Expo 2025 is around the corner, and it promises to be a tremendous occasion for international cultural exchange, with people from over 150 countries descending on Osaka for a span of six months. 🌏
One of my company’s wonderful female staff members has a nostalgic connection to the 1970 Osaka Expo. As a young woman, she took a part-time job at the Canadian Pavilion. She was so well-regarded by the Pavilion Director that he invited her to visit Canada, a trip she fondly remembers to this day. 🇨🇦🇯🇵
She’s now over 70, a grandmother, and still speaks with excitement about her youth and the indelible memories formed during that 1970 Expo. The experience influenced her profoundly, encouraging her to learn English, meet her future husband, who worked for Singapore Airlines, and even live abroad. ✈️
Fast forward to 2023, and she’s bringing that international flair to her work as a housekeeper for diplomats at the Osaka Consulate in my company. At 70+, she still comes alive when providing services to international clients.
As we look forward to Expo 2025, I wish for nothing less than a similarly transformative and enriching experience for all those who will participate.
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