City of All Trades: The Humble City of Osaka, Japan

by ebazaar 19 August 2010 No Comment

Osaka, Japan, is the third most populated city in Japan with a population of 2.6 million people residing in this city.

Banners on Dotonbori Osaka

Osaka is also one of the major hearts of the Kansai region on Japan’s main island, Honshu, besides Kyoto. The city is also divided into 24 wards and has a reputation throughout Japan as an international and progressive business center besides known for its great food, castle, port, underground shopping arcade, shopping centers and Bunraku puppet theater. People in Osaka speaks a different dialect from those in Tokyo, they speak in Osaka-ben and Kansai-ben.

Short History of Osaka city

The history of Osaka stretches back 1500 years ago, where signs of habitation were found in the area. However, it is not until Heian era that Osaka gained its prominence and fame, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the most powerful daimyo (or lord) in the land built one of Japan’s most magnificent castle – the Osaka-jo (Osaka Castle). In order to accumulate resources in building the castle, Toyotomi Hideyoshi acted in persuading merchants everywhere to resettle in Osaka and thus came the development of the city until it become of the most important distribution center during the Edo period. Therefore, historically Osaka is the commercial capital of Japan. That is one reason why the Japanese people have the assumption that Osaka people are good with money affairs and business.

Besides its commercial background, merchants on Osaka back then had also developed a refined taste for food and the city was traditionally referred as the nation’s kitchen. This criteria existed until today when Osaka cuisine was said to have developed distinguishly and sigficantly different from other regions in Japan.

Weather in Osaka, Japan

Weather in Osaka is generally much warmer than the weather in Tokyo, due to it’s location (which is in the southern part of Honshu). That is one reason why Osaka people are relatively darker, much like those who lives in Kyushu and Okinawa. Osaka has humid subtropical climate with very hot and humid summer and mildly cold winter, with some snowfall. Summer in Osaka can see a rise in temperature to about 36°C and winter can go as low as -0.7°C.

Tourist attraction in Osaka, Japan

There are many tourist attraction in Osaka, Japan; for example like the Osaka castle, the oldest state temple in Japan – Shitennoji Temple, Osaka Aquarium, Floating Garden Observatory, National Bunraku Theater, Sega Amusement Theme Park, Spa World, Suntory Museum and also Universal Studio Japan (second opened in the world).

Besides that while in Osaka you can enjoy various kind of food which has different flavors than those found elsewhere. Famous kind of food is like Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki and Udon. Shopping is not a problem either, you’ll find a lot to buy at Namba, shinsaibashi and Dotonbori, where you’ll walk along colorful streetlights, neon lights and all other attraction decor outside shoplots. There is so much to do in Osaka that it’s impossible to get bored.

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