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Plans for Events,
Pavilions Come
into View
Duration: March 25 through September 25, 2005 (185days)


The Nagakute Area Aichi Prefectural Pavilion will focus on the creation of new environmentally friendly industries.

Mammoth from Siberia to greet visitors?
A wealth of attractions
A great forum for interaction

Less than 500 days remain (as of November 2003) in the countdown to the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, which will run from March 25 through September 25, 2005. Preparations are moving ahead on various fronts, and recently a number of specific details have come into view, including plans for events and pavilions.

This time we will introduce some topics essential to understanding EXPO 2005 AICHI. (In June 2003 some of the area names were changed. Here we will use the new names, specifically, Nagakute Area [formerly Youth Park Area] and Seto Area [formerly Kaisho Area].)

Mammoth from Siberia to greet visitors?

Visitors to EXPO 2005 AICHI may be able to encounter a mammoth, representing a species that became extinct some 7,000 or 8,000 years ago. Work is now underway on a project to make this possible.

The project involves unearthing a mammoth from the Siberian permafrost and putting it on display in the Global House (Nagakute Area) as the symbol of the exposition. The mammoth has been preserved underground in a frozen state, and it is in almost the same condition as when it was alive, making it of extremely high scientific value. Over the years teams from various countries have unearthed mammoths in Siberia, but so far no adult of the species has been recovered whole. So if this project succeeds, it will be a global first.

Following an initial survey in August 2003 and a second survey the following month, full-fledged excavation is scheduled to be carried out from May through September 2004. The project also involves consideration of how to preserve the mammoth as part of the human heritage for future generations after displaying it at EXPO 2005 AICHI.

If it is actually possible to see this mammoth from thousands of years ago at the exposition, visitors will surely feel not just excitement but also a deeper understanding of the main theme of the exposition, Nature’s Wisdom.

A wealth of attractions

Many other major attractions will await visitors to EXPO 2005 AICHI. The Global House, where the mammoth is to be displayed, will also feature a huge seamless screen, the biggest in the world, and a brand-new super-high-definition video system to show gripping images ranging from the universe at its birth to the Earth of today.

The Koi (Carp) Pond in the Nagakute Area will be the site of a night program planned by producer Robert Wilson. This will offer an occasion for learning from Nature’s Wisdom, experiencing ideas for a new twenty-first-century civilization, and enjoying dreams of a wonderful future.

Expo Plaza, also in the Nagakute Area, will feature a system using cutting-edge video networking technology to allow countries, international institutions, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, and citizens from around the world to share their ideas about “What We Want to Share across Borders and Generations.” At the NGO Global Village in the same area, NGOs and nonprofit groups will offer visitors a place to enjoy learning about the current state of the Earth.

Meanwhile, the Japanese national government and local governments have revealed the overall plans for their pavilions. The Government Pavilion in the Nagakute Area will present measures to resolve various issues in the twenty-first century. The Nagakute Area Aichi Prefectural Pavilion will focus on the creation of environmentally friendly new industries tapping Aichi Prefecture’s rich manufacturing tradition. The Seto Area Aichi Prefectural Pavilion will have as its theme “Heart and Breath of the Forest: Place for Discovery in Nature,” inviting visitors to experience the connections between people and the natural world around them. Other local government pavilions will include one for the City of Nagoya and one for the nine prefectures of the Chubu region (Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Mie, Nagano, Shiga, Shizuoka, and Toyama).

A great forum for interaction

How about the outlook for participation in the exposition from outside of Japan? As of September 9, 2003, the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition had received official notification of plans to participate from a remarkable 125 countries and international organizations. This represents a new high for an exposition held in Japan, topping the previous record set by the International Garden and Greenery Exposition held in Osaka in 1990.

Advance ticket sales began on September 25, 2003. For the first time at an international exposition, the admission tickets have been designed to include a tiny 0.4-millimeter-square smart chip, which will be used to provide a variety of services for visitors.

Now that the plans for EXPO 2005 AICHI have come into clearer view, we feel all the more impatient as we await March 25, 2005, when the countdown will end and the six-month exposition will begin.

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