Osaka's representative multi-purpose arena
Architectural beauty in harmony with nature
Osaka-jo Hall hosts concerts by big-name musicians and other artists, sports competitions, exhibitions and various other events every day. It is a multi-purpose arena built in 1983 as the main venue for events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the construction of Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi who grew from peasant to feudal warlord to unify Japan during the period of warring states (1493 to 1590). It has been converted into Osaka-jo Park, a place of greenery and relaxation for local citizens.
Located at the center of Osaka-jo Park, Osaka-jo Hall is designed so as not to ruin its peripheral landscape surrounded by nature. For example, the arena section is in the basement so that the hall is 25 meters lower than the stone walls of Osaka Castle. Some 22,000 granite rocks, adopted for the stone walls, are used in the surrounding area of the hall. A look from Osaka Castle at the oval roof of the hall, surrounded by greenery and moats, should evoke a sense of “Architectural beauty in harmony with nature.”
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