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In 1975, the World Exposition was held in Okinawa, centering around the theme of seas and oceans. After the expo's closure, the Ocean Expo Park was built on the former expo site, in order to commemorate the event..The most famous among the various attractions found in the Ocean Expo Park, is the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, one of Japan's largest and best aquaria. Other attractions include a tropical flower park, a maritime museum, a sand beach and a historic Okinawan village...The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium first opened its doors on 1 November 2002 in Ocean Expo Park. Its name was chosen from a total of 13,897 public votes, which had been sent in from all aver Japan. The Naming Committee commented that the name, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium: "can easily be distinguished from other mainland aquariums", "sounds uniquely Okinawan", and " has a ring to it, making it easy to remember."??* " Chura " of " Churaumi " means " beautiful " or " graceful " in the Okinawan dialect.?" Umi " means " ocean ".