Osaka began its flourishing as an economic and political centre for Japan in the 5th century. The harbour port of Osaka became a gateway for the travellers of neighbouring countries. These visitors brought with them, knowledge and artefacts from advanced cultures and new technologies. They also brought with them a new religion, Buddhism, which is now practised throughout the country.
Despite the fact that Osaka was rebuilt from the ashes of a thriving Civil War, it quickly sprang up to become a major economic hub. Essential staple foods of the east were sent to Osaka to be transported to other major cities within the country, and finally to international destinations as well.
Today, because of economic affluence, Osaka has created its own culture and style. Home to popular performing arts, theatres, and glittering districts – Osaka is a radiating star in the league.
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