I was born in Osaka, Japan, but fourteen years have past since I left there. In the other regions in Japan, it is noticed that the sight of Osaka introduced on TV is always crowded downtown regions. It is of course one of the cultures of Osaka, but such prejudice is not admissible for people who are from Osaka.
Osaka has been traditionally known as the City of Sophistication. The constructions symbolizing the sophistication of Osaka, which are in Nakanoshima (which means "Central Island") region at the heart of Osaka (map by Mapion), are presented in the following photographs. I would be happy if you enjoy them.
Osaka City Hall in front of the Bank of Japan. Although the city hall was also a historical building, it was replaced with the current modern building in 1985.
When I was a child, there was a movement of preserving the old building of the city hall when the reconstruction was proposed. Four cadidates of the reconstruction plans were anounced on the newsletter from the city office, and one of the plans is preserving the dome on the top of the old building only and putting it on the new building.
Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library, constructed in 1904.
There was a children's room in the library when I was a child, and I often went there. I remember a book "The world 200 years later," which I read there. It was about the world after the completion of communism. It might be a traslation of a book from the Soviet Union.
The Hall was constructed by the contribution of Mr. Einosuke Iwamoto, a "lengendary magician" in the stock market, but after his contribution, he failed in his business and lost all his wealth, and killed himself before the completion of the construction. This story is taught at the elementary schools in Osaka City as the history of the hometown.
The view of the buildings from the east. The Musium of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka is found over the construction site. As shown in the right photo, the Musium is constructed in a harmony of the historical buildings, and it has an equippment to see ceramic arts under the natural light.