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EXPO 2005 AICHI, JAPAN

Japanese corporations were well-represented at the Expo in large, highly-entertaining pavilions of endangered species. The U.S. was also present after an awkward absence at Hannover's Expo 2000; the U.S. pavilion featured a show about energy with a film/experience of Ben Franklin. The site featured a variety of open space and green areas as well as an elevated walkway which placed pedestrians well above the ground below. Overhead skyways provided visitors with views of the many attractions and exhibits below.. Toyota's exhibit featured an orchestra of robots while a "Cirque du Soleil"-type show took place on trapeze equipment overhead. Hitachi's exhibit featured 3-D animations of endangered species.

A summary of the event and analysis of the "lessons learned" is provided in a short paper which may be downloaded at Expo 2005.