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The Fifth National Industrial Exhibition - 1903 - Osaka, Japan

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An industrial exhibition that became a small-scale World's Fair: The Fifth National Industrial Exhibition held in Osaka, Japan from March 1st - July 31st, 1903

A total of 10 nations participated - including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Russia. The five-month fair was attended by over four million visitors. The site is now Tennoji Park, containing the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts and the Tennoji Zoo.

Site Plan....

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Aerial view from Obayashi Tower....

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Main Entrance....

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World Street & Main Entrance....

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World Street with Fine Arts Building and Obayashi Tower in the distance....

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Agricultural, Forestry and Marine Products Building....

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Industrial Building....

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Educational Building....

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Machinery Building....

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Foreign Samples Building....

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Transportation Building....

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Aichi Prefecture Shops....

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Water Chutes....

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World Street and Main Entrance at night....

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Very nice shots.Strange how Russia would be invited and within a short time be at war with Japan.

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9 hours ago, SonnyTFox said:

Very nice shots.Strange how Russia would be invited and within a short time be at war with Japan.

This was the final in a series of great national industrial exhibitions to be held in Japan and the only one in which foreign nations were invited to take part. A sixth exposition was scheduled for 1907, with suggestions that it be an international exposition, but was eventually cancelled due to financial difficulties following the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War. Instead, Tokyo hosted the Meiji Industrial Exhibition in 1907, an exclusively national enterprise, on an even larger scale than that of the 1903 Osaka event.

Aerial view....

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Main Hall across Shinobazu Pond....

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Thanks for the posts. I really not knowledgeable about the architecture, but except for the sales-shops it says "Victorian English" to me.

I was surprised by the water chutes, as the only others I had seen were at Riverview Park in Chicago.

Here's one of similar vintage at Coney Island:

 

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1 hour ago, waynebretl said:

Thanks for the posts. I really not knowledgeable about the architecture, but except for the sales-shops it says "Victorian English" to me.

I was surprised by the water chutes, as the only others I had seen were at Riverview Park in Chicago.

Here's one of similar vintage at Coney Island:

 

Actually many exhibitions and World's Fairs had the "Shoot the Chutes" ride....it was a very popular attraction at turn-of-the-century fairs and amusement parks.

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