24 Ways The Future Japan Imagined In 1970 Was Better Than What We Got

The Osaka Expo teased a future of misty buildings and electric trees. Instead we got smartphones and tablets. Total rip-off.

1. Aerial view of the Osaka Expo ‘70.

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2. Osaka Expo entrance, guarded by the Tower of the Sun.

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3. Close-up of the Tower of the Sun.

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4. Toshibia-IHI Pavilion went balls to the wall with retro-futurism.

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5. As did the official Expo Tower.

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6. Takara Beautilion Pavilion had a modular feel.

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7. Takara Beautilion Pavilion front angle.

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8. People looking at the future of communication at the Telecommunication Pavilion.

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9. Swiss Pavilion lit up the night with an electrical tree.

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10. Sumitomo Fairy Tale Pavilion consisted of nine “flying saucers” housing various mythological tales from around the world.

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11. Hanging Gondolas were the future of sky travel.

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12. Or at least the future of World Expo travel.

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13. Furukawa Pavilion stands tall in the center of a panoramic view.

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14. Canada Pavilion predicted the glass buildings of today pretty well.

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15. Textiles Pavilion with a garden in the foreground.

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16. The Italian Pavilion with the Hong Kong Pavilion behind it.

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17. Malaysian Pavilion with futuristic space bench seating behind.

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18. The Pepsi Pavilion had a constantly generating mist effect.

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19. Which turned into a low-hanging cloud as visitors boarded the moving walkway.

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20. The Green Pavilion was definitely not suggestive at all.

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21. Waterfalls sprayed at night while swan paddle boats ruled the day.

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22. Praha restaurant and it optimistically futuristic decor.

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23. Bulgarian Pavilion had a very Egyptian and/or modern Louvre feel.

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24. And the USSR Pavilion (obviously).

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