"Dotonbori is a downtown area and a town name in Chuo Ward, Osaka prefecture. Abbreviation for Dotonbori River running north of the same place.
Although it is sometimes abbreviated as ""Tonbori"" in some cases, it has not been fixed yet, it is not abbreviated in the local, but it is expressed as ""Honboibori"".
(There are also sources that suppose that it was once called ""dragonfly"", ""donburi"")
Dotonbori, symbolized by Shibuya the crab street music and the signboard of Guriko, is a typical downtown area of Osaka and Minami.
Dotonbori's name is derived from the name of Mr. Yasui Michitaka (easy · tatto) who cut down private property in Keicho 17 (1612) and opened the river.
After that, the shogunate's city plan gathered the play houses in Osaka in the south of Dotonbori, prospered as the home of a Japanese play for 47 years, with permission of 47 water tea houses. A lot of people gathered at the play, the food store also prospered naturally.
At present, only the shochiku-za near the Ebisu station remains in the theater shop, but the restaurant is crowded with all kinds of shops everyday on the northern side of Dotonbori street.
In recent years, river-side promenade / Tibarigawa river walk has also gained popularity.
It is a typical downtown area of Osaka / Minami which is crowded with a playhouse and a food store from the Edo period until today."