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Sunday, October 25, 2015

4th Division Headquarters Near Osaka Castle To Be Renovated

Above, the former 4th Division H.Q. from the observation level of Osaka Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When watching the battle between Godzilla and Anguirus in Godzilla Raids Again (1955) (or the bastardized version released by Warner Bros., Gigantis The Fire Monster), one may wonder what the building shown near Osaka Castle was.

Above, the building in the background in Godzilla Raids Again.

It was the former headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army 4th Division.

Above, a ground-level view of the 4th Div. H.Q. building. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The building has been sitting vacant since 2001, but will be reopened as part of a planned Osaka Castle theme park.

According to the Asahi Shimbun:
The building erected in 1931 near the main castle building that served as the Imperial Japanese Army's 4th Division headquarters until the end of World War II will be renovated to house cafes and restaurants. The building had been used as a city museum from 1960, but was left unused since it closed in 2001. 

Above, another view from Osaka Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The accompanying photographs were taken during my recent visit to Osaka Castle.

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