Osaka umeda

Umeda (梅田) is a commercial district in Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan, best known as the city's main northern railway terminus (Osaka Station, Umeda Station). Umeda is the large traffic hub, as well as an office and hotel district. It is especially a street lined with large buildings at West-Umeda, Dojima and Nakanoshima, with over 40 skyscrapers in the district. Umeda is also known for shopping: three of the city's largest department stores (Hanshin, Hankyu, and Daimaru) are located there, as well as several shopping malls, such as Diamor Osaka, HEP Five, HEP Navio, and Whity Osaka.

The district's name means "ume field". It was originally written as "buried field" (埋田), because the area had been agricultural and was filled in to accommodate the new train station in the 1870s. There are several theories as to why the kanji changed, although most people seem to believe that the old characters merely carried a negative connotation.

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