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Sanyo - Expo Osaka 1970

Sanyo at the Exhibition Expo Osaka 1970
© Expo'70
Architect(s) : Takenaka-Komuten

Leaves fall; snow covers the ground. After all this, we have to wait for the green spring...

A chance to deliver a whole year in a few minutes, that was what was happening in the "House of Health", the Sanyo pavilion. The pavilion was easy to find, on top of a pylon giant coloured carp were flying in the air, the kind of carp that many Japanese homes display on the annual children's day.

The "instant year" was an attraction at the Sun Square where a miniature sun shone 18 metres above the ground. During "spring", the square was covered with greenery, birds were singing and the sun was shining. Gradually, summer arrived with rain, thunder and beautiful rainbows. Three leaves fell in "Autumn" and in "Winter" snowdrifts formed on the square.

Sanyo Electric Group, the sponsor, was trying to show us how man can live in harmony with electronics and how man's technology can provide a better life.

The applications of the future were presented. A living "capsule" with perfect living conditions was presented, light, atmosphere and other aspects were automatically controlled. There were also capsules designated for specific use by different family members. A "Universal" television was also presented, offering entertainment, services such as telephone and even a calculator.

Next to the pavilion was the "Peace Pond", water from all over the world. An expedition to the Antarctic in cooperation with the Postal Friendship Society, a correspondence group with members in 84 countries. Around the pavilion was a stream, fed by a cataract in the northern part of the exhibition site. Japanese events such as the floating lantern festival and the rinsing of painted cloth (a scene from Kyoto's Kama River) were recreated here.