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Shochiku, OKWave launch community site for kabuki lovers

New network

Welcoming kabuki lovers

Shochiku Co. Ltd. has created a multilingual social community on OKWave Thank You for kabuki fans around the world as part of its efforts to expand its services to foreigners.
The community site of Ginza Kabukiza, launched Oct. 24, allows users to communicate in 20 languages and provides a space for fans of kabuki to get together and exchange information.

The site also provides tips for enjoying kabuki and introduces other features of Ginza Kabukiza in multiple languages.

In addition to the multilingual community site, Shochiku is planning other projects with OKWave, including organizing O2O (online to offline) events for foreigners residing in Japan to promote the Kabukiza Theatre.

The two companies have also been promoting Japanese films to overseas markets through a collaboration between OKWave Thank You and Cinemas by Shochiku, an official fan community run by Shochiku on Facebook.


charity event

Human Right Now sponsors Children’s Day run/walk

Human Rights Now (HRN), an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo, is organizing a Universal Children’s Day Charity Run & Walk 2014 on Nov. 16.

The event will commemorate Universal Children’s Day, which stands for worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

Participants will start out at the Hibiya Park fountain plaza and go around the Imperial Palace.

The event is open to both children and adults and participants can select from three options: a 5K walk, 5K run, or 10K run.

The fee is ¥5,000 for adults, ¥2,500 for students and ¥1,000 for elementary school students and younger.

Profits will be used for international human rights activities that focus on the protection of children.

To apply, please send an email to by Nov. 10 and include your name, address, date of birth, T-shirt size (130 cm, 150 cm, S to XL) and the event you would like to participate in.


new product

A backpack that transforms into a chair

Thanko Co. Ltd. on Oct. 22 released a backpack that can be converted into a foldable chair.

The padded back of the bag can be converted, or pulled out completely and assembled as a foldable chair, providing users with the option of sitting anywhere, anytime.

The bag measures 34 cm by 25 cm, with a height of 51 cm and the bottom is coated with vinyl, which is water-resistant and easy to clean.

The padded back doubles as cushion for the chair as well, which can support up to 100 kg of weight.

The chair does not take up much space when folded, leaving plenty of room in the backpack.

In addition to multiple storage pockets, the bag contains an inner pocket for storing a 15.6-inch laptop, as well as mesh pockets on the sides for keeping a water bottle or umbrella.

Priced at ¥3,980, the backpack is currently available in blue, green and red.

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