We walked across the Yodo river in Osaka to the Osaka Mint Museum.
Located on the grounds of the working mint, the museum is housed in a separate western style building which was converted to use as a museum in 1969. Due to the fortunes of fate, a couple of wrong turns, and kismet, we missed the English speaking tour of the museum but elected to take the self guided version.
The entrance to the old mint is impressive in itself with iron railings and gate which were originally purchased for a zoo intended for the grounds of Osaka Castle. When the planning for the zoo fell through, they were donated to the mint.
Our traveling companion speaks Japanese well and reads a bit as well so we did pick up some of the descriptions but you don’t really have to understand the notations or be a numismatist to appreciate the progression of design,
or the art work.
And of course, the modern day specialty coins.
Yep, that’s Han Solo frozen in carbonite!
All in all a fascinating look into some of Japan’s history.
Till next time ~Peace ~JPP