Kitakagaya is developing into a center for the arts

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  • Kenji Kawakami
  • Natsumi Kinugasa
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The Morimura Yasumasa Museum is making art more fun

  • Kitakagaya has been reborn as an art town, and will likely soon begin drawing visitors from around the world. One of the triggers for this transformation was the November 2018 opening of the Morimura@Museum (M@M), dedicated to artist Morimura Yasumasa. Born in Osaka in 1951, Morimura has received high praise at home and abroad for his self-portraits, in which he inserts himself in place of historical celebrities and characters depicted in famous paintings. He filmed his video work Watakushi to watashi ga deau toki in the Kitakagaya area, and created the M@M museum in a renovated furniture warehouse there.
  • The museum has two exhibition spaces and a library containing his books and magazine articles featuring the artist from 2000 and beyond. Other amenities include a salon, a twenty-seat theater, and a gift store selling related items. Morimura has given each floor names, such as “The Corridor of White Darkness” and “The Box Garden that Transcends Time.”
  • Innovative exhibitions are held under the concept that art is something that everyone should enjoy. His second exhibition “Morimeer,” for example, allowed guests to freely enter and photograph the set he used to reproduce Johannes Vermeer’s room, allowing them to experience the worldview of this work.

  • More such experimental challenges will take place in the future.


  • Address:5-5-36-2F Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka-shi
    Hours:12:00〜18:00(Fri.-Sun.)only for special exhibition
    Access:Six-minutes walk from Kitakagaya Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line

The site of a former shipyard becomes an art center supporting the city

  • An entertainment facility providing space for artist exhibitions and music events has been created on the expansive former site of the Namura Shipyard, originally built in 1911. Monthly tours allow visitors to experience the unique atmosphere of a former shipyard.

Creative Center Osaka

  • Address:4-1-55 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka-shi
    Access:Six-minutes walk from Kitakagaya Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line

Bunka Jutaku(old housing complex)reborn as a hub for regional exchange

  • The architectural group “dot architects” and creative unit “graf” have transformed the former Chidori Bunka Jutaku, built about 60 years ago, into a space containing cafes, galleries, and used item shops. Newly renovated sections are scheduled to open in October 2019, bringing new vitality to the project.

Chidori Bunka

  • Address:5-2-28 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka-shi
    Hours:depends on shops
    Access:Six-minutes walk from Kitakagaya Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line