Pac-Man rickshaw is back! This time to eat in Osaka’s Shinsekai district
Last Christmas Tokyo residents were delighted by the sight of beloved video game character Pac-Man in rickshaw form as he gave rides to a select group of people chosen by lottery. It was a huge hit and generated a lot of buzz online, so they are bringing it back for two nights in Osaka, on 25 and 26 March.
Dubbed the Pac-Man Rickshaw Osaka Business Trip, the human-powered, power-pellet-popping protagonist will be hitting the streets and alleyways of Shinsekai, Osaka. The vibrantly decorated storefronts and brightly tiled paths make it the ideal stomping ground for Pac-Man. Heck, when seen from above it even looks like a huge Pac-Man maze.
The familiar additions that everyone loved from the Tokyo rides will return. Again, if you take a photo of the rickshaw as it passes by using a long exposure time, it will reveal the ghosts in hot pursuit. However, instead of the “Merry Xmas” greeting, this time Pac-Man will give a hearty “Hello!” to all of Osaka.
If you look closely you’ll notice that the usual dots Pac-Man is known to pound away have been replaced by the Osaka specialty takoyaki which are fried balls of batter with a little piece of octopus inside and slathered in a savory sauce – everything a growing yellow circle needs.
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