Press Release

2023.11.29 Public Call for Nicknames of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan Event Facilities

(Note: Applications closed on 28 December 2023)

The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition (hereinafter referred to as “the Association) is now accepting ideas for the nicknames for the four facilities that will host events at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Expo”) for the purpose of fostering momentum for the Expo.
The four facilities to be named by the public will play an important role as venues where many events will be held to promote the theme and concept of the Expo. We look forward to receiving many creative submissions.

[Facilities to be Named]
The Association is seeking nicknames for the four facilities below.
The event facility nicknames will be widely used as information for visitors. For example, we are planning to use the name of the facility on the venue maps and in the event information.

■ EXPO Hall (large event venue)

 ■ Facility Overview:
  ・The EXPO Hall is the symbol of the entire venue. Its design is reminiscent of the “Tower of the Sun” from Expo ’70 with its large, golden, round roof and its strong, stark-looking walls rising from the earth.
  ・The theatre in the round, with its seats and stage all in one, is a festive space wrapped in textured pure white fabric that symbolises the “shining future of life.”
  ・Total area: 8,400 m², approximately 2,000 seats.

■ EXPO National Day Hall(small event venue)

 ■ Facilities Overview:
  ・The EXPO National Day Hall is a hub for international exchange where events for official participants will be held
  ・The architecture celebrates the relationship between the sea and earth of the Expo site, which has been a gate for international exchange since ancient times.
  ・The lively environment mixes the outdoor expanse with multiple bands of slabs and indoor venues for entertainment.
  ・Total area: 4,400m², Capacity: approx..500 seats

■EXPO Arena (outdoor event venue)

 ■ Facility Overview:
  ・This venue will be the base for the largest outdoor events at the Expo. It can accommodate approximately 10,000 people.
  ・There is a geometric circular artificial grass area in the centre, and a pergola with bamboo benches on the outside
  ・Its aims to be a “world-class place for the dissemination of digital content culture.” Three large video displays are installed on the stage.
  ・Area: 23,000 m², Capacity: approx. 10,000 people.

■ EXPO Exhibition Centre

 ■ Facilities Overview
  ・The Exhibition Centre will be a base for exhibitions and trade fairs, as well as dialogue programmes and business exchanges aimed at solving global issues.
  ・Tent eaves are placed in front of the entrance, creating a relaxing gathering space for visitors.
  ・Building area: 4,900 m², Capacity: approx. 3,000 people.

 ・Both professionals or amateurs can apply. No experience or awards are required.
 ・There are no age restrictions.
 ・Applicants under 18 years of age must apply together with a legal representative such as a person with parental authority.
 ・Applicants must be Japanese nationals or foreign nationals residing in Japan (with a certificate of residence in Japan).
 ・Only individual applicants are eligible to apply. Group applications will not be accepted.

[Application Period]
14:00, Wednesday, 29 November 2023 -17:00, Thursday, 28 December 2023

[How to apply]
 ・To apply, you will need to enter your nickname for the event facility, a description of the nickname, and your email address. Please refer to the application guidelines and submit your entry through the application form.
 ・Please note that only two applications per person per facility will be accepted.
 ・Please note that only one nickname can be submitted per facility per entry on the application form.
  If you submit two applications, you will need to fill out the application form twice.
  * Please note if you submit 3 or more applications for the same facility, you will be disqualified.

Application manual URL: (Japanese)
Application form (Japanese):
Application form (English):

[Considerations for Selection]
・Is it familiar to everyone and easy to remember?
・Can everyone associate it with the image of the Expo?
・Is it easy to imagine how the facility will be used?

[Selection Method]
・One nickname per facility will be selected as the best entry. (Prize money: 150,000 yen per facility)

[Selection Results]
Around March or early April 2024, the winner of the “Grand Prize” will be notified and the name of the winner and the nicknames will be announced on the Association’s official website.

Global Communication Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition