Osaka is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants. Situated at the starting of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan, serving as a major economic hub for the country.
Osaka has a large number of wholesalers and retail shops, the stores along the arcade include commodities, clothing, and catering outlets. Osaka is known for its food, in Japan and abroad. Osaka is known for its fine sake, which is made with fresh water from the prefecture's mountains. Osaka's culinary prevalence is the result of a location that has provided access to high quality ingredients, a high population of merchants, and proximity to the ocean and waterway trade. In recent years, Osaka has started to garner more attention from foreigners with the increased popularity of cooking and dining in popular culture. The National Museum of Art is a subterranean Japanese and international art museum, housing mainly collections from the post-war era and regularly welcoming temporary exhibitions. It is the backdrop for modern movies and pop music that enjoy worldwide recognition.