This Planetarium in Tokyo Will Make Your Stargazing Experience More Memorable
It feels magical!
Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo
9/F Yurakucho Mullion, 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda District, Tokyo
Fees: ¥1,600 for adults on general seats
*Please check their website for more ticket prices and other details.
For its first anniversary celebration, Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo in Yurakucho, opened two new large scale attractions, Shooting Stars in the Deep Blue Sea and Tokyo Milky Way last January 31. Here is an exclusive from the project supervisor to discover more about these new exciting attractions!
Naoki Matayoshi is in charge of the Tokyo Milky Way narration.
A magical love story
Planetaria Tokyo is Japan’s first twin dome planetarium with its Digital Multi-purpose Theater and Planetarium Fulldome Theater. Enjoy an immersive viewing experience with floor to ceiling 8K imagery projection as the whole dome wraps around you in its Digital Multi-purpose Theater. You can watch Shooting Stars in the Deep Blue Sea here.
The entrance of Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo.
Shooting Stars in the Deep Blue Sea is a fantasy love story of two fragments of a shooting star who got separated from each other. These two fragments spent years apart longing for each other only to find themselves again in the deep end of the sea on planet Earth. The delicate yet passionate voice acting from the young main cast, Mahiro Takasugi and Nao, and the gentle, moving melody of the soundtrack, “Find the Way” and “Shooting Star” (ending theme) by artist Mika Nakajima add magic to the magnificent space and deep sea images animated by computer graphics.
New attraction Shooting Stars in the Deep Blue Sea.
Aside from that, the creative team consists of highly regarded artists as well. One of them is Kenya Hirata, the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film recipient during the 81st Academy Awards for The House of Small Cubes, who wrote the script for this production.
When asked about the recent trends and characteristics, the project supervisor, Yusuke Nakao explained, “I believe that the number of customers of the planetarium is on the rise. Because while the live commentary seems popular, our shows focus more on the overall entertainment factor, so even customers who came alone can enjoy their time here.”
Spend a relaxing day at Planetaria Tokyo.
Shooting Stars in the Deep Blue Sea is a 40-minute show that all kinds of customers can enjoy as if they are watching a movie, except it is much shorter. Nakao also said it would be a great opportunity for them to relax and enjoy the show because in reality, no one has the extra time anymore to see the stars. The show ends with about 6 minutes of music just playing, and it might be a bit too long for an ending. But Nakao says they made it that way because they wanted the customers to just simply look up at the stars and fully immerse themselves in the experience. They also hope this time allows the audience to expand their imagination and appreciate how the lyrics perfectly fit with the imagery.
The past, present, and future of Tokyo.
With 43 speakers, 4 woofers, premium seats called Ginga seats, and the latest projector model Cosmo Leap Σ, you can enjoy realistic stars in the Planetarium Fulldome Theater with Tokyo Milky Way starts showing, narrated by Naoki Matayoshi, a famous Japanese writer and comedian.
Tokyo Milky Way poster.
Kenji Miyazawa, Chuya Nakahara, and Yumeji Takehisa are prominent cultural figures during the Meiji modernization and Taisho Roman era, whose stories incorporate the Milky Way as a theme. Their works are featured in this featured show while also depicting the starry sky they may have seen in Tokyo more than half a century ago. Artist Machiko Toragai creates rolephotos by superimposing photos of famous spots in Tokyo, producing a completely different work of art. Playing in the background would be Marunouchi Sadistic (EXPO Ver.) by Ringo Sheena, pulling you into an artistic and nostalgic world.
Ginza’s cityscape warped into a mystical scene making you feel nostalgic even if you haven’t even seen it
Project supervisor Naho Shimazu explained, “We created it based on the general theme of the past, present, and future, but one of the main things we intended to convey is ‘weaving ideas from the past together, and transforming them into something new that can be connected to the future’. Although we put different elements into it, like literature, arts, constellations, through the whole process, what we were thinking of was, ‘How do you depict the Milky Way?’ so in the end, the story is quite simple. We hope that the viewers see something through the show and somehow feel a deeper connection with the stars.”
Artistic original cocktails are available at Cafe Planetaria “a cafe you pass by when traveling through the Milky Way”
Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo has VR attractions, a cafe, and a gift shop that has cute items you can buy. You can bring your family, friends, or your special someone along on your visit, and spend a relaxing day together. It is still a relatively new tourist spot, so if you haven’t been there yet, check these new shows out and enjoy the enchanting world of planetariums.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (11 February 2020)