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KANSAI

“Architect Togo Murano and The City of Amagasaki”

Amagasaki Cultural Center

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

These days, Togo Murano (1891-1984) may not be a household name, however for architecture fans, he is renowned for his modernist designs of several prestigious buildings, including the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace in Hiroshima.

Held in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, this exhibition reassesses Murano’s relationship with the city, highlighting two of his high-profile buildings — Amagasaki’s government office and Osho community center. The buildings respectively commemorate their 50th and 75th anniversaries, and the show presents 150 architectural artifacts, including blueprints and models; till June 3.

Amagasaki Cultural Center; (06) 6487-0806; 2-7-16, Showa-dori, Amagasaki, Hyogo; Hanshin-Amagasaki Station, Hanshin Main Line. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission. Closed Tue. www.archaic.or.jp/event/gallery/exhibition.html.