Kyosuke UenoGeography276Assignment #1 Whenpeople ask me where I am from, I always tell them that I am from Osaka in Japansince I was born and grow up in Osaka, Japan.
Osaka prefecture is located in west of the geographic center ofthe Japanese islands, and it is part of the Kansai region which covers a broadarea. Also, Osaka is the second economical largest city, however, the area ofOsaka is the second smallest city in Japan. About 8.
8 million people live in1899 square kilometers, in other words, 7% of population lives in 0.5% of thenation’s entire land area. Therefore, Osaka prefecture is the third mostpopulous prefecture. Osaka prefecture boarders other four prefectures, Nara,Hyogo, Wakayama, and Kyoto prefectures. Of course, the language in Osaka isJapanese, but people in Osaka speak Kansai dialect; therefore, the accent ofsome words is a little bit different from Tokyo. Additionally, Osaka hashumid subtropical climate. Average temperatures vary throughout the year. Duringthe summer, temperatures are excess of 30 degrees Celsius.
Through whole year,we have rain and humidity, and winters are very dry and temperatures barelydrop below zero; therefore, we rarely see snow. There used to be a diversity ofthe animals until the city was industrialized, however, many kinds of animals disappearfrom Osaka after the industrialization. It is known that human inhabited in Osaka since more than a thousand year ago. Osaka was the firstcapital city of Japan in 7th century, and it is modeled after the capital ofChina, so Japanese emperors lived in Osaka during this period.
However, capitalcity had moved to Nara and Kyoto later on. In 17th century, the political powermoved to Tokyo what is called Edo, however, Osaka was still vital role of the nation’seconomy and distribution of goods; therefore, Osaka was called “kitchen of thenation” during Edo era. During Meiji era, there were big social and industrialchanges in Osaka prefecture. Osaka transformed to a commercial center from financebase economy. Therefore, many manufactures are built, and Osaka began to beindustrialized.
These are brief history of Osaka. Also, the prices in Osaka is a little bitlower than Tokyo. The consumer price index in Tokyo is 108.5, on the otherhand, the consumer price index in Osaka is 102.0. Thus, people are able to buysome staff cheaper in Osaka.
The economy scale of Osaka is extremelylarge-scale. The GDP of Osaka in 2004 was $359.8 million, and it is same scalewith Switzerland. Recently, Osaka faces someproblems, and one of them is that the birthrate is decreasing, and the total fertilityin 2013 was 1.
32 while the number of elderly people is increasing. Thus, smallnumber of working age has to support the large number of the elderly people inthe future. Another problem is that The collective culture isone of the reprehensive culture of my country, and the collective culture alsoexists in Asian countries, on the other hand, it is individual culture inUnited States. In collective culture, peopleprefer and put high priority on the collective action in the society, so whensome people act differently, people tend to blame it because they want othersto act as group.
Here is brief example of collective culture. I went to KansaiUniversity in Osaka for one year before deciding to move to America to continue.The decision wasn’t an easy one to make, since quitting university is veryuncommon in my country, especially to study in foreign country. Culturally,everyone in my generation in Japan follows the same basic model: choose afield, work tirelessly in high school to get into best possible domesticuniversity to study it, graduate, and then work in that field indefinitely. WhenI sought to deviate from my country’s social norm, there were conflicts betweenpeople around me such my family and friends and I because quitting universityand study in foreign country is very uncommon. Work Cited “Introduction of Osaka.
” Osaka Introduction — Industry of Osaka, Retrieved January 9 2018, from www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/en/introduction/industry.html “Osaka PrefecturalGovernment.
” OfficialOsaka Site,Retrieved January 11 2018, fromwww.pref.osaka.lg.jp/en/index.