Osaka is called the Nation's Kitchen (tenka no daidokoro) not just because of the amazing and exhaustive selection of foods (there are endless tasty possibilities) but because Osaka is literally being compared to the kitchen of the house which is Japan.
Osaka's close proximity to Kyoto, the historic capital during the Edo period (1603 ~ 1868), made it the perfect business centre of Japan. This is one of the explanations of how Osaka was able to rapidly develop compared to other cities in Japan. Known as the west entrance of Japan, many merchants and traders would go through and visit Osaka everyday. Realizing the importance/value of Osaka many of the feudal lords started investing. Since rice was the method of payment back then, Osaka became one of the cities storing the largest amount of rice. Kitchens are known to be the part of the house where most of the food is stored and thus Osaka was referred to as the "Nation's Kitchen".
Getting sick plus being busy with Uni work made it hard to travel and see some of the sights on my bucket list, so getting the chance to travel was a welcomed adventure. Getting to experience the big city of Osaka was an exciting change. As soon as you leave Shinsaibashi Station (the closest station to downtown Osaka) the bright lights and tall buildings transform you. The vibe is incredibly energetic and the city is always buzzing! I saw every kind of store imaginable including major western and European brand outlets. When you walk a little more you get to a place known as Namba which is basically the fashion hotspot of the city. The lights and feelings you get from Namba are a little like New York City's Time Square, with the exception being all Japanese signs. After exploring a bit and taking videos, we went to an area called Amerikamura (American Village, like the reverse of China Town) to visit my Japanese friends Persian restaurant. This village is infamous to locals who think it is the most dangerous place in Osaka. If you tell them you went there over the weekend they will literally gasp in shock and worry. It is probably the shadiest part of Osaka, but it is not as dangerous as people make it out to be, or so I have been told by most foreigners here.