Japanese Pavilion, A Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago, 1933.

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Japanese Pavilion and Garden, A Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago, 1933. (At far left is the Japan Tea Hall entrance to the pavilion.)

See also:
Japan Government Exhibit, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904
Japan Pavilion, New York World’s Fair, 1939
Green Tea Culture, c. 1950
Misc. Scenes of Manchukuo, c. 1940

“Japan has brought over a typical example of her architecture–a two-story building immediately west of the Chinese village. An army of workmen and engineers came over from Japan bringing their own tools and materials to construct the building. Here are housed fine examples of Japanese china, cloisonne, embroideries, silk work and countless examples of the world-famous Japanese handicraft.

“A typical Japanese tea garden is one of the features of this unusual Oriental display. The charming ceremony of tea drinking as practised in Japan is added to by dainty Geisha girls with all the atmosphere and colour which only Nippon can give. The process of making silk from the cocoon to the finished article is shown by experts in this industry. The resulting development of the surrounding country, due to the construction of the South Manchurian railway, will represent the more serious industrial an engineering genius of the Japanese nation.”

Official Guide Book of Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair, 1933

“Tea Girls in Native Costumes”, A Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, 1933. The Japan Central Tea Association was one of a hundred exhibitors from Japan with displays inside the Japanese Pavilion.

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