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LIFE IN OKAYAMA CITY


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Okayama, The central city of Okayama Prefecture covers an area of 789.95 square kilometers with a population of 720,385. Favored by nature, famous for being the safest place in Japan with 3 NOs: "NO EARTHQUAKE, NO TSUNAMIS, NO NEUTRAL POWER FACTORIES". Okayama is also known as "The Sunny Land" and is one of the national urban centers of central Japan.


MYSTERY ABOUT OKAYAMA

– Population: 720,385

– In which, the international community: 31,569

– Korakuen Garden is known as one of the three most beautiful national parks in Japan

– Okayama Castle was first built in 1597 and is also known as "crow castle"

– Average temperature in Okayama:

+ In April: 15OC / 57OF

+ In July: 27OC / 79OF

+ In October: 17OC / 63OF

+ In January: 4OC / 41OF

Okayama
Okayama

Choosing OBC as your study destination means that you will experience life in Okayama, a central city located in central Japan and one of the places attracting foreign workers to study and work. and live in the land of cherry blossoms.

Coming to Okayama, you will be able to simultaneously enjoy the excitement, full amenities of a central city as well as the serenity created by the beautiful natural scenery of national parks or ancient cities where this.

With those great things, you don't need to worry too much about the cost because the cost of living in Okayama is very affordable, much lower than in big cities like Tokyo or Osaka.

Not to mention the scenery and activities outside, life inside the campus itself will help you experience a unique side of life here.

At OBC, the difference comes from the vibrant student community, convenient facilities and outstanding events organized by the school.

Okayama
Okayama

As OBC has a long history and has a graduate student population of nearly 10,000, students at OBC are always warmly welcomed, immersed in the events and activities in Okayama. Throughout the term, there will be several events that create community exchange opportunities for OBC students organized by the school. In addition, you can participate in other activities organized separately for each faculty.

Unique culinary features


Famous dishes in Okayama: Premium Beef Chiyagyu (meat with the perfect balance between meat and fat), Murasuzume Cake (Okayama's traditional cake), Mongee Banana (a banana with a floating skin on it) world language)

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Let's explore Okayama


There are many ways for an OBC student to enjoy a break after a hard time studying, such as eating out with friends, going shopping, singing karaoke or playing bowling. Although you can find all of the above destinations in many different areas of the city, most of the places that are popular with the OBC student community are concentrated near Okayama Central Station.

Okayama
Okayama

Shopping

There are 3 large commercial centers in Okayama city, namely Aeon Mall, Tenmaya Department Store and Takashimaya Store, in addition to many general supermarkets such as Donkihote, Conan, etc. or the largest electronics supermarket in the province. such as Bic Camera and countless cosmetic, clothing, and department stores, all of which are conveniently located, just a 5-15 minute walk from the school's campuses. You can find almost everything you need here, from clothes, home goods, electronics to souvenirs, toys, accessories, cosmetics, CDs and books. In these malls there are also 100 Yen shops (which sell a multitude of items for as little as 100 Yen each), supermarkets, food courts, restaurants and game centers, very convenient for you.

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Okayama: The Sunny Land of Japan


Okayama is located on the island of Chugoku, adjacent to Hiroshima Prefecture. This is a land where the sun shines all year round, a privilege compared to other provinces in Japan, so it is nicknamed "The Sunny Land". Most of the prefecture's population is concentrated in two cities, Okayama and Kurashiki . Due to its mild weather, Okayama receives a large number of tourists all year round, usually tourists come here in the warm months of the year.

Fans of Japanese folklore will be delighted with the symbol Momotaro - "peach boy" appearing everywhere in the city. Okayama is the area's transportation hub, and the city is also known for its old castles and beautiful gardens.

Okayama

Natural beauty


Korakuen Garden

The most attractive sight in Okayama is Korakuen Garden, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. You can walk to the garden from Okayama Castle, following the path along the Asahi River. Historically, the garden was once a place of entertainment for the local ruling families, and was once closed to the public except on special occasions.

Inujima Island

Okayama Prefecture consists of a number of small islands in the Seto Inland Sea under its administration, most of the population on these islands is increasingly sparse and aging. In order to revive these communities, many islands have recently begun to engage in contemporary art activities. The Setouchi International Art Festival (The Setouchi Triennale Modern Art Festival) is a contemporary art festival held three times a year on the islands of the Seto Sea.

Inujima Island, which means "dog island" in Japanese, is a peaceful village where you can visit several galleries. The Inujima Seirensho Museum of Fine Arts and the Inujima Art House Project are both built for the Setouchi Triennal Festival, which showcases a variety of contemporary art works. Besides art museums, this peaceful island also attracts visitors by its beautiful beach.

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Tourist destination


Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle was first built in 1597 and is also known as "crow castle" because the outside of the castle is painted black. After World War II, Okayama Castle was destroyed so the main 6-story building was rebuilt in 1966. Tsukimi Yagura is a building that was not destroyed so it is still preserved intact until today.

Raikyuji Temple

At the foot of the mountain on which Matsuyama Castle is located is an old town called Takahashi City's Old Town, which is still preserved as it was in the Edo period. Visitors can admire the old homes of samurai warriors, merchants, and temples in the historic neighborhood.

Okayama

Bikan Historical Square (canal area)

During the Edo period, Kurashiki was once an important rice distribution center. Canals were built during this period to allow boats to easily transport food from the rice warehouses to the nearby harbor. Today, many shops and museums are located along the peaceful canal, making an afternoon stroll a peaceful, relaxing place.

Ohara Museum of Fine Arts

The Ohara Museum of Fine Arts is one of the former granaries converted into an art museum. This is Japan's first museum to display works of the Western art school.

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Festival


Okayama city is the birthplace of a rather strange festival, with the name Hadaka Matsuri which means "Nude Festival". The festival is held on the 3rd Saturday of February every year. About 9,000 men wearing only a thin white loincloth crowded together in one temple, racing to catch two lucky sticks and amulets thrown by a sage from the temple's window. The Japanese believe that if anyone catches a talisman, or a stick, they will have good luck and happiness for the whole year.

In addition, Okayama also has the traditional Momotaro Matsuri festival held on the first Saturday and Sunday of August every year, attracting the attention and participation of a large number of residents and visitors. People form many teams to dance the traditional Uraja dance, members of the teams can be people from the same company, or students from the same school, or people in the same neighborhood... from children to the elderly.

Okayama