▶ Osaka is the second largest city in Japan. It has a population of about nine million. It became the center of politics and economy in the 16th (sixteenth) century. In the 17th (seventeenth) century, Tokyo became the center of politics, but Osaka remained the center of economy until the 19th (nineteenth) century.
▶ Osaka is known for having a culture of commerce. For example, one of the traditional greetings in Osaka is, “are you making good money?”
▶ It is said that people in Osaka are funny and creative. Many top comedians in Japan come from this area. New business ideas, such as revolving sushi, are often born in Osaka too.