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  • Thursday, 11th February 2016
    In Events In Japan,

    Cirque de Soleil starts new Japan run

    Japan is well known for its unique performance art, but it is a familiar name that has recently returned to the country’s theatre scene. 

    Cirque de Soleil began its 13th tour of the country on Wednesday in a performance at the Odaiba Big Top venue. The new production lives up to the high standards of previous editions of the play and tracks the fascinating journey of mankind. 

    Characters include the Amerindian Dancer, Crystal Man, Scientist, Tracker, Valentino and Clown Fisherman, who will take part in an array of acts including hoop dancing, hand balancing, foot juggling, acrobats and roller skaters. 

    The show covers how curiosity, ambition and passion push humans to try to make impossible things happen. All of the characters evolve on a stage based on the theme of the giant turtle, which is the symbol of origin for a number of ancient civilisations.

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  • Thursday, 11th February 2016
    In Events In Japan, Japan Entertainment News,

    Anime screenwriter produces new puppet show

    Acclaimed anime screenwriter Gen Urobuchi is now moving to the puppeteering industry and has partnered with Taiwanese puppeteers to produce a truly unique show called Thunderbolt Fantasy. 

    Many of the anime sector’s most famous figures are artists or vocal performers, though Urobuchi is one of the few who has a strong reputation across the anime industry. He has produced a number of excellent shows including Magi Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass. 

    After visiting Thailand and being fascinated with puppeteering in the country, Mr Urobuchi was encouraged to make a show that mimicked the style seen in the nation. He was impressed by the style of shows from Pili International Multimedia and decided to work with them on Thunderbolt Fantasy. 

    As part of the production, the visuals will have computer-generated enhancements added to them, while there are practical effects included on the physical models.  The show was covered at the recent Wonder Festival in Japan. 

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  • Thursday, 4th February 2016
    In Events In Japan, Japan Entertainment News, Japan Travel News,

    Smartphone app for underground areas around Tokyo Station being tested

    Tests are now being carried out by the land ministry on a smartphone app to help travellers navigate the underground areas around Tokyo Station.

    Smart Navi has been developed due to the problems with navigational tools below ground where GPS signal cannot reach, reports the Japan Times.

    Android phone users can download the free app until March 6th, as it is tested with the view to roll it out to the general public.

    The current test takes in areas around Tokyo Station, such as the Marunouchi, Yurakucho, Ginza and Yaesu districts.

    It has set up 300 beacons that allow mapping of the indoor facilities to take place and provide an accurate picture of layouts.

    Users can discover the best routes to get to their destination and how long it will take, as well as where ticket gates and coin lockers can be found.

    On top of this, information about the closest restaurants and other businesses will also be presented to the visitor.

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  • Wednesday, 3rd February 2016
    In Events In Japan, Japan Entertainment News, Japan Travel News, Japan Travel News,

    Yamaguchi Prefecture claims to be the new Australia

    If you look at a map of Japan very carefully you may spot a prefecture that has a somewhat familiar shape.

    Yamaguchi Prefecture is taking advantage of the fact that its outline is reminiscent of Japan and can therefore be compared to the antipodean country.

    In a fairly tongue-in-cheek campaign, the region is hoping to entice visitors to this part of the world instead of travelling Down Under, reports ABC Online.

    There are some 1.5 million people who call Yamaguchi home and some of the sights featuring in promotional materials will be all too familiar to them.

    For example, the 300-year-old Kintai Bridge, which stretches across the Nishiki River, has been compared to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    Unlike Australia, which can only be described as gigantic in size, it only takes around an hour to drive from one side of Yamaguchi to the other.

    The marketing department for the prefecture is choosing to see this in a positive light, however, as precious time can be saved without the need to sit in a vehicle for hours on end.

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