Osaka is predominantly divided into wards. Kita, located in the north is primarily the business and commercial area, and Minami, in the south, is principally the shopping and entertainment hub of the city.
Architecturally this is a futuristic city, dynamic in spirit. However, more recently, it has been looking to its past – now restoring beautiful parks and public areas.
Osaka devours life, but in a leisurely way. Its people are often called “kuidaore,” meaning that they become poor because of their extravagance in eating and drinking. Shopping and eating are certainly preferred activities here.