Go north again along Mido-suji from Osaka Club, and there is Yodoyabashi (Yodoya Bridge) spanning the Tosabori River. Legend has it that this bridge was built by a grand merchant Yodoya in front of his mansion. There is a monument to mark the mansion on the west side of the southern foot of the bridge. The current bridge was built in 1935, with the general public invited for the design. Cars and people come and go incessantly on this dignified and interesting bridge. Yodoyabashi, Kitahama, Semba, are still dotted with memorable architecture of the "Big Osaka" era. They stand proudly in the busy business streets as if time stands still there. What are the thoughts our forerunners put in the fine buildings? Was it love for the town? Pride? They may be cheering us on, "Hang in there!"The Rice Exchange was established in Kitahama, located to the southeast of Naniwabashi, for trading rice coming from the hans (fiefdoms) all over Japan to their warehouses in Nakanoshima in Edo era. It developed from there to the Securities Exchange in 1878. Osaka Stock Exchange Co., Ltd. was changed to Osaka Securities Exchange. Securities companies and banks concentrate there, and it remains the center of the Osaka economy. The grand white cylindrical exchange office completed in 1935 was reborn as a high rise building, 24 stories above ground and 2 stories underground in 2002, but the front wall of the former exchange building is preserved. It conveys the atmosphere of the time as the face of Kitahama. Also the statue of Tomoatsu Godai, foster father of the Osaka economy stands in front of the building.