Kansai Japanese Not Shy
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Posted 9/22/14
Hey, took a trip to Osaka where I met up with an old friend and it turned out to be one of the most fun trips I've made so far throughout Japan. We met some outgoing girls that randomly started fooling around in front of the camera and started talking with us.

This happened twice in the same day, and we just tagged along with strangers. It was truly a fun experience. Could it be that kansai japanese people are more outgoing than people from Tokyo?

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Posted 9/22/14 , edited 9/22/14
Tokyo people are notorious for being "cold", to the point where it's become an overused phrase by visitors from other regions. This is true to an extent, and it's also true that Kansai people are generally more outspoken. Kansai-ben tends to sound more "informal", which likely contributes to the openness of Kansai-jin. You also have to take into account just how busy Tokyo is as well.
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Posted 9/22/14 , edited 9/22/14
Most Japanese comedians are from Osaka. They just seem to be more outgoing than Tokyo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2u_Xpv3AuM

Don't remember where I watched it, but Tokyo people didn't react to the fake gun game.
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Posted 9/22/14
Thats because Osaka is filled with all the cool people :3
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Posted 9/22/14 , edited 9/22/14
Osaka is, by far, my favorite place to stay whenever I go to Japan.

The reason is indeed the people, as applestash sais above, the people native Kansai are far more open and outspoken.
Besides that, more accepting end curious to everything that's not local.

In most of the other big cities of Japan the people indeed tend to be cold, distant or even downright rude to foreigners, but not Osaka.
(Smaller villages also tend to be more hospitable by the way.)
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Tokyo is business capital of the country most people are busy and don't have time to chit chat with every person they see on the street. But hey neither do I when I'm in work mode, so that never really bothered me. Also a quite a few people can't speak English and would rather avoid a situation where they can't be of help to you.

Osaka is more down to earth and friendly, plus they have some awesome food! And most of the people my age came up to me to ask about America, highschool kids would practice their English with me, the musicians I was working with kept telling me they'd trade me my American Stratocaster for a life time supply of ramen. All in all Osaka is always a blast as is Kyoto and Okinawa, Tokyo is still my favorite though.
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