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70122-0015 - Naniwabashi, Osaka, 1930s

Osaka 1930s
Naniwabashi Bridge

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Publisher Unknown
Medium Postcard
Period Showa
Location Osaka
Image No. 70122-0015
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Naniwabashi bridge in Osaka, Japan. The bridge spans the old Yodogawa river and was completed in 1915 (Taisho 4).

Naniwa Bridge was, and still is, well known for its lampposts and stone statues of lions. It featured impressive stone steps leading to Nakanoshima Island and Nakanoshima Park.

When Osaka started modernizing its urban infrastructure at the end of the 19th century, high on the agenda were the construction of a modern harbor, improvement of the Yodogawa river, introduction of streetcars, widening of Osaka’s narrow streets and modernization of Osaka’s many bridges.

As steel became increasingly available, it was gratefully used by Japan’s newly minted civil engineers to build Japan’s modern bridges. Naniwabashi bridge is especially representative of the kind of bridges built during this period.

It still stands and is one of the oldest Western style bridges in Japan. Although its superstructure was completely replaced early this century, it faithfully follows the original design.1

Map of Nakanoshima, Osaka, 1922
1922 (Taisho 11) Map of Osaka: 1. Osaka Station; 2. Nakanoshima; 3. Naniwabashi bridge; 4. Nakanoshima Park; 5. Tenjinbashi bridge; 6. Osaka Castle; 7. Ogawa river.

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1 Matsumura, Hiroshi (2004). Bridges: Highlights of Osaka’s Urbanscape (pdf). Osaka City Foundation for Urban Technology, OSAKA and Its Technology, No. 45: 16–22.


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Duits, Kjeld (). Osaka 1930s: Naniwabashi Bridge, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on June 25, 2022 (GMT) from

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