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MIKULAND is making a return this Winter with Snow World 2021, and with it a new VR and AR amusement park experience! The virtual event will be held February 6th~7th 2021 via VirtualCast and HoloModels. The main visual art promoting this event was drawn by @choco_ikarashi.

The theme of “MIKULAND” is “somewhere near, in the near future”.
You can experience an official Hatsune Miku amusement park in VR and AR.
Using VR/AR apps, you can visit MIKULAND to experience the opening and ending ceremonies,
enjoy communicating with other users and purchase MIKULAND original merchandise.

Much of last Summer’s MIKULAND map is sticking around, but it will be livened up with a Winter theme, new content, and a new area to explore titled “Snow Globe Illumination”.

MIKULAND virtual map

There’s two ways to enjoy the event, and you can choose between VirtualCast (VR viewing) or HoloModels (AR viewing, more limited functionality). To view the methods of app installation and how to join, please click the link below to be taken to the “how to” guide. Please note the instructions are provided in Japanese only, but are relatively easy to follow.

If you can’t join through either programs, there will also be a video broadcast on both Nicovideo and YouTube during the event. Links will be live on the site when the event is live.

Various virtual shops will also be on display to explore.

There will be plenty of virtual activities to enjoy as well! These include Snow Globe (details coming soon), a mini concert (details coming soon), character Meet & Greets, Rhythm Games, Mystery Solving games, and a Snowball Fight event!

There’s a few other special areas, or “spots” to check out! These include Yukine Hills, a digital Piapro Art Wall, and Miku art gallery!

Virtual Snow Sculpture Recruitment

A snow sculpture modeling contest has been launched for this event, and the selected entries will be featured as snow sculptures in the “Snow Globe Illumination” area of MIKULAND! Entries will be accepted until January 15th, 2021 JST. If you’d like to enter, please make sure you meet the following requirements:

– Only files in fbx, obj or glb formats will be accepted. Please zip files before uploading.
– Please make sure your model follows the Piapro Character License rules.
– Create your model in under 10,000 polygons.
– Please do not affix textures to the model. Management will paste a snow texture onto the model.
– Do no attach bones or animations to the model.
– Create your models with the assumption that they will be filling a 3m x 3m x 3m space.

If your model is selected, you’ll receive the following rewards in VirtualCast and HoloModels: MIKULAND Plushie (Piapro Award for use with HoloModels), Clock (Virtual Cast Award for use with VirtualCast), Room Shoes (Gugenka® Award for use with HoloModels), and a Mask & Holder (TSUKUMO Award for use with HoloModels).

You can submit your entry at the following page →

MIKULAND Snow World 2021 Official Site →
MIKULAND Official Twitter →

Aug 082017

Technology and Hatsune Miku enthusiasts can both appreciate the news of RICOH’s latest announcement for a special Hatsune Miku edition of their RICOH THETA SC 360 degree camera!

Originally launched in October 2016, RICOH launched the THETA SC to bring quality 360 degree photos and video to the masses. The “Type Hatsune Miku” edition plans to put a spin on the concept by adding special Hatsune Miku specific software features, not available on the standard models!

As part of Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary celebration, 3,939 units will be made available for preorder between September 1st and October 31st Japan time. This “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU” is enclosed along with a dog tag key holder and an ABITAX special case inside a box illustrated by the illustrator fuzichoco.

01. Design

The camera comes with a “blue green” body, the theme color for Hatsune Miku, and a 10th anniversary logo and drawing by KEI, the Hatsune Miku’s original illustrator. Using a special manufacturing method referred to as “in-mold decoration”, we were able to clearly draw an illustration of Hatsune Miku along the curved surface of the THETA camera body. The camera is also accented with a power button that lights pink.

02. Special Shutter Sound

The shutter sound when shooting images has a special sound for “THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU”! It was produced in collaboration with Crypton Future Media, where the Hatsune Miku original shutter sound that can only be heard on this model was recorded.

03. ABITAX Special Case Suitable For THETA

This is a dedicated case in the special color of Hatsune Miku suited to carrying around THETA. The 100% wool soft case is handmade at each step by Japanese artisans using a special manufacturing method referred to as fulling.

Dog Tag Key Holder

This is a key holder with a dog tag along with a THETA logo charm and acrylic plate with Hatsune Miku illustration by fuzichoco. It is also a serial number* printed. This is special goods that can only be obtained with this “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU”. *The last 4 digits of the THETA camera unit serial number (example: HM39390001 – HM39393939) are printed on the dog tag.

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RICOH THETA Type Hatsune Miku

This is a dedicated app developed for the current limited model. You can make Hatsune Miku appear in spherical images captured using this app, “RICOH THETA Type HATSUNE MIKU”. By using this app, you can have an unprecedented experience that allows you to make Hatsune Miku appear in the real world with you and share the image over an SNS.
*Even though it’s not officially announced, we know that Sorasu Software, the developer behind the highly popular Mikuture AR photo app is developing the special photo app for the THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku.

Main Visual

Illustrator: Fuzichoco
The main visual used for the “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU” package was specially drawn by the well-known illustrator “fuzichoco” with a spherical image that can be captured with THETA as a motif. Here’s what she said regarding her passion for this artwork:

“I used posing that shows the perspective and created it in the image of a dynamic space that can be captured using THETA!
I based the hair band and such on the THETA logo design.
If the picture gives you a sense of glittering transparency, then that makes me happy.”

Magical Mirai 2017 Exhibit

Exhibiting a booth where you can experience shooting and editing images!
A special booth will be set up where you can experience “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU” at the “Magical Mirai 2017” event. This is an event that enables you to experience the creative culture of “Hatsune Miku” and will connect to the future indefinitely! You will be able to actually experience the camera by shooting images and editing them using the app. The booth will be available from September 1st~3rd.

Further news updates will be announced on August 15th, so stay tuned for updates! Official RICOH THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku website:

Mar 082017

Happy Miku Day (3/9), everyone! In celebration of this day, Sorasu Software has rereleased the hugely popular Hatsune Miku AR camera app Mikuture to the iOS and Google Play app stores with a large version 3.0 update!

What’s New in Version 3.0.0

Update UI.
Update character.
Update shadow.
Add rotation switch button.
Add hand controller.
Add bloom & chroma key effect.
Add Load image front, back offset.
Corresponds to alpha images.

These updates allow for even more control and realistic lighting and shadow effects, and a much wider character selection for your pictures! Download it for free below on the iOS and Google Play app stores, and happy shooting! And be sure to follow the app’s usage guidelines.

Mikuture for iOS:
Mikuture for Android: (Might still say “beta”, please allow some time for Google Play to update the download page)