Japan World's Fair
aka EXPO 70
as Bampaku Hakurankai in Japanese, this
was the first world exposition ever held in Asia.
It was staged in a suburb of Osaka from March 15
through September 13, 1970. The theme for the
fair was "Progress and Harmony for
The site of EXPO 70 covered
over 815 acres, and featured some 124 exhibits
and attractions -- from 76 countries, four
international organizations, one foreign
government (Hong Kong), three U.S. states, three
Canadian provinces, two U.S. cities, one German
city, two corporations, and 32 domestic
Among the most notable exhibits
were two extensive international collections of
arts and crafts -- a display of great art
treasures lent by world's great museums, and a
collection of almost 2,000 folkcrafts from 90
countries. In addition, the U.S. Pavillion
featured a large moon rock brought back by Apollo
11 astronauts the previous year, and the Fuji
Group Pavilion featured the first-ever IMAX film,
the Canadian-produced Tiger Child.
EXPO 70 drew a total of
64,218,770 million visitors, a world's fair
record. Since it was estimated that the fair
needed to draw at least 50 million visitors to
break even, it may well have been the first
world's fair to actually make a profit.
The Tower of the Sun was the
official symbol of EXPO 70. It soared 65 meters
over the central monument section of the fair.
The site of EXPO 70 is now a
cultural park combining cultural, sporting, and
leisure facilities, all surrounded by greenery.
The fair's profits have since been used to foster
Japanese cultural projects overseas, including
dramatic performances, construction of Japanese
gardens, purchase of Japanese language study
materials and equipment or books on Japan, etc..
They have also been used domestically for
cultural, science, and educational projects
dedicated to teaching and perpetuating
traditional Japanese culture.
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