25 May, 2009

Osaka – A Nations Kitchen and More


Located on the Yodo River of Osaka Bay, Osaka is a Japanese city. It has been known as the historical commercial capital of Japan almost since its inception.

It is known as the “Nations Kitchen” and is consider being a meca for gourmet food connoisseurs. Osaka has several places of interest listed in many travel guides. These include amusement parks like Universal Studios Japan, Tennoji Zoo, Tempozan Harbor Village Ferris Wheel and the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan which houses the world’s second biggest aquarium in the world. It also has several national parts and many shrines, temples and historical sites that are popular with people who travel to the city. It is interesting to note that the day time and night time population of the city changes by as many as 1.5 million people.

Osaka is well known for its many shopping areas. There are six main shopping districts in the town. These include Den Den Town which specializes in electronics, Umeda districts which offers several large malls, American Village, full of clothing for the young people of the city, Dotonbori, the heart of the city, Namba, which is the main shopping, restaurant and sightseeing area, and Shinsaibashi which carries luxury goods.

This city also has a large cultural center for the performing arts. In this area different theater productions are housed. These include Bunraku, or Puppet Theater, kabuki and manzai. Nearby concert halls show Japanese dramas. Comedy clubs, music halls and more are also located in the city. It is also famous for several festivals, most notably the Tenjin-matsuir festival. Several art galleries and museum’s are also available. It also has several professional sports teams including several baseball clubs and soccer teams. The city hosts an annual Sumo tournament. Long considered an integral part of Japan, Osaka is a popular tourist destination.


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