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Osaka’s World Expo bid win overshadowed by casino plans

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One poem in Hyakunin Isshu, a classical anthology of 100 “waka” 31-syllable Japanese poems, each by a different poet, has to do with the shoreline of Osaka.

“Suminoe no/ Kishi ni yoru nami/ Yoru sae ya/ Yume no kayoiji/ Hitome yokuramu” (As to Suminoe’s/ Shore rush the waves/ Why every night/ Upon the path of dreams/ Do I hide from others' eyes?).

Yumeshima (dream island), a man-made island in Osaka, was named after this poem.

The history of Yumeshima is as melancholy and unhappy as this love poem.

Osaka first made an unsuccessful bid to host the Summer Olympics with a plan to build an Olympic village on the artificial island. It then crafted a plan to develop a mammoth business district there, but the ambitious vision........

© The Asahi Shimbun