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Famous all over the country for its "umeboshi" (salty pickled plums) and "mikan" (mandarins), Wakayama is referred to as Osaka's little-known neighbor. The capital city of the prefecture of the same name in the Kansai region, Wakayama has a population of around the 386,501 mark. Halved by the Kinokawa River, the city is bordered in the north by mountains. This is where you will find one of Japan's three "Melody Roads", which literally make a melodious sound when you drive over them. Once a major steel-producing town, its mills all but shut down and coworking venues have opened in its streets that become a floral playground for cherry blossoms.

History buffs can check out the Wakayama Castle from the Edo period when the Kishu Tokugawa daimyo ruled, but remember this is a replica of the original that was destroyed during World War II. If you love your seafood you will be in heaven, as the Kuroshio Ichibia Market at the Wakayama Marina City is a foreigner-friendly fish market where you can gorge on sushi, sashimi and still flapping fish. For the budding cooks there is even a seafront barbecue area where you can throw your catch on burning coals.

The Japanese government is being inventive and has set aside about one billion in public funds by way of both loans and investments over a five-year period to achieve commercial development on the moon. Startups that qualify will be able to receive funding for such things as research costs and to cover the price of patents, which is a huge incentive for those who dream big. For many who have their feet firmly planted on terra firma but still have huge ideas, it appears that health care, agritech Internet of Things, enterprise software and artificial intelligence are the niche markets to get into.

From dreaming of space unicorns to maybe just getting a bit of work done, coworking venues are the place where the locals are hanging out, sharing ideas and getting their dreams into the space of reality or chatting about where they plan to eat their next bowl of "ramen" (think noodles soaked in pork bone and soy sauce broth).

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