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Expo 2020 Dubai's Japan Pavilion design draws on Arab culture

The immersive, high-tech pavilion will drive "a rich architectural and innovation-driven heritage"

The Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be an immersive and high-tech facility inspired by Arab culture [image: Jetro].
The Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be an immersive and high-tech facility inspired by Arab culture [image: Jetro].

The Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be a “detailed and dynamic space with reverence to Arabic design and culture”, according to designs revealed by Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro), which is overseeing the project. Through its pavilion, positioned as ‘The Crosspoint for the Future’, Japan will drive “a rich architectural and innovation-driven heritage” at the world expo, which will open its doors on 20 October, 2020.

An immersive, high-tech design has been derived for the pavilion, which “embody a modernised presentation of water, wind, shadow, and light, composed with Japanese environmental aesthetics”. This concept is envisioned to provide visitors “an experience of the world […] and resolutions that can be achieved with harmony between people, ideas, and technology”.

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In a statement released by Jetro, it has been revealed that the pavilion symbolises “the connection of the Middle East and Japan’s history”, with its geometry and design showcasing a façade that embraces Arabesque and Japanese Asanoha patterns. These designs also incorporate “notions reflecting the ancient trade network of the Silk Road”, and the pavilion is shaped to signify “the great respect Japan has for other cultures, especially when being hosted as in the case of the expo”.

Commenting on the Japanese Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion’s concept, commissioner general of the Japanese Section at Expo 2020 Dubai, Nakamura, said: “We are delighted with the concept and design of the Japanese pavilion and are certain it will add value to the prestige and legacy that global expos represent.

“By encouraging and inspiring the next generation to take initiative in the development of future solutions, the Japan pavilion will exist as a centripetal force to connect and communicate the vision of our potential in leading a future society based on the spirit, techniques, culture and elements unique to Japan.”

Tetsuya Azuma, vice commissioner general at Nakamura’s Expo 2020 Dubai section, added: “As the first International Registered Exhibition to be held in the Middle East and Africa region, Expo 2020 Dubai represents enormous opportunity for global exhibitors, like Japan, to showcase our social, cultural, and economic initiatives to the global community.

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“Through the unveiling of Japan’s Expo 2020 stand, we will be able to leverage the pavilion’s unique presence as a launchpad to develop and promote future relations and inbound tourism.”

Expo 2020 Dubai, which will end on 10 April, 2021, is the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia’s first world expo. News about Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai follows the design reveals of fellow participating nations, such as Germany and the UK. The US, meanwhile, will reveal the design for its pavilion later this week. High-level officials from the US Department of State, Virgin Hyperloop One, and US-UAE Business Council will attend the ceremony that will be hosted by consortium Pavilion USA 2020 in Dubai on 28 November, 2018.

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