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The Exhibits of Global Common Two (February 8, 2005)

The exterior of the US pavilion (Courtesy of the U.S. Pavilion)
From March 25 to September 25, 2005, Aichi Prefecture will host the 2005 World Exposition under the theme of "Nature's Wisdom." More than 120 countries and numerous international organizations have announced plans to take part in the first World Exposition of the twenty-first century. The official participants will be holding their exhibitions in Global Commons, common areas that group participants together by region and provide both individual and shared space. The six Global Commons are linked by the Global Loop, which will allow visitors to enjoy a virtual walk around the world. Global Common Two is home to the countries of the Americas.

Building on the Theme
The countries setting up pavilions in Global Common Two are taking the opportunity to develop the Expo's theme of "Nature's Wisdom." Canada's pavilion, which has adopted the theme "The Wisdom of Diversity," touches on three metaphors that apply to the natural world and human society. The pavilion houses three concentric spheres, which visitors will traverse via a winding path. In "Step Inside the Geosphere," visitors will experience the splendors of Canada's natural geography through a spectacular presentation using images, lights, and sound. In "Move Along to the Biosphere," the exhibit reveals how Canada's natural environment is protected and sustained. "At the Center, the Ethnosphere" is where visitors will learn about the coexistence of customs and languages in Canada, a metaphor for people's relationships with nature and with each other. Visitors to the pavilion will be greeted by Teku-jin, technologically enhanced human guides equipped with small computers and wireless cameras. These Teku-jin, which can speak English, French, and Japanese, will interact with visitors. There will also be video technology that allows visitors to talk with people in Canada in real time.

Benjamin Franklin experiments with electricity. (Courtesy of the U.S. Pavilion)

The pavilion of the United States, meanwhile, will be hosted by a virtual-reality simulation of Benjamin Franklin in honor of the 300th birthday of the ambassador and inventor. The theme of this pavilion is "The Franklin Spirit," and the host will take visitors on a journey through the past, present, and future of innovation in the United States, celebrating nature and the spirit of innovation. The exhibition will feature a replica of the 1902 Wright Glider and a prototype of the Mars Rover.

Characteristics of Global Common Two
With a tree-lined pond in the center, this Common brings out the natural beauty of the Expo venue. In addition to Canada and the United States, some 15 countries from Latin America are participating as well. Argentina, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico will each operate their own unique pavilions. The Central America Joint Pavilion, meanwhile, will bring together the exhibitions of El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Honduras, while the Andes Joint Pavilion will feature the exhibits of Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, and Bolivia. Organizers and prospective visitors alike are eagerly awaiting the announcement by these countries regarding the contents of their exhibits.

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