Nakanoshima Nakanoshima
1Art Area B1 2Osaka City Central Public Hall 3Osaka Science Museum 4The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka 5Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka (opening in 2021) 6Osaka University Nakanoshima Center 7Osaka International Convention Center 8Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library 9The National Museum of Art, Osaka 10Tekijuku 11Dojima River Forum 12Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art 13Festival Hall 14ABC Hall 15graf studio
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Facility list

  • 1 Art Area B1
  • 2 Osaka City Central Public Hall
  • 3 Osaka Science Museum
  • 4 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
  • 5 Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka (opening in 2021)
  • 6 Osaka University Nakanoshima Center
  • 7 Osaka International Convention Center
  • 8 Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library
  • 9 The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • 10 Tekijuku
  • 11 Dojima River Forum
  • 12 Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art
  • 13 Festival Hall
  • 14 ABC Hall
  • 15 graf studio
Art Area B1

Art Area B1

Nakanoshima’s underground cultural hub

This community space is located underground at Naniwabashi Station, the gateway to the area on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line. It launched in 2008 to coincide with the opening of the railway line, since then establishing a reputation as a place for locals to interact with specialists from a range of fields, including art, science, and social design. The result of an unusual partnership between a private corporation, university, and nonprofit organization, it hosts a vibrant program of exhibitions, performances, and talks harnessing the facility’s long space that recalls a station platform. (Exterior photograph by Takuya Matsumi)
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Osaka City Central Public Hall

Osaka City Central Public Hall

A landmark of early twentieth-century Japanese modernity

Completed in 1918, this public hall was built with funds donated by the legendary stockbroker Einosuke Iwamoto. Its magnificent Neo-Renaissance exterior is regarded as a symbol of Nakanoshima’s modernization. Over the 100-plus years of its existence, the hall has hosted a wide range of cultural events, from opera to concerts and activities by locals. It also has a strong association with contemporary art, having served in the past as the venue for projects by various artists. (Image courtesy of Osaka City Central Public Hall)
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Osaka Science Museum

Osaka Science Museum

Get closer to the mysteries of the universe and energy

Suitable for visitors young and old, this museum is a fun and interactive place to learn about science. In addition to exhibits of experimental devices and materials, instructors give demonstrations of experiments daily. Its predecessor, the Osaka City Electricity Science Museum, was famously the first planetarium in East Asia and even today the planetarium facility with live commentary from specialists remains a popular attraction. As of October 2018, only the planetarium is currently open to the public, with the exhibitions closed ahead of a full closure in December. The museum will then undergo renovations and reopen in April 2019, when it marks its thirtieth anniversary.
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The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

A place of healing through art and ceramics

This art museum, which boasts one of the largest and best collections of Oriental ceramics in the world, opened in 1982. Housing an impressive range of ceramic art drawn particularly from Asia, such as the Ataka Collection of mainly Chinese and Korean ceramics as well as the Rhee Byung-Chang Collection of Korean ceramics, the museum includes two examples of works designated as National Treasures and thirteen Important Cultural Properties.
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大阪中之島美術館

Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
(opening in 2021)

Opening 2021, a new museum introducing Osaka and world art and design

This new art museum plans to open in 2021. It boasts a collection of approximately 5,600 works of Osaka as well as international modern and contemporary art and design. In addition to examples of work by artists with connections to Osaka, not least Yuzo Saeki, Gutai, and that group’s founder Jiro Yoshihara, the museum will also feature a special exhibition gallery called the Gutai Pinacotheca Room. The five-story museum will be designed by Endo Architect and Associates. (Exterior image courtesy of Osaka City)
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Osaka University Nakanoshima Center

Osaka University Nakanoshima Center

A hub for co-created and concerted knowledge that connects the academy with society

This center opened in Nakanoshima, the birthplace of Osaka University, in 2004 as a way to contribute to the community through the exchange and transmission of information about education, research, and society. In order to realize the Osaka University Nakanoshima Agora Plan, it aspires to be a bilateral hub for co-created and concerted knowledge, building an academic, cultural, and art network between local facilities and corporations, discovering and sharing challenges through the partnership of the university with the community, and producing new knowledge and innovation.
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Osaka International Convention Center

Osaka International Convention Center

Comprehensive venue for global exchange of people, things, and information

This meeting, incentive, conference, and exhibition (MICE) venue can accommodate a wide range of events, from international conventions to seminars, exhibitions, and concerts. Nicknamed Grand Cube Osaka after its appearance, it was designed by the world-famous architect Kisho Kurokawa. The ground-floor plaza-atrium space also hosts the annual Nakanoshima Natsumatsuri (Nakanoshima Summer Festival), which is a popular event with local residents.
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Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library

Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library

文化とビジネスを支える知の貯蔵庫

This library opened in 1904, built with donations from Sumitomo Kichizaemon the 15th. As a library continuing to support the business world and mainly housing a collection of materials related to Osaka as well as old books, it is a foundation for culture and business in Nakanoshima and Osaka. It also holds lectures and exhibitions of materials as ways to create and disseminate culture by harnessing its collection of resources. In 1974, the main building and its two wings became nationally designated Important Cultural Properties. The library also houses a cafe and shop. (Exterior photograph by Junpei Iwamoto)
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The National Museum of Art, Osaka

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

THE place to view contemporary art in Osaka!

Originally opening inside the Expo ’70 Commemoration Park in Suita City in 1977, this museum relocated to the west of Nakanoshima in 2004. While the national museums of art in Japan each have their own distinctive features, the Osaka museum focuses on introducing artists and art museums from Japan and abroad based on its mission of collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. Its striking architecture resembling bird feathers is the work of the American architect César Pelli.
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Tekijuku

Tekijuku

The starting point for the knowledge of a new age

Tekijuku was an academy established in 1838 by Ogata Koan, a Western medicine researcher who studied vaccination, particularly for the prevention of smallpox. The medical school produced many of eminent figures who would contribute to the modernization of Japan and is the predecessor of Osaka University. This place of learning where the likes of Fukuzawa Yukichi hungrily devoured the knowledge of the new age is now a nationally designated Important Cultural Property, and is open to the public as an exhibition venue. (Image courtesy of Osaka University Tekijuku Memorial Center)
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Dojima River Forum

Dojima River Forum

Bringing creative spark to the riverfront

This commercial complex facing the northern side of Nakanoshima contains everything from a multi-purpose hall to a cafe, gallery, and apartments. A hub for information, culture, and creativity, it hosts many concerts and its own events. It also serves as the venue for the Dojima River Biennale, which started in 2009 and has attracted attention from the art world as an international exhibition exploring contemporary themes.
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Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art

Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art

Bringing the aura of Japanese antiques to Nakanoshima

This museum opened in March 2018 as the second venue of the Kosetsu Museum of Art in Kobe, which houses the collection of Ryohei Murayama, the founder of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. With its tranquil atmosphere that belies its location in a business district, realizing the feel of a mountain retreat in the heart of the city, visitors can enjoy exhibits of swords, Buddhist art, calligraphy, medieval and modern painting, and tea ceremony utensils. The permanently exhibited Gennan Tea House is a majestically serene recreation of a site from the former Murayama residence, including its surroundings.
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Festival Hall

Festival Hall

Supporting music culture in Kansai

This hall opened in 1958 to serve as a venue for international music festivals that could rival the likes of those held in Edinburgh in the UK and Salzburg in Austria. The current hall is the second, opened in 2013 after renovations to the original building, and can seat 2,700. It hosts a wide range of events, from classical music to ballet and opera as well as musicals, theater, pop music, and traditional Japanese performing arts, attracting a large and ardent following from many artists and audiences. (Image courtesy of Festival Hall)
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ABC Hall

ABC Hall

Launching the careers of young comedians and theater artists

This small-scale theater venue owned by Asahi Television Broadcasting Corporation can seat around 300. It reopened at its current location in 2008. Serving as a popular hub for Kansai subcultures by hosting TV recordings of comedy shows as well as fringe theater productions, it has established a strong reputation in the region as a gateway to success for aspiring young artists and creative talent.
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graf studio

Coming together, creating together

This studio space is the base for the eponymous creative team that aspires to enrich people’s lives through making things. Functioning not only as an office, it is also an event space, cafe, and shop selling furniture and other items, striving always to fulfill its mission of bringing together people from different fields. The head of graf studio, Shigeki Hattori, likes to compare the team to Edogawa Ranpo’s Boy Detectives Club.
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