History defines the present, thereby, the future of a place. The foundation of a place is based on its chronologies. The umbilical chord of past can never be unplugged. The past leaves its mark even in deepest marrows of the heart of future. It breathes on in the sub-consciousness of the soul even when the future shines on bright. The contemporary culture and traditions derives its food for subsistence from the narratives of the past.
Human habitation in Osaka is estimated to be more than 10,000 years old. This part of Japan was the seat of politics and culture. The access of Japanese trade and traditions is through the gate-way of Osaka. This part of the country is dubbed as “kitchen” of the nation-state of Japan. This region of Kansai generates maximum amount of revenue and wealth for the entire country. In the 7th century, Osaka was the first capital city of Japan. Throughout the ages, this city continued to flourish without interlude. This part of Japan served as a significant connection between land and sea traffic.
The city of Osaka had to go through the pains inflicted by series of wars in the 14th century. With the establishment of Ishiyama Honganji Temple in the year of 1496, the name Naniwa-no-miya was altered to Osaka. Later, the temple was devastated in the prolonged blood feud with Nobunaga Oda. The construction of Osaka Castle was completed in the year of 1583. The financial and commercial success climbed the ladders of prosperity due to the infrastructural development in period of Edo, especially the year of 1603 to 1867. During this period, the society was divided into four communities. However, most of the population belonged to the merchant class. After this period, reforms and reconstructions altered the face of the entire city. During the days of Tokugawa regime and the late 19th century the financial market of Osaka had to undergo the tremors of economic crisis.
The heartland of Osaka in the year of 1889 established its modern municipality. Urbanizations in this part of Kansai were a later act. In the contemporary period, Osaka saw steady progress in the sphere of water supply, transits, construction of harbor and industries for off-shore fishing. The development of welfare policies is continuously undergoing a thorough altercation since the early phase of 19th century. Post-modern constructions reached an epitome in the later phases of the 20th century. Osaka became the seat of military policy making. Osaka is famous for “bunraku” which is a traditional Japanese puppet theatre and grand “Kabuki” which is a stylized drama.