Osaka is a city of music. Because it begins with do and ends with do.

a taxi driver in Tokyo



We fell into talk about the name of town in the taxi. Many of the names of towns in Osaka have dull sound.  When I said that of all, the sound of do such as Yodoyabashi, Dotonbori, Dojima and Doshomachi is distinct, he riposted like this. It is amazing to make the topic related to music. There was also a magazine editor who expressed Kyoto as "Ha hi hu he ho", Osaka as "Ba bi bu be bo" and Kobe as "Pa pi pu pe po". The tones convey the atmosphere of the three cities perfectly. I want to know other cities with sound as well.


November 10,  2018

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun