In 1851 the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations was held in London, the first modern exposition. Japan’s Meiji government considered the exposition as an indispensable tool for building and promoting a modern nation and decided to participate in the 1873 World’s Fair in Vienna. What followed was a series of government-sponsored national industrial exhibitions in Japan, which greatly influenced the development of the country’s industry, technology, and arts and crafts. This volume looks at Japan’s history of participation in world expos through the lens of Japan itself, up to and including the Osaka Expo in 1970, the first world’s fair to be hosted in Japan.
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