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Quick List Info
Dates Open - March 25 to September 25, 2005.
Attendance - 22,049,544 visitors.
International Participants - 121 nations and 4 international organizations.
Total Cost - Budget was 190 billion JPY ($1.76 billion) for the Expo Authority with a Participants Budget (Total) of 150 billion JPY ($1.382 billion). Total for both was 340 billion JPY ($3.13 billion).
Site Acreage - 427 acres (173 hectares).
Sanction and Type - BIE Sanctioned Special Category Expo of long duration.
Ticket Cost - Adult 4,600 JPY ($42.39), Junior 2,500 JPY (Ages 12 to 17), Child 1,500 JPY (Ages 4 to 11), Senior 3,700 JPY (Age 65 and over). Season ticket for full season cost 17,500 JPY ($161.25) for an adult.
Photo top center: Corporate pavilion zone and Court of Flags at Expo 2005, 2005. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons. Column Top: Expo 2005 Poster, 2005, Kenya Hara. Courtesy Pinterest. Column Below: Expo 2005 Map, 2005, Expo Authority. Courtesy Pinterest.
Twas another in the lengthening line of Japanese expos, this time planned around the theme "Nature's Wisdom" and held outside the city of Nagoya. The government of Japan notified the Bureau of International Expositions on December 19, 1995, that they wanted to host Expo 2005 in Aichi Prefecture. There was controversy from the start with Nagoya environmental groups backing the competing bid of Calgary, Canada to win the vote at the Bureau. Japan won anyway, 52-27, despite the protests, on June 12, 1997. The expo would be built on two sites, with accommoations to the environmental community. Seto, which preserved the natural environment, was home to the Japananse Seto, Aichi Seto, and Civic Pavilions, plus the Satoyama Nature Trail. The Nagakute Area would host the Global Commons, where the international pavilions would be held connected by the elevated Global Loop. Also in Nagakute would be the Global House, Expo Zone, Interactive Fun Zone, plus the Japan, Aichi, Central Japan, and Nagoya City Pavilions. It would also include the corporate pavilions, thought to be the stars of the show.
Pavilion attendance would be led by the Global House theme pavilion with 6.96 million visitors, followed close behind by Central Japan Railway Company Pavilion with 6.9 million, and the Mountain of Dreams with 6 million visitors. There was an electric car ride in the Wonder Circus-Electric Power Pavilion, a future world of transportation exhibit by Toyota, and rare animals presented by Hitachi. Of course, the rarest of animals were the mascots named Morizo and Kiccoro, supposedly from the Kaisho Forest area in Seto. They most likely were not from there, but from one of Japan's textile factories. While the international exhibits were overshadowed a bit by the Japanese government and corporate pavilions, the United States reappeared at a World's Fair after missing Expo 2000 in Hanover. Bob Rogers, of BRC Imagination Arts, created Franklin Spirit, a 3-D experience with Ben visiting 2005 on his 300th birthday.
The expo was a success, reaching its attendance goal of fifteen million people by August 18. Over the next thirty-eight days, more than seven million additional visitors would arrive. It overcame controversy in the planning stages over use of Kaisho Forest, changed their plans, and proceeded. With the additional attendance, it is reported that a profit of over 10 billion yen was achieved. Aichi Prefecture was a large place with a population of 7,150,457 in 2003. Fifty-three percent of visitors would come from Aichi and the other two prefectures of the Tokai region, but 4.6% would be foreign visitors, 5,668 on average per day.
Above photo. Wonder Circus, Electric Power Pavilion, 2005, Gnsin. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons. Below: Expo 2005 site, 2005, Aichi Prefecture, Expo Authority. Courtesy Pinterest.
New York Times, March 27, 2005 - "Futuristic Theme for a Familiar Format at Japan Expo" - Touts robots and the woolly mammoth exhibit.
New York Times, March 31, 2005 - "Expo Touts a Green Future" - Article critizes the amount of concrete poured at a "Nature's Wisdom" expo and the thought that it was a Toyota World's Fair. Article again likes the robots and mammoth.
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International Participants Nations and Colonies
Africa - Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Cote d'lvoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Asia - Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam.
Europe - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden.
Latin America - Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico,
Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua.
Middle East - Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Turkey.
North America - Canada, United States of America.
Oceania - Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
International Organizations - International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Tropical Timber Organization, and the United Nations.
Note: It is sometimes difficult to tell whether certain nations actually participated in a significant way. Newspaper reports as well as the official guidebook or official website may indicate participation when actual participation did not occur, or occurred minimally. Take the above as a guide, not gospel. The above list is from the Expo Authority post expo.
High attendance day was September 18 with 281,441 visitors.
Average season ticket holder used their pass 11.05 times during the exposition. One season ticket holder entered the site, including more than once per day, a total of 270 times. A total of 439,000 people bought full season passes.
Site transportation included Kiccoro Gondola, which was used 4.34 million times, Morizo Gondola (3.36 million), Fuel Cell Hybrid Bus (1 million), IMTS (1.79 million), the Global Tram (1.13 million), and Bike taxis 320,000).
After expo, the site became the Expo 2005 Commemorative Park with a children's activity center, the My Neighbor Totoro film house, and a Japanese park. The Seto Pavilion became the Aichi Kaisho Forest Center. A museum dedicated to the expo was built, along with an ice rink and swimming pool. There are plans for a theme park based on the anime characters of the Totori film.
Those in Charge
Shoichiro Toyoda, chairman of Toyota, was the leader of Japan's expo organizing committee.
Sources: Aichi Expo 2005 Official Report; Expo 2005; New York Times; Chubu Weekly; Daily News Nagoya ; Fair News.
Photo column top: Canadian Stamp about Expo 2005, 2005, Canadian Postage Service. Courtesy Pinterest.
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