Photowalk: Osaka Expo Commemorative Park
In the 1970s, Osaka hosted the world’s fair. A grand park was built outside the city, to which hundreds of thousands of Japanese flocked. For many it was their first encounter with foreign cultures beyond the television set.
The Expo ended. Countries packed up their pavilions and made their way home. The tourists stopped coming. Attention drifted away from Osaka.
Yet it left a stunning legacy. Tower of the Sun is half statue, half sculpture, standing seventy metres high over the Expo Commemoration Park. The park has been transformed into a collection of stunning gardens and open spaces. The National Ethnographic Museum entertains and informs visitors about the world’s cultures, continuing the work started by the 1970 Expo.
Families still visit. They enjoy the open spaces, walk through ornate gardens and pause for a coffee or meal. Occasionally there are festivals and concerts.
And if you look hard enough, you’ll find Tower of the Sun keeping a watchful eye.