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The Exhibits of Global Common One (March 18, 2005)

An image of what Global Common One will look like (Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition)
From March 25 to September 25, 2005, the eastern hills of Nagoya, which is located in the center of Japan in Aichi Prefecture, will play host to the 2005 World Exposition. Including the host nation Japan, there are 121 official participating nations, 4 international organizations, and numerous NPOs and NGOs. Under the theme of "Nature's Wisdom," the first World Exposition of the twenty-first century will seek out ways for humankind and nature to enjoy a sustainable coexistence and propose models for global society in the coming age. EXPO 2005 aims to draw 15 million visitors. 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. A total of 18 countries in Asia, excluding Southeast Asia, will hold their exhibits in Global Common One.

The Cultures of Asia
The countries that are holding their exhibits in Global Common One are looking to develop the Expo's theme of "Nature's Wisdom" while highlighting the similarities and differences among the various cultures that exist within Asia. The pavilion of the People's Republic of China has made the theme of its exhibition "Tree of Life." The Chinese pavilion will feature a spiral staircase in the shape of the veins of a leaf, as well as giant re-creations of leaves and flowers, allowing visitors to experience a unique vision of coexistence between humanity and nature. The pavilion of India, meanwhile, features a symbolic tree of life of its own, "Tree Light," in the center, and the exhibit will touch on aspects of India's traditions and modernity through such means as evoking the scenery of a bazaar and holding an exhibition on India's prowess in information technology.

The pavilion of the Republic of Korea features three-dimensional images, live performances, and exhibitions of traditional folk art, including a special exhibition of a popular South Korean artist. The theme of this pavilion is "Light of Life," and the pavilion itself is divided into five sections based on the South Korean color scheme; each of the different colors has its own meaning in relation to Korean culture, and there will be exhibits introducing visitors to ceramic-making and other crafts, as well as South Korean industry. The theme of the pavilion of Nepal is "Mandala," and its centerpiece is a stunning re-creation of a Nepalese Buddhist temple crafted by some 200 Nepalese artisans. The inside of the temple conjures up the image of the Himalayan Mountains, and cultural programs and events will introduce visitors to the Buddha and Buddhism.

Characteristics of Global Common One

Located next to the North Gate, this Common also features direct access from the adjacent EXPO Plaza and offers visitors a spectacular view through to the center of the Common. In addition to China, India, South Korea, and Nepal, the other participating countries with their own exhibitions are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Mongolia, and Bhutan. Additionally, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan will be holding their exhibits in the Central Asia Pavilion.

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