DM Murray

Currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland, DM Murray spent over four years living in the Kansai area, where she worked as an English teacher. While in Japan, she enjoyed travelling around the country, to places as far apart as Hokkaido, Shimane and Okinawa. She wants to spread the word about overlooked places, and help people gain a deeper understanding of Osaka and Japan.
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Get out and go to…Ikeda!

Osaka is a huge, bustling city full of entertainment, shopping, food and distinctive local culture. You could spend days or even weeks without leaving Osaka City and not get bored – but there is...

Osaka history series (6 of 6)- Intellectual History of Osaka

Osaka is a city famous for its food, comedy and mercantile background. Unsurprisingly, this means that much has been said about the history of Osaka’s culture and society, but on the other hand, relatively...

Toka Ebisu: a popular annual festival

New Year is traditionally one of Japan’s most important holidays, and a rare occasion where many of the country’s businesses close for the day. One popular way to celebrate Japanese New Year is with...

Osaka history series (5 of 6)- Economic History of Osaka

Mokarimakka? is one of the best-known phrases in Osaka-ben, the Japanese dialect native to Osaka. Literally meaning “are you making money?”, it is not necessarily a literal question about business, but is used as...

Osaka history series (4 of 6)- Diplomatic History of Osaka

Osaka has hosted many major international events over the years, such as the G20 Summit in 2019, and soon to include the 2025 World Expo. With a foreign population exceeded only by Tokyo, it...

Osaka history series (3 of 6)- Political History of Osaka

The Osaka area has been settled since early Japanese history, becoming the site of port towns and a key location for trade while the nation was still in its infancy. Now, it is one...

Osaka history series (2 of 6)- Cultural History of Osaka

Popular ideas about the culture of Osaka often include food such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki, major comedy acts, and sport teams like the Hanshin Tigers. While these are all very much...

Osaka history series (1 of 6)- Social History of Osaka

Today, Osaka is one of Japan’s most populous cities. Indeed, it was a central location in early Japanese civilisation, as political power was originally consolidated in the Kansai region, comprising modern-day Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe...

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