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The design of the Matsushita Pavilion was inspired by one of the most graceful ages of Japanese history, the Tempyo era. During that time (729-767) the capital of Japan was situated in Nara and the reign of Emperor Shomu saw the creation of some of Japan's most illustrious temples, such as Todaiji, and literary works of enduring beauty.
The Matsushita Pavilion, with its graceful sloping roofs and paper-screen-like walls, was set within a pond surrounded by groves of bamboo. At night, light from within filtered through the walls, throwing soft reflections on the pond.
The front part of the structure, 1,416 square metres in area, was devoted to an exhibition of the Time Capsule and its contents. The structure at the rear, 1,234 square metres, provided a haven of peace and quiet for visitors to the Exposition.
There, they could take part in the tea ceremony and walk through a grove of bamboo, a pathway symbolising the journey to be undertaken by the Time Capsule.
The pavilion was designed by Yoshida Isoya, a member of the Japan Art Academy, and constructed by three of Japan's leading construction companies: Obayashi-Gumi, Takenaka Komuten and Kajima Construction Company.
The contents of this site are excerpted from THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF TIME CAPSULE EXPO'70(March 1975). Please note that company and organization names may differ from those of the current ones.
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