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Japan Photo Journal: Name dropping

(Mainichi/Kenji Ikai)

A signboard is changed from "Umeda" to "Osaka-umeda" in the early hours of Oct. 1, 2019, in accordance with the renaming of the station on the Hankyu Line in Osaka's Kita Ward in western Japan. "Umeda" station on the Hanshin Line was also renamed "Osaka-Umeda" on the same day. The changes, which aim to help the increasing number of foreign tourists easily find the railroad gateway to Osaka, were carried out for the first time since the two major private terminals opened more than a century ago. Additionally, the Hankyu Line's "Kawaramachi" terminal station in Kyoto's Shimogyo Ward was renamed "Kyoto-kawaramachi" at the same time.

    (Japanese original by Yasutoshi Tsurumi, Osaka City News Department)

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