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Maker Faire Kyoto 2020 Online

Now, more than ever, it is important to find ways to create fun for yourself at home. Although do-it-yourself creators will not be able to physically gather for the Kyoto edition of Maker Faire, an event celebrating creative inventions, crafts and art, due to the spread of the coronavirus, the DIY spirit is still strong on the internet.

Instead of taking place at the Keihanna Open Innovation Center, the event will kick off online at 11 a.m. this Saturday with an announcement via the organizer's official Twitter account (@make_jp).

Participants are encouraged to flaunt their creativity by tweeting photos and videos of their works with the hashtag #MFKyoto2020. Every 30 minutes (except for the food and electronics sections, which will each last an hour), there will be a new theme for the projects on display. The day will start with family-oriented or educational works and move on to categories such as design, crafts and art (11:30 a.m.-noon), robotics (2-2:30 p.m.), electronics (2:30-3:30 p.m.) and original music (3:30-4 p.m.).

If their items are particularly useful in a COVID-19-stricken world, such as protective cloth masks, face shields and utilities for video conferences, participants are welcome to show their creations anytime throughout the event. (Yuki Yamauchi)

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.