Experience Shinjuku’s Famous Halloween Event Online at Virtual Shibuya

03.October.2020 | SPOT

The Virtual Halloween Committee has announced that it will host an online Halloween event inside Virtual Shibuya as a result of the pandemic and to mitigate crowded streets in Shibuya, a place which becomes a sea of people during the spooky holiday season.

 

The event, titled Virtual Shibuya au 5G Halloween Fes, will begin on October 26 and run up to Halloween Day. It is being promoted with the hashtag #StayVirtual.

Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” back in May of this year. Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.

 

The Halloween event is inviting a host of Japanese artists and comedians to perform inside the virtual space, which itself will be littered with all things Halloween like Jack-o’-lanterns, bats, and more. Users will also be able to dress their avatars in the appropriate clothing in line with the holiday season of scares. All of this aims to deliver the famous Shibuya Halloween experience that the people of Tokyo are so used to.

 

Virtual Shibuya au Halloween Fes

Virtual Shibuya is evolving and will be updated for the upcoming Halloween event. Users can look forward to a host of music events and talk events during this age of the ‘new normal.’

 

au 5G Presents Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Virtual Mini Live

Virtual Shibuya will host its very first virtual live concert to open the Halloween festival. Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is included in the performance line-up, who will be serving a very special one-night-only Halloween themed show inspired by horror movies. Titled “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Online Halloween Live 2020 THE FAMILY 10.31,” you can find out more about the concert here.

 

au 5G Presents BiSH: Virtual Live

Japanese idol group BiSH will also be playing a special Halloween show at the event.

 

au 5G Presents “Everyone’s 5G” – Comedy Duo Wagyu Perform

Japanese comedy duo Wagyu will perform live using 5G technology which will render them in high-speed, high quality holograms.

The rest of the line-up and more details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

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    Event

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    The collaboration menu will include a tasty Almond Pound Cake with Lingonberry Sauce and Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake to celebrate Tanigaki’s birthday! Don’t miss out on these exclusive menu items and goods. 

     

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