2016年08月30日

'Dojima' in Kita-ku, Osaka City, used to be dotted with many 'kurayashiki' warehouses and sales offices for rice and other agricultural products, which were maintained by 'daimyo' feudal lords in the 17th-19th century.

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In the feudal years, Osaka was the largest commercial city in Japan, centering on Dojima area. Dojima was a sandbar formed on the north side of a tributary of the 'Yodo' running from east to west in the heart of Osaka. In the middle of the 17th century, a leading wealthy merchant 'Yodoya' established a rice market here, which was the origin of Japan's largest agricultural market focused on rice. The rice collected from every part of Japan as a tax was stored in the warehouses of daimyo feudal lords. They sold the rice in their kurayashiki warehouses when it soared to a higher price. Thus, the standard price of rice in Japan had been formed in Dojima, and the first full-scale future market in the world was established here in Dojima. The right side of the river in the first picture is present Dojima area, and the monument standing at the very place of this future market is shown in the second picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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