Osaka – Beginner

Osaka is one of the largest cities in Japan. It is in the Kansai region. It is the capital of Osaka prefecture and the economic and cultural center of the Kansai region. Sometimes it is called by its historical name Naniwa. Osaka is located on the River Yodo and on the Osaka Bay, and because it is located by the sea it is good for transportation.

After the Meiji restoration Osaka was modernized and industrialized. It was a center of Japanese industry. After the World War II its economic importance was relatively less because Tokyo grew as an international city and many companies moved their headquarters to Tokyo. But Osaka is still a large, important city。

The people of Osaka enjoy their food. Traditional dishes include okonomiyaki (pan-fried batter cake) and takoyaki (octopus dumplings). Many people speak a dialect called Osaka-Ben (e.g. “oukini”=”thank you”).

The most famous theme park in Osaka is Universal Studios Japan. It is known as USJ. There are shows, popular characters and musicals. So, everyone from adults to children can enjoy this theme park.