Recommendation by Lemi
Built in the Meiji Period by one of Japan's wealthiest families, the Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library has history and European influence etched into its stone. Four stately columns loom overhead as you climb the stairs to enter. Intricate carvings rest atop the pillars, and step through the door. At its heart, a domed atrium opens up at its pinnacle to a stained glass window. The library is about 100 years old and remains an active hub for classics in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Local publications about Osaka also draw tourists and scholars to its reading rooms.