Osaka: The Architecture of a Vibrant Metropolis
Journeys in Japan
13m 59s

Broadcast on April 22, 2021
Available until May 13, 2022

Osaka, the biggest city of western Japan, is a treasure trove of distinctive buildings, starting with Osaka Castle, the fortress built by the mighty 16th century general, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Highly stylized buildings also survive from the era of Dai-Osaka – Great Osaka – at the dawn of the 20th century, when Osaka was Japan’s most populous city. Then, in 1970, the city hosted Asia’s first International Exposition, an event still recalled by the astonishing Tower of the Sun. An American architect, James Lambiasi, discovers the history and culture of Osaka through its buildings. (This program was broadcast on January 14, 2021.)

photo Architect James Lambiasi photo "Osaka Castle" The original castle was built toward the end of the 16th century, but was lost in a fire. The castle keep that exists today was rebuilt in the 1930s. photo "The Tower of the Sun" Created by the avant-garde artist Okamoto Taro, this tower was built for the Expo 1970 world's fair, as part of the Theme Pavilion. photo "Tsutenkaku Tower" This 100-meter-high steel tower stands in the heart of the Shinsekai (New World) entertainment district, and is one of Osaka's major landmarks.