Retro Japan in photos: The air intake is a lifeline for the inhabitants of Osaka’s underground mall




Retro Japan in photos: The air intake is a lifeline for the inhabitants of Osaka’s underground mall – The Mainichi



























































































































































































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The organic design of the air intake towers for the Whity Umeda underground mall maintains both functionality and formative beauty, as seen in the Kita district of Osaka on June 28, 2020. (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura )






  • The organic design of the air intake towers for the Whity Umeda underground mall maintains both functionality and formative beauty, as seen in the Kita district of Osaka on June 28, 2020. (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura )




  • Air intake towers for the Whity Umeda underground mall are seen at the north end of Midosuji Avenue in the Kita district of Osaka on June 9, 2020. (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura)




  • The air intake towers of the Whity Umeda underground shopping district are seen from below in this photo taken with permission in the Kita district of Osaka on June 29, 2020. (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura)




  • The air intake towers of the sprawling Whity Umeda underground shopping district are surrounded by wide roads in Osaka's Kita district in this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter on June 20, 2020. (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura)




  • The air intake towers of the Whity Umeda underground mall in Osaka's Kita district, designed by architect Togo Fujino, take on bold curves, as seen in this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter on June 20, 2020 (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura)




  • Stainless steel plates and handmade curves create unique shading on the air intake towers of the Umeda underground mall, as seen in the Kita district of Osaka on June 28, 2020. ( Mainichi/Takao Kitamura)




  • Stainless steel plates are attached like a patchwork to the air intake towers of the Whity Umeda underground shopping complex in the Kita district of Osaka on June 29, 2020. This photo was taken with permission.  (Mainichi/Yakao Kitamura)




  • The air intake towers of the Whity Umeda underground shopping district in Osaka's Kita district are seen in the center of this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter June 20, 2020. They are located at the northern end of the Midosuji Avenue.  JR Osaka Station can be seen in the upper left corner of the photo.  (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura)




  • The air intake towers of the Whity Umeda underground mall are seen in the evening sunlight in the Kita district of Osaka on June 28, 2020. In the background is the Umeda main store of the Hanshin department store.  (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura)




















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