Solve the Puzzles Of Osaka Metro and Reach the Goal With New Subway Game
26.January.2020 | SPOT
Osaka Metro is currently holding a puzzle-solving game for passengers which will run until March 31, 2020. As of January 24, over 12,000 people have participated in this exciting endeavour.
The game requires people to ride with Osaka Metro and travel around Osaka while solving various puzzles to reach the goal. This style of escape game has proven incredibly popular in the subway around Tokyo and Nagoya, but this marks the first time it has been held in Osaka. The course is designed in such a way as to enable people to discover or rediscover the wonders of Osaka, allowing them to enjoy the many sights.
Participants must purchase a puzzle-solving kit, which comes with a 1-day train ticket to use Osaka Metro, and follow the instructions to complete the course. Once a puzzle is solved, they are granted knowledge of the next location to head to.
There is also a giant 4-meter long photo spot at Morinomiya Station which can be accessed via Osaka Metro’s Chuo Line and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line. Snap a photo of yourself with the colourful train carriage handles, and also take a photo together with Osaka Metro’s official mascot character Nyanbarou.
After completing the event, head to the photo spot so you can add to your Osaka travel album.
*”リアル脱出ゲーム” and “ナゾトキ街歩きゲーム” are registered trademarks of SCRAP Co., Ltd.
Nazotoki Machiaruki Game “Puzzle Solve Metro Trip”
Running: November 28, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Puzzle Kit: ¥2,300 (Adults Only) at Osaka Metro stationmaster offices, and from February 29, 2020 will be available at season ticket sellers
*Comes with a one-day ticket to use with Osaka Metro
*Ticket cannot be used on the Osaka City Bus or Imazato Liner
Osaka Metro Official Website: https://www.osakametro.co.jp/en/index.php
Detective Conan Themed Cafes Open in Japan to Promote Upcoming ‘Scarlet Bullet’ Anime Film
To promote the upcoming anime film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet which is set to released in Japan on April 16, 2021, seven themed cafes will open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo from March 24. The cafe is themed on a retro diner which will transport fans back in time to diners inspired by America in the 1950s and 60s.
RETRO AMERICAN DINER MENU
DETECTIVE BURGER/SNIPER BURGER/ZERO BURGER/BOYISH BURGER/SHERRY BURGER/OSUSOWAKE BURGER – ¥1,599 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring
DETECTIVE SUNDAE/SNIPER SUNDAE/ZERO SUNDAE/BOYISH SUNDAE/SHERRY SUNDAE/OSUSOWAKE SUNDAE – ¥1,099 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring
DETECTIVE SODA/SNIPER SODA/ZERO SODA/BOYISH SODA/SHERRY SODA/OSUSOWAKE SODA – ¥899 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring
CONAN CAFE CLASSIC Menu
APTX-4869 TROPICAL LAND CURRY | ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
COLUMBO MINT SAUCE PASTA ¥1,499 / DELICIOUS TO DIE FOR RAMEN ¥1,099 / POIROT CAFE SANDWICH ¥1,399 (All Prices Before Tax)
AI’S BERRY CHEESE FRENCH TOAST ¥1,200 / RAN’S LEMON PIE ¥1,499 / HIROSHI AGASA’S “SHIPPAI JA” PANCAKES VER.2 ¥1,199 (All Prices Before Tax)
CRIMINAL’S BLACK SESAME STRAWBERRY AU LAIT ¥999 / CRIMINAL’S SOUVENIR MUG +¥1,400 (All Prices Before Tax)
LEFT’S CAFE LATTE ¥899 / YOUNG DETECTIVE SHAKE ¥1,099 / RAN’S BERRY JELLY SODA ¥999 (All Prices Before Tax)
LIMITED EVENT MENU
1st Menu: Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Menu | April 16, 2021 – May 31, 2021
AKAI FAMILY BANQUET ¥1,499 / UNAGI’S KABAYAKI & TARE OKAWARI RICE ¥1,699 / SHUKICHI & YUMI’S DELICIOUS SHORTCAKE ¥1,399 / SCARLET OGURA STRAWBERRY TOAST ¥1,599 (All Prices Before Tax)
2nd Menu: Phantom Thief Kid & Aoyama Sensei’s Birthday Menu | June 1, 2021 – July 11, 2021
*Only available at Nagoya cafe from July 1-11
THE JEWEL GARDEN SALAD ¥1,499 / MAGIC SPICE PARFAIT ¥1,200 / AOYAMA-SENSEI BIRTHDAY CURRY ¥1,399 (All Prices Before Tax)
3rd Menu: Shuichi Akai Season 1 Menu | July 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021
4th Menu: Shuichi Akai Season 2 Menu | August 16, 2021 – September 26, 2021
*Menus 3 and 4 exclusive to Shinjuku and Umeda cafes
*Menus 3 and 4 are centred on the character Shuichi Akai
Pins (6 Designs) | ¥450 Each (Before Tax)
Acrylic Coasters (12 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Mini Acrylic Stands (12 Designs) | ¥900 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Magnets (6 Designs) | ¥500 (Before Tax)
Folders (6 Designs) | ¥300 (Before Tax)
Bandanas (2 Designs) | ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax)
Eco Bag | ¥1,850 (Before Tax)
Chocolate Tin | ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Fans can tuck into a Detective Conan-themed retro menu as well as get their hands on some exclusive merchandise featuring original chibi art.
Make sure you don’t miss Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet.
Detective Conan Cafe
Opening: March 24, 2021
Where: 7 locations in four cities (see Cafe Website below for addresses)
Table Reservations: From March 5, 2021 @ 18:00 (JST)
Price: ¥500 (Before Tax)
Cafe Website: https://conan-cafe.jp/
Cafe Merchandise: https://conan-cafe.jp/goods/
Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Official Website: https://www.conan-movie.jp/
Chairoikoguma Market to Open at KIDDYLAND Osaka Umeda This Spring
Japanese character goods and toy chain KIDDYLAND is collaborating with San-X, the creators of the iconic Rilakkuma and its friends, to open the Chairoikogumarché, a market themed on Chairoikoguma, at KIDDYLAND Osaka Umeda. It will be open for a limited time this spring from March 11 to 25.
Chairoikoguma is a popular honey-loving bear character created by San-X who lives in the Honey Forest. This year marks the 5th anniversary since its debut.
In 2018 and 2019, San-X opened the limited-time Korilakkuma Meets Chairoikoguma Store which was hugely popular amongst Rilakkuma fans, with repeat buyers returning multiple times. Chairoikogumarché was originally scheduled to open at KIDDYLAND Osaka Umeda in April 2020, but it was postponed and will now open next month. Once they book their attendance, fans can look forward to laying their eyes on original Chairoikoguma artwork coupled with phrases spoken in the Kansai dialect. There will be exclusive items to purchase, merch pre-sales, bonus goodies, and more.
Merchandise Line-Up Excerpt
Charm Set | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Mask Case | ¥660 (Tax Included)
Pre-Sale Release: March 11, 2021
*This product will be released for general sale at Rilakkuma Stores in Japan, excluding the Osaka Umeda branch, on March 13.
Chairoikogumarché & Nakayoshi Plush Toy (Sakuranokorisu) | ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
*Not available at Rilakkuma Store Umeda Osaka. Pre-sale exclusive to Chairoikogumarché.
*Will also be released on San-X’s online shop.
Pre-Sale Release: March 11, 2021
*This product will be released for general sale at all Rilakkuma Stores in Japan on April 3, 2021.
Long Plush Pillow | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Mini Shoulder Bag | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
*Will also be released on San-X’s online shop.
1. Customers who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) at Chairoikogumarché will receive a random free zipper case from a possible two designs. First-come, first-served.
*One per person, per transaction. Design chosen randomly.
*Available while supplies last.
*Will be released at all Rilakkuma Stores except the Osaka Umeda branch on March 13.
2. Customers who spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) at Chairoikogumarché will receive a free tote bag. First-come, first-served.
*One per person, per transaction. Design chosen randomly.
*Available while supplies last.
©2021 SAN-X CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Running: March 11, 2021 – March 25, 2021
Where: KIDDYLAND Osaka Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai Floor B1F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
*Opening hours subject to change
Mr. Osomatsu Escape Game Releases Original Merchandise Collection
11.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese escape game developer company SCRAP released a new collection of original and exclusive merchandise based on one of its Mr. Osomatsu themed escape games. The escape game was created in collaboration with the anime’s third season.
The merch at a glance
Bonus items for those who book advance tickets
The escape game, which is called “Escape From the Black Market Empire,” features an original voiced story that has players using their smartphones to communicate with the six Matsuno siblings. They must work with them to help repay their debt.
The merchandise collection includes plenty of must-grabs for fans like folders, stickers, tote bags, and more. And there’s some bonus items for those who buy an advance tickets.
Mr. Osomatsu Themed Escape Game Begins Across Japan
10.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese escape game developer company SCRAP, who has welcomed more than 7.4 million players worldwide to its iconic escape games, is now holding a game themed on the popular TV anime series Mr. Osomatsu.
The game is titled “Escape From the Black Market Empire” and features an original voiced story that has players using their smartphones to communicate with the six Matsuno siblings. They must work with them to help repay their debt. It is taking place at SCRAP branches across Japan including in Kichijoji, Nagoya, and Osaka, each of which has been decorated with posters signed by seven members of the anime’s voice cast.
The escape game’s official website also posted a commercial that’s worth checking out featuring newly-recorded lines from the iconic sextuplets.
Bonus merch for participating in the game includes:
・Business card case
Original Merchandise (Prices Include Tax)
Hand Towel Set ¥2,000 / Sticker Stick ¥300 / Folder ¥1,000 / Pins ¥500 / Key Rings ¥800
Escape From the Black Market Empire
Japanese Game Title: 闇金帝国からの脱出
・SCRAP Nazo Building Kichijoji: From February 4, 2021
・Nazo Complex Nagoya: From February 19, 2021
・Ajito Of SCRAP Osaka Nazo Building: From February 25, 2021
Japanese children’s clothing brand BABYDOLL has announced that it will open up a shop selling only face masks in Namba, Osaka on February 8, 2021. The store is called #Jibun Iro Mask (“Mask in My Colour”) and will sell the newest face masks in the popular MASK DEPOT series which have sold over 150,000 units in Japan.
Pick your colour and size
There’s a line-up of around 200 original masks available in different colours and sizes. Customers take a “colour assessment” where they answer four questions and pick from 20 different colours to find their perfect match, resulting in a mask made for them. There’s also an option to gift wrap the masks to be given as presents to people. And for the store’s grand opening, those who purchase 3 or more masks will receive another mask free of charge. This offer is available from February 8 to 14.
Valentine’s Day Treats Cooked Up at The St. Regis Osaka
26.January.2021 | FOOD
The St. Regis Osaka, a hotel located in Chuo, Osaka, is seducing couples with the reveal of its luxurious Valentine’s Day dessert line-up which will be sold at the hotel’s Italian restaurant La Veduta from February 1 to 14.
2021 Valentine’s Collection Line-Up
Valrhona Chocolate Bark | Single Bag: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
A bag of irresistible chocolates made using chocolate by the French premium chocolate brand Valrhona. It’s available in three flavours: Milk (Hazelnut/Miso), Dark (Almond/Soy Sauce), and White (Macadamia/Sake Lees).
Extra Dark Chocolate Gateau Chocolat | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
A truly full-bodied chocolate experience made with 61% chocolate that can be indulged chilled or warmed up.
Valentine’s Edition Valrhona Guanaja & Jivara Lactee Chocolate Éclairs | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A chocolate cake strip loaded with thick ganache and topped with chocolate-covered hazelnuts to create a bite-sized éclair.
St Regis Signature Brioche | Set of 3: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
A set of three of St Regis’s signature brioches: the extra dark Valrhona chocolate “Danish,” the Valrhona Guanaja & Jivara Lactee chocolate “Ganache,” and the Valrhona “Passion Fruit Inspiration.”
La Veduta’s Italian Valentine’s Day Menu
Dinner For Two | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)
The menu line-up at La Veduta features a dinner for two which includes an amuse-bouche, marinated Japanese amberjack, heart-shaped ravioli capresi, Tournedos Rossini beef fillet with tai sea bream, a strawberry tiramisu, and tea snacks.
This is a real indulgence for couples looking for a romantic dining experience or treat.
The St. Regis Osaka Valentine’s Day
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Address: 3-6-12 Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: [Mon] 8:00-14:00 / [Tue-Sun] 8:00-18:00
Running: February 10, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Opening Hours: 17:30-21:00 (Last Orders 19:30) *Closures at 20:00 until February 7
Enquiries: 06-6105-5659 (10:00-19:00)
The St. Regis Osaka Official Website: https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/osaxr-the-st-regis-osaka
Chihayafuru Anime Gets Escape Game at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS, Japan’s first and biggest puzzle-themed theme park, has announced the opening of a new escape game based on the popular manga anime series Chihayafuru which will begin at the site on March 4, 2021.
The immersive story-driven escape game has players take on the role of a member of the Fujiyama High School karuta club. While learning the essential points of competitive karuta from Chigaya Ayase and the gang, they must aim for victory to escape. No prior preparations are necessary – players can book their tickets and just turn up on the day.
This unique escape game takes place in a traditional tatami mat room and combines puzzle-solving skills with competitive karuta in which clues are written on the cards. Fans of the manga and anime series are sure to enjoy this immersive game.
Tickets will go on sale on January 23, 2021 at 12:00 (JST).
Chihayafuru Escape Game
Location: Tokyo Mystery Circus
Running: March 4, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Official Website: https://mysterycircus.jp/chihayafuru/
Foodies Make Their Way to Zi-tempo’s Pop-Up Eatery in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi PARCO
PARCO has teamed up with Kaji Kaji H, Koichi Igarashi—who is known for his work with BEAMS JAPAN’s brand projects—and a certain chief editor at a popular Kansai fashion magazine to open Zi-tempo, a limited-time food spot aimed at foodies that will run for 20-days at PARCO Shinaibashi in Osaka.
Zi-tempo brings together designers from popular fashion brands working in Kansai, editors from fashion magazines, stylists, writers, more to serve up a creative menu by a line-up of individuals not involved in anyway in the food industry. As well as food, visitors can get their hands of a selection of related merchandise, clothing, and more.
The First Serving
Running: January 13, 2021 – January 19, 2021
Curry Mala: Enjoy the unique spices of both curry and mala
Spicy curry has recently become something of a soul food in Osaka. For the first serving, foodies can enjoy discovering a wonderful combination of spices in a selection of curries, as well as a numbing line-up of mala made with mapo tofu. This menu is the creation of ‘R,’ a designer at a fashion brand, and ‘T,’ a former chief editor of a Japanese fashion magazine. R is actually the owner of a popular curry house called COBACHI CURRY in Nakazakicho, while T has tasted countless mapo tofu dishes. This makes them the perfect curry-mala combo for this experiment.
・Curry Mala Shokuhako – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
・Curry Mala 1 (Spice Chai) – ¥500 (Before Tax)
・Curry Mala 2 (Spice Highball) – ¥500 (Before Tax)
・Curry Mala Hoodie – ¥7,800 (Before Tax)
・Curry Mala Long T-Shirt – ¥5,800 (Before Tax)
The Second Serving
Running: January 20, 2021 – January 26, 2021
Tacos Variar x Berbers Ya!: Traditional Mexian and Moroccan dishes
The second serving sees a coming-together of tacos and couscous by two creators working in Kansai: nahonic who works at Tacos Variar at an underground spot in Kansai selling tacos, and stylist Sunny, both of whom enjoy homecooked couscous from their Moroccan mothers growing up. Foodies will get to enjoy both Mexican and Moroccan food at the same time, a perfect opportunity during the current climate when travelling is difficult. There will also be a variety of apparel and goods from creators like the mystery creative group “the golden dawn.”
・1P ¥350 (Before Tax)
・2P ¥700(Before Tax)
・3P~ ¥300 / 1P(Before Tax)
The Third Serving
Running: January 27, 2021 – February 1, 2021
Natouya: Taste and compare an array of natto rice bowls
Eateries serving gyudon, or beef rice bowls, never fail to bring in repeat customers for their cheap prices, quick service, and delicious taste. But our heal is the most important thing, so why not change it up once in a while with a natto rice bowl? At the event, foodies get to tuck into a selection of dishes using 5 different kinds of natto beans that vary in size and colour, served sticky, yummy, and in generous portions. These natto rice bowls were conceived by Murakami, a researcher of natto and editor of a certain fashion magazine. There will also be goods from natto apparel brand NNBean, natto crockery, and plenty of other things for lovers of natto to enjoy.
・Five Bean Natto Rice Bowl – ¥900 (Before Tax)
・NNBean Sweater – ¥7,100 (Before Tax)
・NNBean Long T-Shirt – ¥5,800 (Before Tax)
・Natto Plate – ¥4,200 (Before Tax)
If you’re in Osaka throughout January, and love food, don’t miss out on a unique eating experience over at Zi-tempo.
Running: January 13, 2021 – February 1, 2021
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO B1F “THE KITCHEN”
Address: 1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Subject to change depending on COVID-19 and weather)
Shinsai PARCO Official Website: https://shinsaibashi.parco.jp/
Universal Studios Japan Announces Easter Universal Celebration 2021
13.January.2021 | SPOT
Universal Studios Japan is set to spring into Easter starting on March 12 with the announcement of Universal Easter Celebration 2021. This year, which marks the 20th anniversary since USJ opened, will see the park’s cute and iconic characters once again lull guests into an unforgettable Easter dream at Universal Wonderland and Minion Park.
Universal Easter Celebration
USJ will see colourful pastel decorations cover the Universal Wonderland and Minion Park areas, and the characters too will be dressed in their seasonal Easter costumes. A special Easter rendition of the Wonderland Seasons Joy show will also take place to commemorate the park’s 20th anniversary with song and dance.
Wonderland Seasons Joy ~Easter Ver.~
Minion Park Easter
The park will also introduced a special egg hunt after Elmo and the Minions dropped some of their eggs. If you manage to find them all you get a limited-edition gold medal. USJ is also taking the Easter festivities online too with a special celebratory live stream called Let’s Cooking! Kawaii Easter Party
WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21) Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. TM & © 2021 Sesame Workshop © 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment Universal Studios Japan TM & © Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Universal Easter Celebration
Running: March 12, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Location: Universal Studios Japan
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
Super Nintendo World Releases Virtual Tour of Entire Theme Park Area
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced last month that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.
Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.
With just one month left until the grand opening, USJ has launched a special website for Super Nintendo World which offers a virtual tour through each part of the new theme park area. Mario fanatics are sure to be delighted by the adornments from Bowser’s Castle to Pipes, Mushrooms, Question blocks, and more, as well as familiar faces like Goombas, Thwomps, Yoshi—the list goes on.
Accessing the site will bring you to an overview of the map. As you scroll down the website takes you on a virtual journey to each of its iconic attractions, all of which are designed to make you feel like you’re really in the world of Super Mario.
Universal Studios Japan – Super Nintendo World
Grand Opening: February 4, 2021
Virtual Tour: https://super-nintendo-world.usj.co.jp/
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/super-nintendo-world
Doraemon Future Department Store to Open Pop-Up Shop in Osaka and Nagoya
Doraemon’s official shop Doraemon Future Department Store, which is located in Odaiba, Tokyo, is celebrating its 1st anniversary of opening this December by opening two limited-time shops in Osaka and Nagoya this month and January respectively. Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise and more.
The pop-up shops will offer a customisation service which lets customers have different embroideries put into the T-shirts, tote bags, and other merch they buy. The work is done on the spot by hand so you can see the result of what will be a very special item of which only one exists in the world. Perfect for Doraemon fans and gifts to friends and family.
The shop will offer a postal service for sending off Doraemon letters and postcards with original Doraemon stamps.
1st Anniversary Postcard
Mini Tote Bag
Those who buy anything from the department stores will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard. And for every ¥5,000 spent (tax included) they’ll get a mini tote bag. These are all limited in stock so you’ll want to get them while they’re hot.
If you’re in Osaka or Nagoya over the New Year be sure to pay a visit to the Doraemon Future Department Store pop-up shops.
Doraemon Future Department Store in Abeno Harukas Kintetsu 2021
Location: Abeno Harukas Kintetsu, Wing Building Floor 4F
Running: December 30, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (until 18:00 on January 17)
Closed: January 1, 2021
Doraemon Future Department Store in Takashiyama Gate Tower Mall 2021
Location: Takashiyama Gate Tower Mall (Nagoya), Rose Terrace on Floor 7F
Running: January 8, 2021 – January 26, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
*Opening hours subject to change
A Dream Collaboration Between Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi Announced For Hirakata Park
20.December.2020 | SPOT
Hirakata Park in Osaka has announced a special collaborative event with San-X’s popular characters Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi which will begin on March 6, 2021.
Rilakkuma and friends as well as the characters of Sumikko Gurashi will both have their own special pavilions raised at the park entrance. At the Rilakkuma tent, the cute bear and his comrades where will be showcasing their three fundamental elements that go into having a leisurely and relaxing time. Over at the Sumikko Gurashi tent, you’ll get a peek into the lives of these cute characters which are known for their lifestyle of dwelling in the corner.
The event will welcome a range of original Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi themed food and merchandise too.
©2020 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival
Running: March 6, 2021 – June 27, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Location: Hirakata Park Event Hall I
Enquiries 0570-016-855 (10:00-17:00)
Event Page: https://www.ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/