Hatsune Miku Supports Quake-Hit Northeast Japan With AR
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Virtual idol Hatsune Miku will appear in the town of Onagawa, Miyagi on December 23 to present the mayor with a monetary donation. The "Hatsune Miku Tōjō! Jigen o Koeta Gienkin Zōteishiki by KDDI" (Hatsune Miku Appears! Donation Presentation Ceremony That Crossed Dimensions by KDDI) event will be held at the town's "Onagawa Fuyu no Matsuri" (Onagawa Winter Festival) event.
The augmented-reality app Miku☆Sampo (Miku Walk) utilizes Google's Tango AR computing platform, which is compatible with Android devices. People who hold up their smartphones during the event will be able to see Miku appear in Onagawa. The virtual idol's appearance will also be projected on a large screen at the event. In addition, attendees will be able to use Miku☆Sampo to take pictures with Hatsune Miku.
The donation money is part of the proceeds from a Hatsune Miku cafe experience that was held in Blue Leaf Cafe in Sendai, Miyagi in July. The funds will help Onagawa recover after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai), which occurred on March 11, 2011. "Onagawa Fuyu no Matsuri" will mark the second anniversary of the business area opening in Onagawa after the town received heavy damage in the disaster.