Category: Traditional Culture

What we do at HYPER JAPAN Online 2021

At HYPER JAPAN ONLINE 2021, this film which is created to be screened in planetarium will be specially live-streaming as a 360-degree video!!! This is the first time to be shown all over the world. Turn your YouTube to VR mode to fully experience fireworks from Japan!

Date: 31st July 10:00-11:00
Platform: ZOOM and YouTube
Price: Free
1) Introduction (ZOOM)
2) HANABIRUIM (YouTube)* 25min
3) Talk session (ZOOM)
4) Q&A (ZOOM)
* We will ask you to leave the ZOOM room to fully enjoy 360-degree video on YouTube. The link for YouTube will be announced at the beginning of the session.
* Please come back to the ZOOM room after the show.

You can submit questions via chat to be answered live during the event. This is a special occasion which you can ask a question about Japanese Firework craftsmanship.

Sei Iwano from Nihonbashi Marutamaya Co., Ltd.
Sayaka Shimada from Nihonbashi Marutamaya Co., Ltd.

Show at HYPER JAPAN Online 2021


A world you’ve never seen -360-degree fireworks video-

Fireworks, a major summer feature in Japan, can be viewed year-round in the same way as when one looks up at a starry sky.

HANABIRIUM is a totally new experience for all of us. A 360-degree omnidirectional video experience of fireworks(Hanabi in Japanese).

This film gives you the joy to watch 5,000 fireworks shoot up from all directions. It is a completely new viewing experience in which viewers can watch the fireworks from directly below, where only professional pyrotechnicians are normally allowed for safety reasons. This film is a first-ever fulldome (fulldome refers to immersive dome-based video projection environments where the viewer is surrounded by the video projection in a hemispherical angle of view) educational film in the fireworks industry’s, which were shown at planetariums in Japan.
In this film, you will be able to learn the history as well as the technology of Japanese fireworks that has advanced over the past 400 years, since the Edo period. In this work, the story of fireworks unfolds through documentary video and CG animation, with a boy named Spark as its central character.

[Film Summary]
This is the adventure of ’’Spark’’’, a firework kid. The main character, Spark, attends school to learn how to become a firework.
However, he is unsuccessful.
One day, Spark skips school and goes into the woods.
There, he meets the mysterious ’’Grandpa Smoke’’.
’’I don’t believe in myself. I can’t become a beautiful firework like my friends. It’s just too hard.’’
The old man refused to let Spark give up.
Instead, Grandpa Smoke humorously talked with Spark about the wonder and charm of pyrotechnics.
Spark’s intrigue grew. Gradually, he became drawn to the mysterious history of fireworks.
What will he become when he grows up?

Cast/ Staff
Voice Actors: Anya Floris, Julia Yermakov, Peter Von Gomm
General Supervision: Toshikatsu Ogatsu
Planning / Direction: Sei Iwano
Production/ Direction: Rei Shimano, Sayaka Shimada
Producer: Nae Morita
Script: Akihito Arai
Video director/ Character Design: Yuki Kawakami
Shooting / Editing : Hiroshi Sato, Kenichi Kasuga
Music: Hiroki Saitoh
3D Sound Recording: YAMAHA
Sound Design: Dai Kawamura
Advertising Art: Akiko Maie

Planning / Production/ Copyright: Nihonbashi Marutamaya Co.,Ltd.

2019 / 25 min. / 4K dome master, 5.1ch surround sound