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This will be another large-scale international event following the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. It is also the second time since 1970 that Osaka has hosted the World Expo in more than half a century.
Japan hosted the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and the Osaka World Expo in 1970 six years later. The successive Olympics and World Expos held this time are exactly the same as Japan at that time. After that, Japan's economy has experienced rapid growth, and it can be said that these two events are indispensable.
From March 15 to September 13, 1970, the Universal Exposition was held in Suita, Osaka, Japan, also known as the Osaka World Expo or EXPO 70. The theme of the World Expo that year was "Progress and Harmony of Mankind". The strategy of revitalizing the Kansai region has brought great opportunities for the urban development of Osaka. This Osaka World Expo is known as one of the most successful World Expos, and the number of attendees set a new record. According to figures released by the Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, a total of 64,218,770 people were received during the 184-day Osaka Expo, including 1.7 million foreign tourists. At that time, the population of Japan was 144.66 million, which means that two out of every three Japanese have visited it.
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In fact, the Osaka World Expo in 1970 was also a very historic World Expo. In the context of the Cold War, the World Expo was held in Asia for the first time, with 78 countries supporting and participating. At that time, human beings had achieved the moon landing, which was a big step towards informatization. The World Expo also comprehensively shifted from product display to cultural display and concept display. In an open field with undulating hills, not only are the venues of various countries uniquely designed, but there are also iconic buildings full of creativity. The most representative of these is the "Tower of the Sun" designed by artist Taro Okamoto for the World Expo. The total cost is 12.77 billion yen. Its unique shape is unforgettable. The tower has three faces, namely the "golden face" on the top of the tower, the "face of the sun" in the center of the tower, and the "dark star" on the back, meaning the past, present and future respectively. In fact, there was a fourth face underground, but it was demolished after the Expo. The complex structure inside the tower adds a sense of mystery. At the same time, two "space-time capsules" were buried in Osaka Castle Park, which contained more than 2,000 items collected at that time. One is scheduled to be opened in 6970 after 5000 years, and the other is planned to be opened every 100 years after 2000 in order to confirm the state of the contents, and add some items from the time.
In terms of exhibits, in addition to flushing toilets, floor elevators, wireless phones, computers, video phones, holographic projections, local area networks, radio wave watches, canned coffee, family restaurants... and other latest inventions at the time, There is also an aerospace exhibit such as the "Moon Stone", a rock specimen collected on the moon by American astronauts in 1969. Let people all over the world witness the achievements of technology and space.
After the expo, museums in various countries were demolished. Other places became forests and parks. And the leftover venue-Expo'70 Commemorative Park, is now also a good attraction. There is not only a Japanese-style garden, but also a total of about 10,000 maple trees. When the Autumn Leaf Festival comes, the Chen Lin is full of enthusiasm. The "Tower of the Sun" has remained since the end of the Expo. It has become a landmark of Osaka's Expo'70 Commemorative Park and a pilgrimage site for many fans of the World Expo complex or "20th Century Boy" anime fans. Now the underground tree of life is also reopened, and you can visit it inside by appointment. The "space-time capsule" still exists in Osaka Castle Park, right at the foot of the castle tower. The space-time capsule left to humans five thousand years later can always amaze and move visitors here.
The 2025 Osaka World Expo will be held from April 13 - October 13, 2025 (184 days), and will be located on the artificial island "Yumeshima" in Osaka Bay. The theme of the Expo is " Designing Future Society for Our Lives." It will focus on health, life, and future society, and will fully utilize cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). The Japanese government is expected to boost economic benefits of about 2 trillion yen, and the expected number of visitors is about 28 million.
There are three artificial islands, Yumeshima, Maishima, and Sakishima in the port of Osaka. The artificial island "Mumeshima" in Osaka Bay as the venue was originally planned and developed as a new urban center in the 1980s, but later stagnated due to the burst of the economic bubble . The bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics was also unsuccessful. The land now has a vast open space, with undeveloped land reaching about 200 hectares. In addition, Osaka is also striving to build an integrated resort (IR) including a casino one year before the World Expo (2024). In June 2021, Sakishima on the other side will also plan to hold the Group of Twenty (G20) summit.
In cooperation with JapanTravel, we provide the most reliable transportation, hotel, sightseeing and adventure activities for the visitors of the Osaka Expo. As early as the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, we assisted nearly 250,000 tourists from all over the world to visit the Shanghai World Expo. Our service has been recognized by the audience and the world media. The Wall Street Journal used us as a reliable information center about the Shanghai World Expo and the related China travel.
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