Expo 2005 World Exposition - Aichi 2005

Wisdom and nature

March 25, 2005 - September 25, 2005


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Nagakute Aichi Pavilion

Aichi Prefecture, a host of EXPO 2005, sees this exhibition as a driving force for the future that will lead to the development of new communities, and proposes an "eco-communal" based society aimed at finding solutions, from a regional perspective, to the environmental issues facing the world. The Aichi Prefecture is planning two pavilions with environmental messages in the Nagakute and Seto Areas: the Nagakute Aichi Pavilion and the Seto Aichi Pavilion.

The Nagakute Aichi Pavilion was designed in a Japanese style based on the motif of flower chariots that symbolise the traditional culture of Aichi Prefecture. The theme of the pavilion is "Revolution of Environmental Industries". "Environmental Industry Revolution" is a phrase coined by Kazuma Yamane, the General Producer of the Aichi Pavilions, to describe an environmentally-oriented industrial revolution. This pavilion will combine the proud heritage of Aichi's craftsmen with the latest technology to provide a new industrial mechanism with environmental protection as its pillar.

The welcome monument that will greet visitors from the pavilion roof is the "Directional Dancing Tower with Automaton Shows "Karakuri"". It consists of three 18-metre-high steel towers with a giant central stage lit by Japanese lanterns. There, a mechanical doll (representing a Chinese child) pulling a "Shinansha" (a cart pointing south) will perform dynamic acrobatics. This monument combines state-of-the-art industrial technologies with traditional mechanism techniques, the basis of Aichi's rich craft tradition.

About 20 live performances called "Save our Planet! "will take place daily on the pavilion stage, totalling 3,000 performances during EXPO 2005. The 20-minute show features Dr. Mamoru Econo, a scientist who sounds the alarm about climate change. Iceman, the other main character, is a frozen mummy who has woken up to the greenhouse effect after 5,300 years of sleep, and is amazed at the dramatic changes he sees in the environment. Both bring a message about the greenhouse effect to the public.

Then, at the exhibition "Japan's Eco-Technology and the Great Wall Painting of Aichi Industries", the history and near future of Aichi's crafts, going back to the Edo period (1603-1867), will be presented through paintings on a giant golden scroll 7 metres high and 25 metres long. Visitors will also be able to glimpse, through viewing holes under the scroll, clean energy systems that will preserve the Earth's future environment.

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