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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Godzilla and Osaka-jo Hall

Above, Osaka Twin 21 towers in Osaka Business Park and Osaka-jo Hall (lower right). Photo by Armand Vaquer.

In Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), a rock concert was taking place in Osaka, Japan at Osaka-jo Hall when attendees were told to evacuate as Godzilla was approaching.

Above, Godzilla vs. Biollante Japanese poster.

According to Wikipedia:
Osaka-jō Hall (大阪城ホール Ōsaka-jō Hōru?) is a multi-purpose arena located in the Kyōbashi area of Osaka, Japan. The hall opened in 1983 and can seat up to 16,000 people. Built on a site area of 36,351 square meters, part of its form uses stone walls, modeled after those of the Castle and it won the Osaka Urban Scenery Architects Prize Special Award in 1984. 
The hall may be reached on a short walk from either Osaka Business Park Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line or Osakajō-kōen Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line. The hall is located in Osaka-jō Park, near Osaka Castle and is across a river from two other smaller concert halls. 
It is used for some sports, such as judo championships and is popular for concerts, with many native and international pop and rock music artists.
I noticed Osaka-jo Hall while visiting Osaka Castle in 2004 and 2015, but forgot all about it until I was watching Godzilla vs. Biollante tonight and saw it in the movie.

Godzilla didn't demolish Osaka-jo Hall, but proceeded on to the Osaka Twin 21 business towers in Osaka Business Park. Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) was also spared destruction in Godzilla vs. Biollante. It did get demolished by Godzilla and Anguirus in Godzilla Raids Again (1955) (a.k.a. Gigantis The Fire Monster).

Above, Osaka Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Osaka Castle and Twin 21 are featured on page 42 of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.

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