Osaka

Osaka
大阪
Designated city
大阪市 · Osaka City
Osaka Castle
Miotsukushi
Flag
Location of Osaka in Osaka Prefecture
Location of Osaka in Osaka Prefecture
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureOsaka
Government
 • MayorHirofumi Yoshimura
 • Prefectural governorIchiro Matsui in office since November 27, 2011
Area
 • Total223.00 km2 (86.10 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2012)
 • Total2,871,680
 • Density13,000/km2 (33,000/sq mi)
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- TreeSakura
- FlowerPansy
Phone number06-6208-8181
Address1-3-20 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu
530-8201
Websitewww.city.osaka.lg.jp/contents/wdu020/english

Osaka (大阪) is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture[1] which faces Osaka Bay and the Seto Inland Sea.[2]

Osaka is in the Kansai region. It is the economic and cultural center of the Kansai region.

Since 1980 it had been the second largest city in Japan.

It is a city designated by government ordinance in Japan.[3]

Osaka is surrounded by Hyōgo Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture.

History

Sometimes it is called by its historical name Naniwa.

Because it is by the sea, it is good for transportation. That is why an ancient emperor made Osaka the capital city. In the early part of the 8th century Naniwa was one of capitals of Japan. In the middle of the 16th century Toyotomi Hideyoshi founded Osaka castle and governed Japan in Osaka. The basis of development of Osaka was prepared in those times. Osaka castle was destroyed once by Tokugawa Ieyasu but Ieyasu choose Osaka as one of the political centers in the Western Japan. He made Osaka a direct dominion of the shogun. During the Edo period Osaka was a center of commerce, finance, pharmacy and other products. It was a center for literature and theater. Kabuki in Osaka is as famous as Kabuki in Edo and Kyoto. It is also known for bunraku (a traditional puppet theater) and manzai (a kind of stand-up comedy).

Traditional Osaka food dishes include okonomiyaki (pan-fried batter cake) and takoyaki (octopus dumplings).

In this region, many people speak a dialect called Osaka-Ben (e.g. "ookini"="thank you").

After the Meiji restoration Osaka was modernized and industrialized. It was a center of Japanese industry. After the World War II its economical 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.

Other Languages
адыгабзэ: Осака
Afrikaans: Osaka
አማርኛ: ኦሳካ
العربية: أوساكا
asturianu: Osaka
bamanankan: Osaka
বাংলা: ওসাকা
Bân-lâm-gú: Tāi-pán-chhī
башҡортса: Осака
беларуская: Осака
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Осака
български: Осака
Boarisch: Osaka
bosanski: Osaka
brezhoneg: Osaka
буряад: Осака
català: Osaka
čeština: Ósaka
Chamoru: Osaka
Chi-Chewa: Osaka
chiTumbuka: Osaka
Cymraeg: Osaka
dansk: Osaka
davvisámegiella: Osaka
Deutsch: Osaka
eesti: Ōsaka
Ελληνικά: Οσάκα
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Uśàka
English: Osaka
эрзянь: Осака
español: Osaka
Esperanto: Osako
euskara: Osaka
eʋegbe: Osaka
فارسی: اوساکا
føroyskt: Osaka
français: Osaka
Frysk: Osaka
Gaeilge: Ósaca
Gàidhlig: Osaka
galego: Osaca
Gĩkũyũ: Osaka
𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌹𐍃𐌺: 𐌰𐌿𐍃𐌰𐌺𐌰
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Thai-fán-sṳ
한국어: 오사카시
Hausa: Osaka
Հայերեն: Օսակա
हिन्दी: ओसाका
hrvatski: Osaka
Ido: Osaka
Ilokano: Osaka
Bahasa Indonesia: Osaka
Interlingue: Osaka
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᐆᓴᑲ
Iñupiak: Osaka
Ирон: Осакæ
íslenska: Osaka
italiano: Osaka
עברית: אוסקה
Basa Jawa: Osaka
kalaallisut: Osaka
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಒಸಾಕಾ
ქართული: ოსაკა
қазақша: Осака (қала)
Kiswahili: Osaka
kurdî: Osaka
Кыргызча: Осака
Latina: Osaka
latviešu: Osaka
Lëtzebuergesch: Osaka
lietuvių: Osaka
Luganda: Osaka
magyar: Oszaka
македонски: Осака
മലയാളം: ഒസാക്ക
Māori: Osaka
मराठी: ओसाका
مصرى: اوساكا
مازِرونی: اوساکا
Bahasa Melayu: Osaka
монгол: Осака
မြန်မာဘာသာ: အိုဆာကာမြို့
Nāhuatl: Osaka
Nederlands: Osaka (stad)
Nēhiyawēwin / ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ: ᐅᓴᑲ
日本語: 大阪市
нохчийн: Осака
norsk: Osaka
norsk nynorsk: Osaka
Novial: Osaka
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Osaka
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਓਸਾਕਾ
پنجابی: اوساکا
پښتو: اوساکا
Piemontèis: Osaka
polski: Osaka
Ποντιακά: Οσάκα
português: Osaka (cidade)
Qaraqalpaqsha: Osaka
română: Osaka
Runa Simi: Ōsaka
русский: Осака
саха тыла: Осака
Scots: Osaka
Setswana: Osaka
sicilianu: Osaka
සිංහල: ඕසකා
slovenčina: Osaka (mesto)
slovenščina: Osaka
ślůnski: Osaka
српски / srpski: Осака
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Osaka
Basa Sunda: Osaka
suomi: Osaka
svenska: Osaka
தமிழ்: ஒசாக்கா
Taqbaylit: Osaka
татарча/tatarça: Osaka
тоҷикӣ: Осака
ᏣᎳᎩ: ᎣᏌᎧ
Tsetsêhestâhese: Osaka
Türkçe: Osaka
Twi: Osaka
удмурт: Осака
українська: Осака
اردو: اوساکا
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ئوساكا
vepsän kel’: Osak
Tiếng Việt: Ōsaka (thành phố)
Volapük: Osaka
文言: 大阪市
Winaray: Osaka
Wolof: Osaka
吴语: 大阪市
粵語: 大阪
中文: 大阪市
डोटेली: ओसाका