Introducing the Interior of the Tower of the Sun
The video "Opening of the Interior of the Tower of the Sun," (「太陽の塔」内部を公開), released by SankeiNews, is a video about the reopening of the interior of the Tower of the Sun after the repairs and refurbishing completed in March 2018.
The Tower of the Sun is a major work of art by artist Taro Okamoto, and is registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan.
This article introduces the interior of the exhibit.
The video introduces the restored 'Tree of Life' and the 'Sun of the Underworld'.
The dynamism of the interior takes viewers to another world.
About the Tower of the Sun
The Tower of the Sun was built together with the "Tower of Mother," the "Tower of Youth" and the "Big Roof" as part of the Japanese theme pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka in 1970.
At 70 meters tall, with 25-meter-long arms, it's a gigantic piece of art.
The golden face, located at the top, represents the future, and is 11 meters in diameter. The Face of the Sun, resting between 2 arms, represents the present, and the face on the back (the Black Sun) represents the past.
Xenon arc lamps were used in the eyes of the Golden Face during the Expo.
Originally, another face, the 'Sun of the Underworld' was located at the basement floor, but it went missing after the Expo. This 'phantom face' was eventually restored in the refurbishing work.
The newly restored 'Sun of the Underworld' appears in the video at 0:50.
The gallery inside displays the massive piece "Tree of Life" (1:13), which represents the evolution of creatures. Modern technology enabled these objects, originally attached to the artwork, to be restored.
Only a model of gorilla with a damaged head (1:35) remains the same.
The video navigates viewers through the tower's artistic interior, reminiscent of another dimension.
The Tower of the Sun: Visitor Information
The Tower of the Sun is located at the Expo Commemoration Park in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
It has been off limits since the event ended, but the prefectural government began refurbishing the tower's interior in 2017 and reopened it in March 2018. An event called 'Rebirth of the Tower of the Sun' was held to celebrate its reopening.
Admission is by internet reservation only, and tickets are not sold on the day.
To go by train, get off at Osaka Monorail Line Banpaku-kinen-koen Station and follow the slope to the park.
Most people visiting by car use the Nihonteien-mae Parking Lot.
Summary of the Tower of the Sun
The video "Opening of the Interior of the Tower of the Sun," introduces the reopening of the inside of the amazing artwork that has been loved as a symbol of the park for years.
Enjoy the masterpiece of Taro Okamoto shown in the video.
Go to the official website of the Tower of the Sun for more information and tickets.
A museum shop located inside of the artwork stocks a variety of exclusive goods, including the popular "Tower of the Sun figurine"
We hope this article has inspired you to visit the amazing work of art!
◆The Tower of the Sun - Museum Info◆
【Address】1-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka 565-0826 JAPAN
【Admission fee】Adults: 720 Yen (~$7 USD), Children: 310 Yen (As of April 2020)
【Closures】Please see the official website
【Official Website】The Tower of the Sun
【Tripadvisor】The Tower of the Sun (Banpaku kinen koen)