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The classic Shinto shrine of the third century B.C. — considered the purest of original Japanese architecture— served as model for the Japanese pavilion. The style is known as "Shimmei-zukuri". simplicity and the arrangement of horizontal lines convey an impression of purity. The structure as a whole, because of his proportions, makes unknowable spiritual affect, not unlike that of a classic Greek temple.
Photograph by Henry S. Yamada.