Discounts, Games and Prizes with "Osaka Enjoy Rally!"

Osaka Bob

Osaka Bob

Hey everyone! Osaka Bob here. Did you know that Osaka city now has a free wireless Internet available all over the city? Well, I was checking out the info and noticed that they also have another special service available for free wireless Internet users:

I was headed to Namba the other day with my sister Betty, and we wanted to do some shopping! I clicked on the shop search and had a look at the Namba area. This was where I came across "Ichibiri-An", a store selling Osaka souvenirs. There are three stores in the area, but I decided to visit the Dotonbori store, located on the bustling street right beside the Dotonbori River, heart of the downtown area. It's so cool there.

Ichibiri-An, Dotonbori Store

Osaka Betty

Betty

Though a company with a very long history in Osaka, they've been selling souvenirs as "Ichibiri-An" for over 10 years, and have had their biggest store in Dotonbori for over 5 years. You can't miss it; it's got a "Midget" parked in the front, an old three-wheeled car from local Osaka car manufacturer, Daihatsu. The staff told me that they have many foreign customers, so they have English, Chinese and Korean-speaking staff to compensate. How nice of them!

Osaka Bob

Osaka Bob

That's right Betty! Also, Ichibiri-An pride themselves on having Osaka-made souvenirs. In the back of the shop there's a special section for locally made goods. There I found some really cool Tenugui (a thin, cotton Japanese hand towel) made by a local company called "Cocoraya" , who are in Suminoe ward.

Osaka Betty

Betty

The stores most popular goods are the Kuidaore Tarou goods! Right next to the store is Kuidaore Tarou, a mechanical drum-playing doll and a symbol of Osaka (Kuidaore Tarou used to stand outside a restaurant called "Kuidaore," which means "eat till you drop;" that's what Osaka is famous for!). This original strap is only available at Ichibiri-An!

Osaka Bob

Osaka Bob

The also got together with a local company and specialty Whisky Bon Bon maker, Maruakaseika to create their own original souvenir, "Naniwa Bon Bons" (Naniwa is the old name for Osaka). Last year they created fruit bon bons, and the Japanese patterned packages have been very popular with foreign customers. There's also chocolate-coated whiskey bon bons available in winter!

Osaka Betty

Betty

We grabbed a packet of the locally made Naniwa Bon Bons and headed to the register to try out the Osaka Enjoy Rally! It was so simple: first of all you show the staff a colour code, and then scan it in the system. We got a 10% discount just for doing this! Then you get a chance to play a slot game to win prizes! With Ichibiri-An, it was for a discount coupon worth ¥1,500, redeemable at any of their stores. We didn't win anything, but the 10% discount was great, and I'll definitely try it again!

Kadoza Hiroba

Osaka Bob

Osaka Bob

Just down the street from Ichibiri-An is "Kadoza Hiroba", an open square right in front of the newly reopened and flourishing Kadoza theatre, which celebrated its first anniversary in August, 2014. Would you believe that Kazoda Hiroba's customers are mostly foreigners? I was surprised! The feeling here is more laid-back that the bustle of street. You can get yourself a drink and a snack for a nice price, grab a seat and enjoy the air outside. Betty had already eaten all the Bon Bons before we got there... (sigh) never mind.

Osaka Betty

Betty

It's so nice here! You can sit and relax, and listen to some cool music. There's a live band every Wednesday evening, and a dance party from 16:00 - 23:00 on Friday. Even young kids can join in the afternoon! Bob and I got some drinks, hot chips and Japanese Kara-age (fried chicken) to share, but he ate more than me.

Osaka Bob

Osaka Bob

One of the stalls there, "Delicious Factory", is also participating in the Osaka Enjoy Rally. I showed the very polite staff the colour code and got ¥100 off the hot chips! As we sat munching on them we listened to the live music and watched the band jumping around on stage; they were very cool. Kadoza Hiroba do a good job at making a different, enjoyable place for foreign guests to have a good time. In the back of my head, I though that Osaka Enjoy Rally really does make the experience a little bit nicer.

Osaka Bob

Osaka Bob

In fact, I'm gonna go back and check out the map again to see what else I can find! If you're in Osaka, remember that there are many free wi-fi spots around the city where you can access the internet for free. If you find one, search for Osaka Enjoy Rally! You can also click the link below to see where you can get discounts and chances to win prizes. Makes the experience here so much better!

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