Ueda Castle Landmark to Collaborate With Hatsune Miku's Senbon Zakura

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Flower-viewing festival adapts Hatsune Miku's popular song for festival's 20th anniversary

The official website for Japan's Ueda Castle landmark announced on Friday that the castle would be running a collaboration with Hatsune Miku's "Senbon Zakura" (One Thousand Cherry Blossom Trees) song in celebration of the annual Ueda Castle Senbon Zakura Festival.

At the festival, the landmark's staff intend to hand out Senbon Zakura-themed posters as well as pamphlets illustrated by Ittomaru. Also planned is a Senbon Zakura Flower-Viewing Concert, in which Japanese performers will dance and sing to Kurousa-P's "Senbon Zakura" song. The music playing at the event grounds will also be "Senbon Zakura." A special promotional video using the song and featuring Ueda Castle is being made.

The festival will take place at the Ueda Castle in Nagano, Japan from April 5 to April 21. The dance performance will be held on April 21.

When the original "Senbonzakura" music video was uploaded to Niconico, it received more than 4.3 million views in less than a year. The song was also the second-most used song in Joysound's karaoke rankings for the first half of 2012. The song inspired a novel this winter, with original illustrator Ittomaru taking charge of the publication's character design and original story.

[Via Hachima Kikō, Kotaku]

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