Food and sleuthing for women, provided by 'Closed Restaurant'

Food and sleuthing for women, provided by 'Closed Restaurant'

TOKYO —

If you think “Closed Restaurant: Jewels of the Lady” sounds more like a mystery novel than an eating establishment, you’d actually be half right.

Early next year, the Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will be offering patrons the chance to participate in a unique dining experience that mixes good food with a riddle-solving treasure hunt. The event is aimed at young women and requires participants to apply in teams of two, with one of the members a female.

Large-scale treasure hunts and puzzle-solving games have grown in popularity over the years in Japan, moving out of the realm of family-oriented quiz games at theme parks and into adult events organized by hotels and restaurants such as this. Unlike children, adults show tend to take their role-playing more seriously—especially when there are prizes involved—allowing for more intricate, controlled games.

Event planning company Rush Japan saw a business opportunity in the growing number of Japanese adults eager to solve mysteries and go on pretend adventures in the real world. They have since modeled themselves as Japan’s premier “treasure hunt planning company” and, through their website Takarush.

The idea is for guests to nourish both their stomach and mind by enjoying a lavish meal while working with their dinner partner to solve a mystery. In the process of sleuthing, guests will have to move around the hotel grounds, exploring the new facilities and large gardens. ”In this way, they get a chance to appreciate the hotel along with solving a riddle”, explains a spokesperson for the hotel.

But won’t they be too taken up with the mystery to be able to satisfactorily enjoy the meal?

“No worries there,” says the hotelier, “The meal will take place at the beginning of the program. People have an hour and a half at lunch and two hours at dinner to eat appetizers, soup and a main dish. On the days of the game, there are two rounds, a lunch one and a dinner one. The whole program takes four hours so there is ample time to eat your meal leisurely.”

In addition, the contents of dessert will differ depending on whether the riddle is solved correctly or not. In other words, the dessert is the prize that you work for.

There are two dates set in early 2013 for this event. January 19 (Sat) and Feb 11 (Mon), each with a lunch round from 12 noon that costs 8,900 yen and a dinner round from 5:30 p.m. for 12,000 yen. Dinner guests may also stay the night for 22,000 yen, which includes the cost of the meal.

Given their past success with such events at restaurants and hotels, Rush Japan is expecting Closed Restaurant to do well. Another date for a March event is in the books. Perhaps such events can lower the hurdle of staying in a high class hotel and prompt more people to feel comfortable paying for a bit of luxury.

Source: Excite Bit News

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  • 3

    zenkan

    Gender specific nonsense!

  • 0

    Probie

    Early next year, the Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will be offering patrons the chance to participate in a unique dining experience that mixes good food with a riddle-solving treasure hunt.

    Is this for kids?

    Oh, no, "adults".

    The event is aimed at young women and requires participants to apply in teams of two, with one of the members a female.

    Why not aim it at just people? Why does one member have to be female?? Is one of the tasks that you have to pick out the best shoes to go with a gorgeous dress?

  • -1

    Yubaru

    Gender specific nonsense!

    What difference does it make? Hell there are too many places in Japan already that are "male" orientated entertainment wise and this one seems rather interesting too.

    Oh did you notice in the article

    "The event is aimed at young women and requires participants to apply in teams of two, with one of the members a female."

    So take a girl on a date at a hotel, have a nice meal, some entertainment and stay the night. Sounds like fun for the people into this kind of stuff.

    I dont understand why people get so uptight if a business wants to target a certain clientele?

  • 0

    cramp

    ok this could be a great idea or a total disaster

  • 0

    Jan Claudius Weirauch

    They could aim at your couples or friends...

  • 1

    lwsydney

    Well, at least it isn't something sexy, like the previous ideas from japanese entrepeneurs...

  • 0

    Yardley

    They probably market it to women because they are often the decision makers when it comes to choosing a restaurant or hotel. Sounds like a fun date idea to me. Besides, does it sound like something a couple of guys would want to do together? (That's a serious question.)

  • 0

    Yardley

    The Rush Japan website shows they have other events that are available to men, women, couples, etc.

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