World Cosplay Summit
World Cosplay Summit
29.06.2009

When Aichi was chosen to hold the 2005 World Exposition in Monaco on June 12th 1997, the then governor for Aichi Prefecture, Reiji Suzuki, announced that “It will be the culmination of efforts we make at the regional level, and we are determined to leave behind a proud legacy that will be handed down to future generations.”

The organizers pulled out all the stops in planning the event and their imagination seemed the only limit in design. Skyscrapers went up, a monorail line and airport were built, a theme park and robot museum opened. With the exposition behind us and we are left with the equivalent of a big hangover.  The robot museum and Italia-mura shut down, international routes at Centrair are closing and the Linimo line is looking as big a white elephant as ever. We seem to be back to a Nagoya quite similar to what we had before the Expo…or so it may appear.
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