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Pavilion erected at Expo 70


Replica of a Heian-period building graces the Panasonic's pavilion at Expo'70.

Communicating with people 5,000 years in the future

Expo 70 ran six months, from March to September, in Osaka. Panasonic's Matsushita Pavilion had the theme of "tradition and development." It featured a building with Heian-style architecture standing in a pond. In front of this structure was a time capsule exhibit, and behind it a room for the Japanese tea ceremony that literally gave visitors a taste of this ancient aesthetic tradition. Some 76 million people visited the pavilion during the six-month event.

A time capsule containing 2,098 objects selected as especially representative of the current culture as of 1970 was created as a record for people living 5,000 years in the future. Mainichi Newspaper cooperated in the project, helping to organize technology and selection committees that determined the contents of the capsule. The project brought the advice and cooperation of many of the best minds in Japan. After the exhibit, the capsule was sealed and buried in Osaka Castle Park.

Time capsule to be opened in 5,000 years.

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