The groundbreaking, which officially marked the beginning of construction, was carried out by Akihiko Nakajima, the Japanese Ambassador to the UAE, Akima Umezawa, Consul-General of Japan in Dubai, Tomiyasu Nakamura, Commissioner General of the Japan Pavilion, and Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, executive director, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.
Preparations for exhibits at the Expo 2020 Dubai Japan Pavilion are underway under the leadership of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, co-organised by the Ministry of International Affairs and Communications, state news agency WAM reported.
The design and construction of the Japan Pavilion focuses on connection between the Middle East and Japan and sustainability. It was designed by Yuko Nagayama, director of Yuko Nagayama and Associates and NTT facilities.
The facade of the pavilion will combine Arabesque and Asanoha patterns, representing the long history of connections and crossing of cultures between Japan and the Middle East.
Guests will be welcomed by a three-dimensional facade, which draws inspiration from Japanese origami shapes.
The pavilion will also use an environmentally-friendly cooling mechanism inspired by traditional Arabic and Japanese technologies - windcathers and uchimizu.