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[Movie] Expo ’70 tower to open for extended run

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Members of the media visit the inside of Taiyo no To (Tower of the Sun) on Thursday, before it is opened to the public.

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Osaka prefectural government has been overwhelmed by about 40,000 applications to see inside Taiyo no To (Tower of the Sun), the symbol of the Japan World Exposition 1970 held in the prefecture.

The prefectural government initially planned to open the tower to 500 members of the public for a one-day-only event. However, it decided to invite an additional 800 people and extend the opening to two days in response to the enormous demand.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

Renowned artist Taro Okamoto (1911-96) designed the 70-meter-tall work. The interior has remained mostly closed since the 1970 expo ended, but the prefectural government now plans to open it to the public on a permanent basis starting in March 2018.

In preparation, quake-resistant reinforcement work will begin this autumn. The event was planned to give people the chance to see the interior before the work commences.

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    Taiyo no To (Tower of the Sun), the symbol of the Japan World Exposition 1970

Many applicants are said to be in their 60s and 70s. “People who actually went to the expo might have applied with nostalgic feelings about those times,” a prefectural official said.


[Released on Oct. 7, 2016]

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