【Osaka】Japanese City for Today!! Vol.1

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Hello everyone, this is Shu.

From today, we are starting a new series which is…..

“Japanese City for Today”

This series of blogs will introduce the Japanese cities for students who have never visited Japan!

 

The first city that we are introducing is “OSAKA”.

 

 

Osaka

Osaka is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries!

 

2690000 people are living in Osaka and this number is 2.5 times bigger than Nova Scotia. 

(About 1000000 people are living in Nova Scotia)

 

The total area of Osaka is 223 km² which is considered as a very small prefecture. The total area of Nova Scotia is 53,338 km² so you can tell Osaka is a very crowded city!

 

During the summer,  the average daily high temperature reaches 33.5 °C and during the winter, the average daily high temperature reaches around 5~10 °C. 

Monthly rainfall peaks in June with the “tsuyu” rainy season, which typically ends in mid to late July. 

 

 

History 

Osaka was formerly known as “Naniwa”. Before the Nara period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor, Naniwa was once Japan’s capital city, the first one ever known.

Osaka Castle

In the 16th century, “Toyotomi Hideyoshi” chose Osaka as the location for his castle, and the city may have become Japan’s political capital if Tokugawa Ieyasu had not terminated the Toyotomi lineage after Hideyoshi’s death and moved his government to distant Edo (Tokyo).

Even though the government moved to Edo, Osaka continued to be the center of commerce in the Edo period and was called the “Tenka no Daidokoro” (Kitchen of the land).

 

 

Tourist Spots 

  • Dotonbori 

Dotonbori is one of the most famous places for not only locals but also for tourists in Osaka.

It is a shopping street which is connecting Shinsaibashi to Dotonbori is lined with restaurants and apparel stores. This street is crowded with people every day and has everything you need to see in Osaka!

 

  • Universal Studios Japan (USJ, also called “Yuniba”)

Universal Studios Japan is a theme park with a collection of facilities and rides based on famous Hollywood movies such as Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Spider-Man. 

In recent years, it has expanded to include some of the most popular Japanese entertainment as well. Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Neon Genesis Evangelion and even Godzilla have been part of their special line up so far.

You can spend the whole day in Universal Studios Japan during your trip!

 

  • Osaka Castle 

Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s Three Most Famous Castles.

Erected in 1583 by Hideyoshi Toyotomiwhich is the guy I mentioned above, the ruler who unified Japan.

it was then destroyed by a fire and was repeatedly repaired in 1931. 

It is illuminated at night, a park is located in the area around the castle and is where about 3,000 cherry blossom trees go in bloom in the spring!

 

  • Tsutenkaku and Shinsekai 

Tsutenkaku is considered the symbol of Osaka, is a 103-meter tall observation tower which offers a full view of Osaka!

The area around Tsutenkaku is called Shinsekai and it is lined with souvenir shops and restaurants. Many local foods are in this street and you will enjoy them for sure!

 

 

Home City 

Osaka is my home city.

I grew up in Osaka, with the people in Osaka.

Osaka is such a nice city, local people are very kind and they like to talk to the people!

You will like my city Osaka!

 

 

 


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SHU wrote this blog/

Student at Saint Mary's University.

Majaoring International Development Studies.

Vicepresident of Japanese Canadian Society.

Went to Canada, Ontario for 1year during the high school and  studied English.

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