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NICKNAMED "Zi Chan Dao" (Purple Silkworm Island), the Japan Pavilion celebrates its National Pavilion Day today. The theme of the pavilion is "Harmony of Hearts, Harmony of Skills."

A Japanese "friendship" ship, which arrived in Shanghai on Wednesday, will sail along the Huangpu River today. The ship was built in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, and left Osaka, Japan, on May 8.

Japan's former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is scheduled to attend today's ceremonies.

Japanese artists will present a gala of entertainment, traditional music and dance, folk, pop, rock, and even cosplay.

The Japan Pavilion, designed like a silkworm, shows a 10-minute-long opera every day about the crested ibis, a bird declared extinct in Japan in the 1970s. With the help of China, which donated ibises, conservationists in both countries helped the bird reestablish its habitat.

The opera combines elements of both China's Kunqu Opera and Japan's Noh drama to demonstrate friendship between the two countries.

The Japan Pavilion is in Zone A, next to the Vietnam Pavilion.


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