Osaka's 1970 Expo Tower Captivating Fans Again

Politics Culture Society

Osaka, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--"Taiyo no To" (the Tower of the Sun), an iconic symbol of the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka Prefecture, is coming under the spotlight, mesmerizing its fans again.

Over 160,000 people have visited the 70-meter-tall tower since the Osaka prefectural government opened its inside to the public for the first time in 48 years in March this year to build momentum for its bid to host the 2025 Expo.

Inside the tower, designed by the late Japanese artist Taro Okamoto, stands "Seimei no Ki" (the Tree of Life), a 41-meter-tall sculpture depicting the evolution of life and adorned with models of amoebas, dinosaurs and other creatures.

The tower is in Expo'70 Commemorative Park, built on the site of the international event in Suita in the western Japan prefecture.

A reservation-only tour to view the inside accepts up to 1,120 visitors per day.

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