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Osaka’s Touch of Australia’s Great Wave

The 1970 Osaka World Expo was a boon for Japan’s second-largest city, then, like the rest of the country, enjoying the postwar boom that propelled Japan from the brink of destruction to being the No. 2 economic power in the world.
Better PavilionAustralia, too, was still enjoying unprecedented prosperity in 1970, and it showed with its amazing pavilion at the Osaka showcase.
The pavilion, modeled on Katsushika Hokusai‘s The Great Wave at Kanagawa, was at the end of the Expo donated to Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, which is Sydney’s sister city. It was supposed to be a symbol of the “eternal” friendship between Japan and Australia.
After almost 45 years, and picking up a giant platypus used in the 2005 Aichi World Expo along the way, the Australia Pavilion was condemned in November 2013 and will be demolished, though it currently remains in place.

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Ducking Enormous! 「ラバー・ダック プロジェクト」がシドニーにやってきた

Rubber Duck in Sydney Harbor, Jan. 3, 2013

Rubber Duck in Sydney Harbor, Jan. 3, 2013

 2009年大阪で日本が世界初の所在地となった「ラバー・ダック プロジェクト」がいよいよオーストラリアまで展開した。
The infamous Rubber Duck Project that kicked off globally in Osaka in 2009 is finally making its mark in Australia.
The 10-meter-tall rubber duck object is one of the famous items produced by renowned Dutch artist Florentijin Hofman.
 世界中に巨大キッチュなオブジェを設置することで有名となったホフマン氏が初めてこの「ラバー・ダック プロジェクト」が2009年大阪で。以降、尾道市のほか世界各地で開催した。
Hofman is known for the gigantic kitsche items he has placed around the world, starting with the Rubber Duck Project he kicked off in Osaka four years ago before moving on to other places around the world, including Onomichi.
The Rubber Duck Project is in Sydney as part of the Sydney Festival.
 「ラバー・ダック プロジェクト」が正式に開催するのは1月5日~23日の間、シドニー中心部にあるダーリング・ハーバーで披露される。
The huge duck will be in Darling Harbor in the center of the city in an official capacity from Jan. 5 to Jan. 23. It arrived in the city and was floated in Sydney Harbor on Jan. 3.

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