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Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020: Where Ideas Meet

The Japan pavilion is located in the Opportunity district. Guests are welcomed by traditional Japanese origami shapes that symbolize the respect shown to others through the Japanese art of origata gift wrapping.

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Smita Malwe
Smita Malwe
Communication enthusiast, public relations professional and an avid writer. Former Senior Account Manager at SPAG.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai: The Japanese Pavilion is situated in the Opportunity Pavilion of the Expo 2020. It is all set to welcome visitors with sustainable architecture and environmentally friendly system equipment which are used throughout the pavilion. The design of the pavilion façade is inspired by Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Natural cooling system that incorporates traditional Arabic and Japanese techniques. The expanse of water in front of the Pavilion cools the area and reflects the three-dimensional façade. Façade design combining traditional Arabesque and Asanoha patterns. Represents the long history of connections and cultural exchange between Japan and the Middle East. Guests are welcomed by traditional Japanese origami shapes that symbolize the respect shown to others through the Japanese art of origata gift wrapping. The façade is coated with a layer of soft material inspired by Japanese traditional paper.

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Zone 1: Encountering Japan

A diverse range of Japanese content centered around the theme “Where ideas meet” is presented as an exciting exhibition utilizing cutting-edge technologies. Visitors will gain a sense of how new interactions can lead to a better future through exchange of ideas–as has been the case historically in Japan. Visitors will also be encouraged to post their own ideas and thoughts, paving the way for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai to be held in Japan.

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Japan has long lived in awe of and harmony with its unsparing natural environment. This exhibition introduces the “story of encounters”—comprised of the country’s unspoiled landscape, the sensibilities cultivated by its populace, and the cultural heritage that has been woven through its history. Immersive videos and spatial expressions will invite visitors to step inside this fascinating story of Japan.

Zone 2: Culture and History

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Culture in Japan has evolved in a unique way, incorporating outside knowledge and skills while maintaining its own distinct national identity. This scene looks back over Japanese history in an otherworldly visual space filled with floating mist.

Zone 3: Innovation

Japanese innovation is not solely about high-end technology; instead, it has drawn inspiration from both nature and traditional culture. Explore modern Japan and its future through a series of cute, elaborate miniatures (mitate) using day-to-day objects.

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Zone 4: Issues

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Economic growth and globalization have brought new challenges, both in Japan and in the world as a whole. Visitors will walk through an infinity mirror room which juxtaposes their own images with those depicting social and environmental challenges facing the world today.

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Zone 5: Where Ideas Meet

New ideas are born when people with different identities and perspectives meet; let everyone come together to create a better future. Experience the first step in a 360-degree theater integrating cutting-edge data technology with real-time generated graphic art.

Since ancient times, encounters with external influences have played a key role in the development of Japanese culture and learning, as ideas from the outside have been embraced and reinterpreted to create something new and uniquely Japanese. Japan will be hosting the World Expo in 2025. The last section will introduce how ideas, actions, and challenges of people from around the world can come together. Your ideas and messages will shape the next Expo.

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  • Smita Malwe

    Communication enthusiast, public relations professional and an avid writer. Former Senior Account Manager at SPAG.

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