Boasting the second highest population among the entire USA, Texas is home to the largest city in the Southern United States: Houston. Energy, production, aerospace, technology and health care industries are all represented here in Houston.
There are many famous celebrities and politicians living in the Houston suburbs, and plenty of high-class restaurants in Houston, many of them high-priced. Many high-end cars like Maserati, Rolls-Royce, and Ferari are seen frequently speeding down the roads.
The Cowboy culture is alive and well in Houston, with the fashion ranging from normal, every-day dress to cowboy boots and hat. Country music is also thriving.
Looking past the suburbs, you can see plenty of farmland and farms. Drive just 20 minutes outside the city, and cows and horses grazing in the fields becomes a common sight.
Cars are a part of life in Houston. There are plenty of freeways to take advantage of. The ride to Austin takes about 2 hours, while Dallas Fort Worth will take about 4 hours. Both airports (George Bush Domestic and International, and Hobby Domestic) are both conveniently located 30 minutes from downtown.
However, the traffic from in and out of the suburbs is akin to Los Angeles. Anytime between 4 and 6 is rush hour. There are plans in the works for a bullet train to run between Houston and Dallas by 2020. The day when Dallas and Houston are separated by no more than an hour is no longer a pipe dream.
In summer, temperatures can reach a sweltering 45 degrees Celsius. It begins getting colder around November. During this season, gloves, coats and heaters get put to good use, however it rarely ever snows in Houston. Around April, when the state flower, the Blue Bonnet begins to blossom is truely the best time of year.
Houston is composed of several different areas, namely: Downtown, River Oaks, Galleria, Up Town, Heights, and Upper Kirby. The population, though sizeable, only consists of 6% Asians. As far as the Japanese population goes, it is only 0.1% of the total population. Outside of the city in the suburbs there is a Chinatown that houses a sizeable portion of the population.
Linked with the rapid increase in population, the cost of housing within the city is about twice as expensive as it was just 10 years ago. Many apartments have been planned and developed in response to this drastic increase in population. It is speculated that the rise in population is due to the influx of workers from various areas such as Europe, China, India and the Middle East coming to fill positions in the city.
Japanese supermarkets are few and far between, however there are Japanese restaurants popping up in the suburbs. The suburbs offer a safe and nurturing environment for families raising children, so it has become a popular place to purchase housing.
There are a few big Japanese companies and sales firms downtown, however the production, food goods and import businesses are located in the suburbs as many factories and storage facilities seek the cheaper prices of suburban land.
Houston's main industries are oil, gas, natural resources, chemical, IT and finance. The gas and oil industries are in decline, but are thought to make a rebound in the coming years.