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AICHI EXPO: LISTENING TO NATURE'S WISDOM

WELCOME TO URBANICITY
SENSING URBANITY
LISTENING FOR WORDS
VIEWING IMAGES OF MYSTERY
LOVING MUSIC
READING FOR LIVING
CELEBRATING THE MIND
TRAVELING TO EXPLORE
SEARCHING THE FUTURE
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

It was quite a show.

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The Japanese people have prospered through ingenuity in spite of the limitations of meager open space and mineral resources. Yet in the scramble for efficiency, industrial growth, and technological supremacy, the wisdom of nature-- so important in centuries-old traditions-- has been overlooked. Until now.
 
The new thrust is for a harmonic co-existence of modern inventiveness and the natural world. The new imperative is societal compatability with the global ecosystem.
 
Since the contradictions of modern civilization are especially apparent in Japan, it is fitting that a wide-ranging world exposition for eco-compatible living was held in Aichi, near the port city of Nagoya, southwest of Tokyo.
 
The theme of the first world expo of the 21st century was "Nature's Wisdom." The massive endeavor had contributing exhibits from 122 countries-- and attracted 25 million visitors.
 
Global House has the world's largest ultra-wide seamless screen and the first super-high definition video system. Robot Project shows robots multi-tasking, guiding, cleaning-- even providing child care.
 
A large Forest Experience Zone is designed to envelop and reacquaint visitors with " the woods." The Bio-Lung has a huge wall of plants and flowers-- an experiment to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and cool the summer air surrounding the Expo grounds.
 
Under the banner "Learning for Sustainability," organizations took their turns on center stage at the Global Village, where the 3R's are reduce, reuse, and recycle. The Expo strived to show that technology is not intrinsically "eco-destructive."
 
Visitors were whisked around  by a platoon operation of IMTS vehicles, navigated and controlled by magnetic markers imbedded in the middle of dedicated roads.
 
So Japanese inventiveness is taking a turn toward restoring the fragile relationship between having "things" and living a more natural life. It was a big laboratory for change and a ambitious and inspiring show. Another expo is planned for 2010 in Shanghi China.
 
                                       

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