Stressed Out? Throw Dishes and Relieve Your Frustration at This Place in Osaka

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  • Are you frustrated because your job is getting you nowhere? Are you angry about the economy or politics? Do you feel like screaming and breaking things, but do not want to reveal your other side? Whatever the reason may be, you can relieve your frustration at this unique place in Osaka (大阪). Get rid of your stress by breaking plates and bowls, but with a price. Let’s find out more about this intriguing place!

    Piat Thor (ピアットトーラー)

    Just three minutes away from Namba Station (難波駅) in Osaka lies the Daiichi Building (大一ビル). Go to the 3rd floor of this building for Piat Thor, a unique place where you can calm your senses by throwing plates at a concrete wall. There are individual booths with a collection of dishes for you to break. The price is 550 yen for 5 dishes and you can avail of a discount if you are intending to break more. You will be given a jacket, a helmet, a mask, and a pair of gloves for protection before you go on a rampage.

    Throwing plates doesn’t appeal to you? No problem! You can pay a little extra and break a pot with your hands. Still not happy? Well, you can shoot into a thin sheet of glass with an air gun. Usually, you can shoot with an air gun four times for the price of 1,000 yen. You have to wear a bit more protection when using an air gun, though, as it can be dangerous.

    Movie-Style Venting

    At Piat Thor, you can write your cause of stress (or your enemy’s name) on the plates you’re going to throw. Once you enter the place, the staff will welcome you with a smiling face and give you safety instructions.

    Looks like a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie where rich bad guys go to a secret room to vent out their anger? You are correct! Quentin Tarantino produced a movie in 2005 entitled Hostel from where the owners of Piat Thor might have possibly picked up the idea.

    Popularity

    Piat Thor has been featured in many local Japanese TV and radio channels due to its unique concept. Similar establishments are popping in Tokyo as well as other cities. Some therapists say that breaking things can be a great way to help patients with anxiety and stress. Many chiropractors are even including this as a part of their treatment.

    Furthermore, The Telegraph featured an article way back in 2008 showing how the Japanese people were coping with the recession blues.

    Breaking things may not always be the best solution for soothing your stressed mind, but it could help you feel better for a while. Also, Japanese people are known for working longer hours and with dedication. It is reported that many suffer from work-related stress in Japan so why not throw a few plates if it’s going to help?

    People who visit Piat Thor are from all walks of life, from salesmen to corporate bosses. You can also see women walking up to this place to vent out their frustration. But more often than not, many young people go here just to try its unique concept. Don’t forget to take a picture to commemorate your visit!

    Cool or not, Piat Thor is definitely a must-visit place when you are in Osaka. It is open from 2 PM to 11 PM every day. For more information, you can call them at 06-7501-7092 or visit their website linked below.

    Piat Thor Website *Japanese only

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