The Origins of the Tower of the Sun, a Representative of Japanese Art Architecture

It was built as part of the theme pavilion expressing "Progress and Harmony of Mankind" in the symbolic zone of the Japan World Exposition held in Osaka in 1970.

First of all, the Japan World Exposition was the first international exposition in Asia, so it was remarkable and historical. When you think about it, you can understand that the Tower of the Sun, which was built as a symbol of the first exposition in Asia, is quite an amazing thing.

Now, let me tell you about the creator of the Tower.

About The Creator of the Tower of the Sun

Taro Okamoto

The creator is Taro Okamoto, one of Japan's most famous artists.

Okamoto has created numerous works, including two-dimensional paintings, three-dimensional works such as the Tower of the Sun, and books. He is famous for saying, "Art is an explosion." It seems that his life was truly immersed in art.

What Does the Tower of the Sun Mean?

It is said that the Tower of the Sun represents Japan in 1970. At that time, Japan had just gone through a period of rapid economic growth and had become an economic superpower.

The Japan World Exposition was a major national event held by Japan, so it is no exaggeration to say that the Tower was built to show the world that Japan had become an economic superpower.

Also, the three faces on the Tower hide various secrets.

What are the Three Faces of the Tower of the Sun?

The Tower of the Sun has three faces: the golden face at the top, the face of the sun at the front, and the black sun at the back.
Let's look at them one by one.

Golden Face: Shines in Golden and Symbolizes the Future

The color gold is a very auspicious color. It is said that gold was chosen for its hope for the future.

Sun Face: Symbolizes the Present

Placed in the center of the tower is this sun face, symbolizing the present.

This slightly sulky expression kind of makes us imagine. I suppose each individual may perceive it differently, but did the face want to convey that he is a little dissatisfied with the present?

Black Sun: Symbolizes the Past

A huge sun shaped by a spouting flame, like the one in the photo above, is said to represent the past. Why is it black? It may represent something in the past as felt by the artist.


Continue to read further truth of the tower on Part 2.

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