Osaka, Japan. Spring 2007.
I decided to re-edit my photos taken in Japan four years ago. Originally they were uploaded either without any post-processing work done, or with minimal work done in picasa. Japan is a truly beautiful country and if you haven't already, I hope you'll find the time to donate.
With a population of 2.5 million, Osaka is Japan's third largest and second most important city. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries.
Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. Before the Nara Period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor, Naniwa was once Japan's capital city, the first one ever known.
In the 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi chose Osaka as the location for his castle, and the city may have become Japan's capital if Tokugawa Ieyasu had not terminated the Toyotomi lineage after Hideyoshi's death and moved his government to distant Edo (Tokyo). Taken from www.japan-guide.com/e/e2157.html