Tokyo Disney Resort, Sanrio Puroland, and More Are Bringing Their Attractions Online
No need to leave your home!
In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the call for self-isolation to slow down the spread of the infection continues in Japan causing leisure spots such as theme parks, zoos, aquariums, and other similar facilities to temporarily close for the time being. Tokyo Disney Resort, which announced a temporary closure of its parks, posted a photo of the empty park on Twitter last March 16.
Other facilities have also turned to the internet and uploaded enjoyable content on websites such as YouTube and other social networking sites during this time where they are closed to the public. Here are some of the online efforts of famous leisure spots in Japan to entertain you during this period of isolation.
Tokyo Disney Resort posts the latest information on Twitter
Tokyo Disneyland ©disney
Tokyo Disney Resort is temporarily closed, however, last March 16, its official Twitter account (@TDR_PR) posted a photo of the park with the message, “Starting today, we will post photos of the park so that everyone can enjoy it while Tokyo Disney Resort is closed. ♪”
Sanrio Puroland uploads videos on YouTube for free viewing
Sanrio Puroland uploaded videos of their events on the official Hello Kitty YouTube channel, Hello Kitty Channel. The contents uploaded include the famous Miracle Gift Parade, and the Hello Kitty Illumination, SPARKLE!! ～Sweet Lights～, a show that just started right before the temporary closure. Moreover, messages from popular Sanrio characters such as Cinnamoroll and Gudetama were also posted.
National Museum of Nature and Science uses Google services for virtual museum visits
National Museum of Nature and Science
Ever since the National Museum of Nature and Science temporarily closed, they have posted photos of their staff doing maintenance work, and past exhibits on their official Twitter account (@museum_kahaku). Meanwhile, on their Facebook account (@NationalMuseumofNatureandScience), a series of posts entitled “Ways to enjoy exhibits during temporary closure” utilize Google services in bringing the museum exhibits closer to their guests through their screens. On Google Arts and Culture, you can virtually visit 5 exhibition rooms in the Global Gallery of the museum and enjoy high-resolution images of the displays while Google Maps Street View allows you to see the uninhabited Japan Gallery.
Ueno Zoo posts panda videos and free paper on the internet
Ueno Zoo tweets photos and videos of their animals on their official Twitter account (@UenoZooGardens). Videos that show the growth of Xiang Xiang, the famous giant panda, are uploaded on the Tokyo Zoo Net YouTube channel. Minna no Ueno Doubutsuen, a free paper that features various animals and their way of life including animal trivia is also made available online without any charge.
Adventure World uploads videos and posts on Twitter
Adventure World (Wakayama Prefecture) tweets photos and videos of animals living in the park on their official Twitter account (@aws_official). Park staff also records lecture videos and uploads them on Instagram (@adventureworld_official). Furthermore, last March 18, they started a YouTube livestream that shows how the giant pandas in the Panda Love area spend their day.
Sunshine Aquarium streams live camera footage and Instagram live
Sunshine Aquarium irregularly holds Instagram livestreams of aquatic animals like penguins and sea lions on their official account (@sunshine_aquarium). Videos of penguins strolling around the aquarium and other updates on how the animals are doing during the temporary closure are also being posted on Twitter (@Sunshine_Aqua). On their official website, you can watch the fixed point live camera footage in the Sea Lion’s Beach, Penguin in the Grassland, and the clownfish tank.
Enoshima Aquarium starts YouTube Live
Enoshima Aquarium has a YouTube Live stream entitled Kashikiri Enosui. They feature a lot of animals including dolphin shows and sea turtle feeding with the help of their aquarium staff. After streaming, the videos are uploaded online for those who missed it or want to watch again.
Other parks such as Toba Aquarium, Kobe Animal Kingdom, and Kyoto Aquarium are also posting photos and videos on their social media accounts, especially Twitter as a means to stay connected during this period of isolation. Check them out at home with your family and feel as if you’re in Japan!
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (20 March 2020)