The Fascinating World of Time Capsules

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The Expo ’70 Time Capsule

Expo ’70 was a world’s fair held in Suita, Osaka, Japan, between March 15 and September 13, 1970. The theme of the Expo was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind.”  In order to celebrate the event, Panasonic Corporation, and The Mainichi Newspapers, agreed to undertake a joint time capsule project.

Hoping for never ending world peace and prosperity, these capsules were filled with 2098 cultural assets of the 20th century chosen by a team of scientists, engineers, historians, and many of them were suggested by the public. If the two capsules endure until the planned opening date of 6970 A.D., their future owners will find an extensive collection of films, seeds, and microorganisms as well as a ceremonial kimono, a Slinky and even the blackened fingernail of a survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bombing. Other items include a silk condom, false teeth, a glass eye, insects encased in resin, an origami instruction book, handcuffs and counterfeit money.