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View Poll Results: Tokyo, Osaka or Shanghai
Tokyo 37 50.68%
Osaka 16 21.92%
Shanghai 20 27.40%
Voters: 73. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-24-2011, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I've heard that people in Osaka are quite different from other places in Japan and that they're much less focused on work and rather on enjoying life (at least for Japanese standards). Also, that food culture is huge there.

Would you agree?
I'd 100% agree!
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:15 PM
 
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Either Tokyo or Osaka.
Tokyo is undeniably a very beautiful city. But I also like Osaka because it's closer to Kyoto & Nara. A quick escape from the busy city. Osaka also is a food paradise.
Shanghai is beautiful but apartments are bloody expensive. No wonder why many many many condominiums and apartments there are vacant or not sold.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:04 PM
 
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Of the 3, I have only been to Shanghai which seems like a good place for a foreigner to live. There are enough expats as well as modern conveniences. On the other hand, Shanghai being that it is part of China also has Chinese culture (old & new) and I believe that Chinese food is much cheaper than food in Japan.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:10 AM
 
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Osaka!

I like Shanghai and Tokyo a lot, but the food scares in China terrify me and I feel like there's a certain lack of civic duty look-aftering there. Tokyo seems to peter out too quickly at night unless you really wanted to glam out. Osaka seems like a great combination of first world big city amenities and a far less intense rat race.

I have never lived in Osaka though--is it significantly less pricy than Tokyo?
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:18 AM
 
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Osaka!

I like Shanghai and Tokyo a lot, but the food scares in China terrify me and I feel like there's a certain lack of civic duty look-aftering there. Tokyo seems to peter out too quickly at night unless you really wanted to glam out. Osaka seems like a great combination of first world big city amenities and a far less intense rat race.

I have never lived in Osaka though--is it significantly less pricy than Tokyo?
I 100% agree with you.

I'm also the OP of this rather old post, and it was typed before I moved to Osaka.

Regarding being significantly less pricy than Tokyo. Yes and no. Apartments/hotels/etc. YES! You're also in the trains much less time, so you save a bit of time and money there as well. If you do take a taxi, you'll have a lot less to go (depending, of course). Also, international flights are much cheaper from Osaka (or Nagoya) than Tokyo (Narita/Haneda).

Personally, I much prefer Osaka, because you have Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe all very close together. Three completely different, yet large cities, with all completely different character.

Whereas when I'm in Tokyo, it feels like you have a few popular Tokyo neighborhoods, than just tons of sprawl forever outward in every direction - i.e. tons of train time going anywhere.

But, I also know people who love Tokyo and are very loyal to it.

For me, I'm definitely a big city person, but Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto give everything I need in spades, that I don't even consider going to Tokyo for any reason, as everything I need is right here.

Whereas, when I lived in Busan Korea, it just paled in comparison to Seoul Korea, for example.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Which would you prefer for living?

They are three cities I wouldn't mind living in, and I'd love to hear comments on them.
I voted Tokyo as I have no interest in China. I will be going to Osaka this Spring so my opinion could change. My wife thinks I will like Osaka more because it is a food and comedy city.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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Osaka is suppose to be the worst city in Japan. Tokyo looks seriously crowded.. Shanghai is probably better.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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Osaka is suppose to be the worst city in Japan. Tokyo looks seriously crowded.. Shanghai is probably better.
You mean like how Osaka is the most dangerous major city in Japan--which means it's safer than any major city in the US or UK?
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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Tokyo. Very modernized with a very "westernized" feel, so from the perspective of a westerner, it will feel the most comfortable.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Osaka is suppose to be the worst city in Japan. Tokyo looks seriously crowded.. Shanghai is probably better.
Well, it's known as being a bit grittier and there are areas with poverty you won't see in Tokyo (maybe in a surrounding prefecture), but for the most part, it looks fairly similar and is safer than most western cities of its size. The people give off a friendlier, more outgoing vibe among each other and to foreigners as well. If you want to see the most expensive sky-scrapers and architecture, yeah, most of that is in Tokyo, but only in certain areas. Over the past few decades, more and more companies and people moved to Tokyo, so it's become the center of action. I think over time this is going to change due to the proximity of Tokyo to Fukushima. They keep detecting more and more radiation hot spots.
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