A curious sight from Osaka Umeda Sky Building

by Hideo

Umeda Sky Building

 As you might know, in 2008 in a daily newspaper "Times" of London  the building was selected as one of the top 20 buildings around the world." 

A curious sight from Osaka Umeda Sky Building

What a curious sight

In Osaka you can see a curious sight.  It is that Hanshin Express Highway passes through the building.  Do you believe it ?  Actually you can see the sight from the 40th floor of observatory of Umeda Sky Building.  Actually the highway passes between the 5h and the 7th floor of TKP building.

A curious sight from Osaka Umeda Sky Building

Why did this situation happened?

In 1993 the owner of that land was planning to build a building while the project of the highway construction came up almost at the same time. In the case like this, usually either side gave the place to the other but both sides did not.  Both sides had a talk for 5 years and finally It was settled that the building was built and the highway passed in the middle of the building.

Building cleaning

Umeda Sky Building is 173 meters tall built in 1993.  I happened to see the building cleaning.  I have acrophobia, so I pay respect for workers.

A curious sight from Osaka Umeda Sky Building

Other beautiful sights

From Umeda Sky Building you can see other beautiful sights such as the main tower of Osaka Castle. Yodo river, Grand Front Osaka (4 buildings) and the like.

A curious sight from Osaka Umeda Sky BuildingA curious sight from Osaka Umeda Sky BuildingA curious sight from Osaka Umeda Sky Building
Please check  Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Station City, and Grand Front Osaka.

Thank you.

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20 Nov 2015


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Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !! read more


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