Osaka is the second largest city in Japan, but its culture is completely different from that of Tokyo. This series picks up on the unique towns that add colors to the city of Osaka. In each episode, the hosts from different parts of Osaka introduce us to their part of town. The show allows us to discover the charms of Osaka.
Osaka's number one gourmet area is, without question, the Namba - Shinsaibashi area. Our guide is Hiroyuki Kobayashi, proprietor of a shellfish specialty shop in the Kizu wholesale market.
Nanko and Mount Tenpo are located in Osaka's bay area. Nanko is constantly crisscrossed by boats, and Mount Tenpo is rich in sightseeing spots. Our guide is Jin Kakino, a "stone picture stamp" creator.
The Shinsekai area, stretching out below Tsutenkaku, a symbol of Osaka, is the setting of many dramas, novels, and comics, truly a town of the Osaka commoner. Our guide is Bjorn Heiberg, a Dane who runs a knife store near Tsutenkaku.
Tenma's name comes from Osaka Tenmangu, affectionately called Tenjinsan by the people of Osaka. It is famous for the Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai shopping arcade, the longest in Japan, and its traditional working class ambiance.
Kita-Shinchi is known as an area of up market night clubs and bars, but recently, casual places for young people are also increasing. A high class bar hostess Ayaka, who has been chosen as the 'Kita-Shinchi' queen for PR of the town, will lead us.
Minami-senba is next to one of the Osaka's largest downtown, Shinsaibashi. It used to be a big textile-whole-sale district, but now it has been changed. We can see a lot of unique, fashionable shops by budding designers.
Sakai City has a long history, with ruins throughout the town dating back to the stone age. The Daisenryo Kofun, the world's largest grave, is particularly famous. The city is also famous around the world for its blades.