Before the construction of the Osaka train station (in 1874), the area of today’s Umeda district was, like the name says, an agricultural area - Umeda 「梅田」 means “ume field” (ume is the Japanese plum).
But the name is not appropriate anymore: today, most of Osaka’s skyscrapers (approx. 40) are located here, Umeda being the most important business and commercial district of Osaka.
Since I was accommodated right next to the Osaka Station, I enjoyed quite a few evening strolls through Umeda and you know how much I like taking night photos. Here I was on Sonezaki-dori, in the western part of Umeda, the round, brightly illuminated building is Breezé Breezé, un modern mall and the tall building visible right behind it is the Ritz-Carlton Osaka hotel.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: