Osaka City Museum Building

Ex-HQ of the 4th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army

By Takako Sakamoto    - 2 min read

When I visited Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Park the other day I found other things, curious things, in the park near the main tower of Osaka Castle. This Osaka City Museum Building was one of them. It's located in the open space in front of the main tower and stood out, as it was a 'Western' building when everything else seemed 'Japanese' there. Intrigued, I explored the building from outside (it's not open to the public). It turned out this building has a long, unique history; it was first built as the headquarters of the fourth division of the Imperial Army, was bombed heavily during WWII due to its military cennections, yet survived, then was confiscated by GHQ but was returned to Japan in 1948. It was then used as the Osaka Prefectural Police office till 1958, then turned into a city museum. In 2001, when the new Osaka Museum of History opened just outside the Osaka Castle Park it finished its role as a museum and was closed down forever. Like Osaka Castle, this western building also survived turbulent times and still stands strong! For other 'curious things' to explore inside Osaka Castle Park, please see the links below.

Osaka Castle Park Series 1. Osaka City Museum Building 2. Hōkoku Shrine in Osaka Castle Park 3. Small shrines inside Hōkoku Shrine 4. Shusekitei in Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka 5. Beauties at Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka 6. Shudo-kan in Osaka Castle Park 7. Kyoikuto in Osaka Castle Park 8. Pretty Flowers in Osaka Castle Park 9. Animals in Osaka Castle Park

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.