe it is a record player?

Aizawa 50610 19xx   Unknown Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)


aizawa kanagawa x640 19xx   Unknown Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Robot after restoration at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan in 2008. Image by "Robot".


Jiro Aizawa robot museum p1 19xx   Unknown Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

The Robot with his brothers in the Nagoya Robot Museum.

The Robot Museum closed 31 September, 2007.


See the full Jiro Aizawa story here Jiro Aizawa with robots x80 19xx   Unknown Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese).


19xx – Blue Stamping Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Aizawa Mr stamp blue dai II(1) 19xx – Blue Stamping Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Restoration at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan in 2008.

aizawa blue stamping robot 19xx – Blue Stamping Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)


Jiro Aizawa robot museum p1 19xx – Blue Stamping Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Blue stamping robot with his brothers in the Nagoya Robot Museum.

The Robot Museum closed 31 September, 2007.

aizawa robot mag cover 19xx – Blue Stamping Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)


aizawa kanagawa x640 19xx – Blue Stamping Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Both Stamping robots after restoration at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan in 2008. Image by "Robot".


See the full Jiro Aizawa story here Jiro Aizawa with robots x80 19xx – Blue Stamping Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese).


1960 – Mr. Saburo the Robot – Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Mr. Saburo after restoration at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan.

saburo Kun Aizawa robot rest 1 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

saburo Kun Aizawa robot rest 2 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

saburo Kun Aizawa robot rest 3 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Aizawa 50637 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Aizawa 70188 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Aizawa 70191 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)


saburo 2010jul10 aizawa 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Saburo catalogue aizawa x640 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)


aizawa 3 robots x640 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

The caption from a 2010 Japanese catalogue reads (after translation): Three mid-size robot brothers Fujio [富士夫], Saburo [三郎], Kuro [九郎].  These robots look very similar.  The middle robot is the same as the one in the top photo, although the above image calls it Saburo.  I'll continue to call this robot Fugio. Hopefully some further evidence will show up soon to prove it one way or another.


Saburo Dr Zirou Aizawa(1) 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Jiro Aizawa robot museum p1 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Mr. Saburo in the background with his brothers in the Nagoya Robot Museum.

The Robot Museum closed 31 September, 2007.

aizawa robot x2 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Mr. Saburo on the far left.

Aizawa robots colour x640 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese)

Mr. Saburo in the background.


See the full Jiro Aizawa story here Jiro Aizawa with robots x80 1960   Mr. Saburo the Robot   Jiro Aizawa (Japanese).