By 1950, the U.S. occupation of Japan was in its fifth year, so the Japanese newspaper Asahi Press sponsored the America Fair to infuse locals with a deeper grasp of the American way of life.
Encompassing 50 acres in Osaka, Japan, the fair displayed large-scale models of New York’s skyline, Abraham Lincoln’s log-cabin birthplace, and the Liberty Bell, among a slew of other icons.
The fair’s 2 million visitors gaped at those as well as replicas of additional landmarks, including the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore, with its faces carved to include traditionally Asian features.
Japanese visitors view a Mount Rushmore replica at the America Fair. (Photo by Takamasa Inamura/Library of Congress)
Three kimono clad Japanese girls sit at the base of a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty at the America Fair.