Thematic Project
“Brilliance of Life Project”

About Thematic Project
“Brilliance of Life Project”

The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition has announced the Master Plan for the Brilliance of Life Project (thematic projects), the core project of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.
The Brilliance of Life Project will take place in the Signature Pavilions and Signature Events both online and offline. The experiences offered by the Brilliance of Life Project directed by eight leading producers from various fields will serve as an opportunity for people to explore life and practise creativity. They will encourage each one of us to start making a small effort for others and our planet. The accumulation of and resonation between these efforts will make people smile, leading to “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” together.

Signature Pavilions

“Resonance of Lives”Co-being

MIYATA Hiroaki
MIYATA Hiroaki
Professor, Keio University
Better Co-being
©SANAA

We are now at a turning point in reconstructing civilisation, not only from an economic point of view, but also in the areas of the environment, human rights, education, and health.

In a world where everyone is connected to one another, it is important to respect diverse forms of life and aim to achieve a future where each and every individual can prosper.

The thematic project “Resonance of Lives” offers the opportunity to experience human co-being—resonating with life and the future—through co-creating a new world.

“Amplification of Lives”Future of Life

ISHIGURO Hiroshi
ISHIGURO Hiroshi
Professor, Osaka University, Visiting Director, ATR Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories
Amplifying possibilities in life by integrating it with technology
©FUTURE OF LIFE / EXPO2025
©FUTURE OF LIFE / EXPO2025

Half a century has passed since the Japan World Exposition Osaka 1970—we believe that human life in the future will be designed by human beings themselves.
Life that is supported and designed by technology
Life that exists in technology (robots)

“Invigorating Lives”Playground of Life  Jellyfish Pavilion

NAKAJIMA Sachiko
NAKAJIMA Sachiko
Musician, mathematician and STEAM educator
STEAM A journey in pursuit of excitement
Life dances, life sings, life opens.
Manifestation of a sense of being alive
©steAm Inc. & Tetsuo Kobori Architects All Rights Reserved
©steAm Inc. & Tetsuo Kobori Architects All Rights Reserved

Let’s witness the explosive light emitted from the diverse life (creativity) lying within each one of us and listen carefully to the vivid primeval song of life vigorously arising from deep within our body.
This project aims to create relationships with a variety of worlds and totally transform what it means to learn, play, create, and “live”, not only during the Expo but before and after it.
This is a journey to make the diverse meaning of existence and overflowing light of life (creativity) of all people and things explode, connect the whole world through the joy of creativity, and explore an inclusive “co-creation” (democratisation of creativity) society for the future filled with playfulness and hope.
You and “Playground of Life  Jellyfish Pavilion” opening in Yumeshima Island will witness this historic moment in 2025.
Life is so fascinating.

“Forging Lives”null2

OCHIAI Yoichi
©mika ninagawa
OCHIAI Yoichi
Media Artist
Forging Lives
© 2022 noiz All Rights Reserved
© 2022 noiz All Rights Reserved

Unknown landscapes
Transforming sculptures that warp the landscape

Making visiting physical places a valuable experience. An interactive monument unknown to humankind.
Using the freedom offered by digital technology, it brings harmony between nature and humans while converting the landscape.
This project aims to bring about progress in architecture and interactive technology that can only be achieved in a major global event held only once every few years.

Unknown experience
Digital body-based infinity mirror

Visitors’ bodies are digitalised, and they will interact with their digitalised bodies that transform organically and move autonomously within the pavilion.
The first ever rediscovery of the mirror in recorded history.

“Quest of Life”Dynamic equilibrium of Life -I am You-

FUKUOKA Shin-Ichi
FUKUOKA Shin-Ichi
Biologist, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
From selfishness to altruism
© Dynamic equilibrium of Life / EXPO2025
© Dynamic equilibrium of Life / EXPO2025

The modern world is characterised by an increasing division between people and between people and nature.
A variety of solutions are being developed around the world, but why is it that none of them help address this issue fundamentally?
Is it not because biophilosophy, the basic attitude for approaching the fundamental issue of life, is missing from the equation?
Aspiring for a better future for our society and planet, this pavilion imparts a philosophy that shakes our awareness from its very foundation—that there is actually no clear boundary separating selfishness and altruism.

“Totality of Life”LIVE EARTH JOURNEY

KAWAMORI Shoji
KAWAMORI Shoji
Animation director and mechanic designer
A miracle living now and here together
© 2022 Shoji Kawamori/Office Shogo Onodera, All rights reserved.
© 2022 Shoji Kawamori/Office Shogo Onodera, All rights reserved.

Expresses the brilliance of fragile, precious, powerful, lovable, and beautiful life and the connection between all forms of life that inhabit the universe, the seas, and the earth.
The project aims to advocate a paradigm shift from anthropocentrism to biocentrism and the importance of protecting and nurturing lives.

“Cycle of Lives”EARTH MART

KOYAMA Kundo
KOYAMA Kundo
Broadcast writer, Vice President of Kyoto University of the Arts
©EARTH MART / EXPO2025
©EARTH MART / EXPO2025

Our pavilion addresses environmental issues and starvation, presenting the possibilities of Japanese food culture and cutting-edge food technology to explore new eating practises leading to a better future together with visitors.

We also want to create an aftertaste like the one below.

By resetting what you take for granted through food, we want visitors to become aware of the most important things in life and to develop a sense of gratitude and kindness from modesty, which will lead to a feeling of happiness.

Starting tonight, you will want to cherish meal-times a bit more than you did yesterday.

We hope we can spread the Japanese word “Itadaki-masu” and new attitudes to food to people across the world.

“Embracing Lives”to exist

KAWASE Naomi
©LESLIE KEE
KAWASE Naomi
Filmmaker
A place where you within me encounters me within you
© Naomi Kawase × 目 [mé]
© Naomi Kawase × 目 [mé]

People create boundaries between one another due to their differences.
However, people are emotional beings that can communicate with each other.
Accepting one another through communication and changing ourselves will lead to a better future.
Communication from our hearts will take place in this forest-like theatre.