M any world exhibitions have made history Sometimes guests of state like German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 17 August give them a major boost But often it is the countless lit tle stories that happen on the periphery that make Expos so lovable Hideo Fujii certainly has many a story to tell The first world exhi bition the Japanese visitor ever encountered was in his home country the Osaka Expo in 1970 Since then he has been a big Expo fan In Milan he happened to be the very first vis itor to enter the German Pavilion on 1 May 2015 Half a year later on 31 October around three million people have already been inside the building and witnessed Germany s ap proach to the Expo theme Feeding the Plan et Energy for Life We wanted to raise awareness encourage people to explore the topic of human nutrition and take action themselves the German Pavilion s Commis sioner General Dietmar Schmitz describes the concept The Pavilion took visitors on an enter taining journey through the basic elements of nature soil water climate and biodiversity all of which are important for human nutri tion It featured projects and ideas for pre serving our natural resources to help secure our future food supply We offered visitors a wealth of information underlines Dietmar Schmitz And they could pick the topics they wanted to explore in depth Wherever they went in the Fields of Ideas as the German Expo presence was titled people found interactive stations to try out At the entrance they received a SeedBoard on the face of it a piece of cardboard you could open like a book which turned out to be a multimedia based exhibition guide Visitors could use the playful tool to get more infor mation on the exhibits and screens In a sur prising and humorous manner they could discover what people initiatives and institu tions in Germany are already doing in the spirit of the Expo theme At the end of the world exhibition the German Pavilion will be dismantled The lightweight construction with reduced mate rials was intended as a temporary building from the start 800 tonnes of steel will be melted down for future re use elsewhere says Dietmar Schmitz So we will give things and materials to others for further use The computers will go to the Goethe Institute in Italy the clothing to the Red Cross unless the Pavilion staff want to keep it as a souvenir The employed wood will also be recycled And what will happen to the staff members of the German House Some already work for the Pavilion operator Messe Frankfurt or were granted leave by their em ployers specially for their time in Milan Oth ers will continue their studies or have been taken on In the past most of our staff found a good solution says Dietmar Schmitz Working for Expo strengthens your person ality and is good for your CV Some people may work again for future Expos And there they may again meet globetrotter Hideo Fujii from Japan PB 50 TradeFairs Internation al 6 2015 INTERNATIONAL EXPO 2015 Ploughing the Fields of Ideas A gently rising landscape with a freely accessible surface and exhibition inside The German Pavilion was one of the main at tractions at Expo in Milan Hideo Fujii zeigt seine Mütze Der Japaner war erster Besucher im mehrfach preisge krönten Deut schen Pavillon Hideo Fujii from Japan shows his cap He was the first visitor of the award winning German Pavilion Ph ot o D eu ts ch er P av ill on

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