7th Dance Music Festival ULTRA JAPAN 2022 to be Held in Odaiba

27.June.2022 | FES / MUSIC

ULTRA JAPAN 2022 will be held at TOKYO ODAIBA ULTRA PARK II in Tokyo on September 17 and 18, 2022!

 

ULTRA JAPAN is the Japanese version of ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF), one of the world’s largest urban dance music festivals held yearly in Miami since 1999. This year marks the 7th event in Japan, and the festival has been held in over 21 countries around the world. In 2016 and 2017, it was named the #1 festival in the world in a fan poll by DJ MAG. 

 

ULTRA JAPAN has become a staple of the dance music community in Japan, attracting over 530,000 people since it was first held in 2014. The festival has been number one in terms of attendance among all dance music festivals held in Japan, bringing together some of the world’s best DJs and delighting fans with intense special effects. The festival is only 15 minutes from Shibuya!

 

Stay tuned for more information about the artist lineup for ULTRA JAPAN!

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    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: “Dodonpa is a song that’s perfect for all kinds of dances, so I hope that you’ll dance in your own special way! I’m hoping I can find an amazing dancer to perform with me at my Budokan show on October 19, so I’m looking forward to hearing from you!”

     

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    MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab

     

    Sketch Aquarium: Connected World

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    Sharing Rock Mass, Transcending Space

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    DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

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    September Flowers

    October Flowers

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    Autumn Colours
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    The colours of autumn will be depicted in its glorious combination of golds and reds for the exhibit.

    Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain | teamLab, 2016, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    For October, this exhibit will turn into Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain.

    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup | teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    The exhibition hall’s tea house “EN TEA HOUSE” will see a variety of autumnal flowers used including safflower, dianthus, and Chinese aster for September and cosmos, osmanthus, and chrysanthemum for October.

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    Customise Zone

     

    Embroidered items

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    Text  (45 Designs): ¥400 Each (Before Tax)

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    Room Key Holder (6 Designs) – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

    ¥500 per carving (Before Tax)

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    Product Name (Pictured): Doraemon Dora-moji Mug Cup A

    Price: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

     

    This cute figure of Doraemon is actually a piggy bank, a perfect gift to yourself or someone else!

     

    Product Name: Doraemon Piggy Bank

    Product: ¥4,000 (Before Tax)

     

    Book Corner

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    Bonus Items

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    Those who purchase any piece of merchandise will receive a free postcard with an original design with every transaction.

    For every ¥4,000 (tax included) spent on a transaction on merch, you’ll get an original handkerchief.

    And for every book bought, you’ll get a holographic postcard featuring a design of volume 0 of the manga.

     

    *Bonus items available while supplies last

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    teamLab, The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life, 2018, Interactive Installation, Endless, H: 8000 mm W: 6000 mm D: 6000 mm Sound: Hideaki Takahashi© teamLab

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    There will also be a Christmas raffle where you can win prizes, a special VenusFort Christmas party menu, as well as a Black Friday Market where you can grab some serious bargains.

     

    Be sure to add Odaiba on your list of places to visit if you’re celebrating Christmas and the holiday season in Tokyo this year.

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