was a world's fair held in Suita, Osaka, Japan, between March 15 and September 13, 1970. The theme of the Expo was "Progress and Harmony for Mankind." In Japanese, Expo '70 is often referred to as Osaka Banpaku. This was the first world's fair held in Japan.The master plan for the Expo was designed by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange helped by 12 other Japanese architects who designed elements within it. Bridging the site along a north/south axis was the Symbol Zone. Planned on three levels it was primarily a social space which had a unifying space frame roof.BackgroundOsaka was chosen as the site for the 1970 World Exposition by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in 1965. 330 hectares in the Senri Hills outside Osaka had been earmarked for the site and a Theme Committee under the chairmanship of Seiji Kaya was formed. Kenzo Tange and Uzo Nishiyama were appointed to produce the master plan for the Expo. The main theme would be Progress and Harmony for Mankind. Tange invited 12 other architects to elucidate designs for elements within the master plan. These architects included: Arata Isozaki for the Festival Plaza mechanical, electrical and electronic installations; and Kiyonori Kikutake for the Landmark Tower.Master planTwo main principles informed the idea of the master plan. The first was the idea that the wisdom of all the peoples of the world would come together in this place and stimulate ideas; the second was that it would be less of an exposition and more of a festival. The designers thought that unlike previous expositions they wished to produce a central, unifying, Festival Plaza where people could meet and socialise. They called this the Symbol Zone and covered it and the themed pavilions with a giant space frame roof. Use our Suita road trip planning tool to visit Expo'70 Pavilion on your trip to Suita, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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I love learning about Expos past and this little museum provided a great look back at the sights and sounds of Expo 70 in Osaka. Housed in the old Steel Pavilion in the beautiful Expo 70... more »
This was originally one of the pavilions at Expo '70 and you can see the original interior. The perimeter of the building features an excellent exhibit of Expo '70, from the planning to the Expo... more »
All you need to know about Expo 70, very nicely presented. Must see in Osaka
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