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The centre of Osaka is divided into two sections: Kita (north) and Minami (south). The retail district of Umeda is located in Kita, while the entertainment area around Dotonburi Bridge (with its famous enormous motorised crab), Triangle Park and Amerikamura[?] ("America Village") is in Minami. Minami is also home to Shinsaibashi shopping district, and Tenjinbashi shopping district. The central business district, including the courts and major banks, is primarily located in Yodoyabashi to the north-east of the centre (on the Loop-line and the Keihan line).
Kansai International Airport is the main airport: it is a man-made rectangular island which sits off-shore in Osaka Bay and services Osaka and its surrounding satellite cities of Nara, Kobe and Kyoto. Kansai is the geographical term for the area of western Honshu surrounding Osaka. The airport is linked by a bus and train service into the centre of the city and major suburbs.
The mass transportation system of Osaka is first-rate: Besides the subway system there is a network of both government (JR) and private lines connecting the suburbs of the city, and Osaka to its neighbours. Keihan[?] and Hankyu line connect to Kyoto, Hanshin[?] and Hankyu line connect to Kobe, the Kintetsu[?] line connects to Nara and Nagoya, and the Nankai[?] line to Wakayama[?].
The people of Osaka speak a variation of standard Japanese called Osaka-ben, characterised by, most prominently amongst other particularities, the use of the suffix hen instead of nai in the negative of verbs.
Osaka people are considered by other Japanese to be rowdy and boisterous with a robust and coarse sense of humour, befitting people engaged in the commercial life of the region.