Address3-3-4 Kitakyuhojicyo Chuo-ku, Osaka City
Architecture age1924
Building type Commercial buildings
ConstructionFour-story, one basement building with a reinforced concrete structure
Outline explanationIn 1825 (Bunsei 8) of the Edo Period, Sasuke Kawachiya founded the predecessor organization of Miki Gakki Co. as a book rental business in Senba, Osaka during a time when the local and community culture was flourishing. In that era, it was common for two-story wooden houses to be constructed side by side in mass quantities; a prevalent building typology that could also be found along Shinsaibashi Street. Miki Gakki was built in a Western-style among this traditional Japanese townscape. Upon completion, the townspeople were astonished at the splendor of the building. The Great Kanto Earthquake had occurred in 1923 (Taisho 12), which was only a year prior to its construction. Great care was taken to improve earthquake resistance by using the best techniques available to build a strong foundation, columns, and walls. Architectural characteristics of the era include the utilization of tile to emphasize vertical elements. Examples of this can be found on the façade of this structure. The building was designed by Kiyoshi Masuda and built by Konoike Construction Co., Ltd. During the Osaka Air Raids, this building protected the lives of many people who sought shelter inside. The facade was renovated in 1989 (Heisei 1). Miki Gakki was registered as a registered cultural property in September 1997 (Heisei 9).
Cultural property type Registered Tangible Cultural Properties
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