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Old Building Constructed with Stock Broker's Donation

I had to go to the Osaka Central Public Hall the other day to take care of some business. I took this picture on the way back home. The public hall is situated on a small island in the Ohi-gawa river which connects with the Yodo-gawa river.

The building shows a retrospective appearance called "Neo-Renaissance style". It was built in 1918 by the donation from Einosuke Iwamoto, a broker in the Osaka stock market. He made a bonanza in the market and wanted to use the money for something useful for the public, as Andrew Carnegie constructed a music hall in New York city. Einosuke's donation to the city of Osaka was 1million yen at that time. In the current value, it is equivalent to billions of yen. But unfortunately, he died before the completion of the building.

During the day time, the building looks good and visitors take pictures as the background of their photos as usual. In the night, the wholly spotlighted building looks very interesting and makes me think of this stock broker and his days. 



昔、 岩本栄之助という株の仲買人が大儲けをして、その儲けをアメリカの実業家のように社会のために役立つことに使いたいと考えました。それがこの中央公会堂で す。寄付は当時のお金で100万円だったということですが、現在の貨幣価値に換算すると数十億円になるのではないかということです。残念ながら栄之助は公 会堂の完成を待たずに世を去ってしまいました。昼間はその美しい外観が観光で訪れるた人々の目を引きますが、こうしてライトアップされた夜の公会堂もなか なか趣があっていい感じです。

by tabi-no-suke | 2017-01-23 00:31 | Building