The Urban-Culture Research Center receives funding for research and education directly from Osaka City University and also from other external sources..

(1) Historical Formation and Cultural Creativity of East Asian Cities

This research project aims to discuss a process of historical formation and cultural creativity of East Asian cities from the perspective of comparative history on the vertical axis of Chinese urban history and the horizontal axis of Japanese and Korean urban history. Specifically, the project aims to reorganize how urban societies in East Asia centering on China have transformed in globalization and how they have been creating their own cultures, in view of the trend of social groups in urban settings. It also aims to explore potential creativity of cities and to link this to the solution of urban problems as well as the future of Asian cities.
This research project has been adopted by “Strategic Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program for Accelerating Brain Circulation” of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. From 2011 to March 2014, it has worked through joint-research with the Chinese Modern Society Research Center at Shanghai Teachers University, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Center for Korean Studies at Pusan Nation University and Studies in Urban Society at The University of Seoul.

(2) Interdisciplinary Studies on Urban Cultural Power in the Asian Coastal Areas

This research project has defined the integral of politics, society, economy and culture that has taken place from pre-modern to the modern and contemporary era in Asian costal areas (Japan, Republic of Korea, Korean Peninsula, China, Taiwan and their peripheral areas) as “Cultural Power”. This project has studied it interdisciplinary and comprehensively with cities as nodes. The project has elucidated the following: In the “Phase of formation and transformation of urban cultures” (16 to 17th centuries) and the “Phase of maturity of urban cultures” (17 to 19th centuries), the movement of people and goods as well as cultural exchanges were incorporated into cities. As a result, indigenous ethnic cultures and traditional urban cultures were created. The project has also analyzed the deterioration of cultural tradition in the “Phase of urban cultures in globalization” (19th century to present) and studied creation of new urban cultures practically at the same time.
This research project has been funded by Priority Research Projects at Osaka City University from 2008 to March 2012.

(3) To create “Towns to live with Sumigotae, the idea that people find new values where they live by their involvement in communities”  Area management based on the civic cultures in Osaka and Hamburg

This research project aims to theoretically examine possibilities, based on previous research at home and abroad, that cultural activities involving various actors in areas such as administration, local industries, local groups and residents could create a new appeal to live in urban settings and could contribute to the area’s revitalization and development. The project also aims to propose a specific “model of town development” based on the civic culture through comparative analyses of cultural policy measures which have been conducted at the community level in Osaka and Hamburg.
This research project has been funded by the OCU Research Project on Urban Problems from 2009 to March 2012.

(4) The Development of a Textbook of History Design and Historical Materials of Osaka as an Early Modern City

This research project aims to develop a textbook describing the rich history of Osaka as an early modern city with explanation of specific historical materials. Presumed targets for the textbook include students, visitors to the museum (including foreigners) as well as citizens.
This research project has been funded by the OCU Research Project on Urban Problems from 2010 to March 2013.

(5) Foundational Research for Academic and Comprehensive Investigation of Osaka Castle

This research project has compiled the achievements of previous investigational research such as literature survey, review of ground plans, excavation and boring exploration and has analyzed stones that were used for stonewalls, results of boring exploration using the latest scientific methods. Further, by conducting our own surveying and geophysical underground exploration and integrating data using the Geographic Information System (GIS), the project aims to construct a new model of structural research of Osaka Castle and prepare for fundamental requirements so that “Academic and comprehensive investigation of Osaka Castle” can be realized.
This research project has been funded by the OCU Research Project on Urban Problems from 2011 to March 2012.

(6) Archives Project: Arrangement and Research of Mannensha Collection

Mannensha Collection includes materials from Mannensha, one of the leading advertising agencies not only in Osaka but also in Japan, which went bankrupt in 1999. This research project has been conducting an investigational research on videotapes and tapes as well as paper and printed documents which have not yet be arranged. The Osaka Society of Historical Research of Media Culture, which studies the history of pre- mid-war advertising, has been working on an inventory of videotapes and tapes, a digitalization and text entry of radio commercials, and an index of documents, etc. as the main body of this joint-research.
This research project has been funded by the OCU Concentrated Research Project from 2011 to March 2012, the OCU Urban Project from 2011 to March 2012, the OCU Research Projects for Industry Innovation from 2011 to March 2012 and other foundation.