日本での一年間

March 7, 2011

Osaka World Expo Park: Tower of the Sun

The first World’s Fair to be held in Asia was the 1970 World Expo (日本万国博覧会) in Osaka, Japan. The controversial symbol of the 1970 World Expo is the 65m tall Tower of the Sun (太陽の塔), which vistors to the World Expo Commemorative Park can still see the tower.  I read in the Lonely Planet that many people thinks it looks like it was made by a child. It was actually designed by Japanese artist Taro Okamoto and he was 59 years old when the Tower was completed. The easiest way to get to the park is via the Osaka monorail.

We first see the Tower of the Sun peeking out over the monorail tracks from across the highway.

2 of the tower's 3 faces are on the front. The top face is called the "Golden mask (黄金の顔)" and the bottom face is called ”The Face of the Sun(太陽の顔)”

The back of the Tower has the third face, "The Black Sun(黒い太陽の顔)"

Reflection of the Tower of the Sun on the windows of the monorail station.

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