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Osaka, Japan, 2006


Osaka at night

Crab restaurant sign 1

Crab restaurant sign 2

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Osaka at Night
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Osaka Crab Dinner 1
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Osaka Crab Dinner 2
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Osaka Crab dinner
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Osaka train station

With a population of 2.5 million, Osaka is Japan's third largest and second most important city. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries.

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.

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

Japan Guide.com
Fodor Online
Osaka Crab Restaurants

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