One of the first promotional videos for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has made its way online to the @Tokyo2020 twitter account, and quite a few Miku fans couldn’t help but notice that there’s a quick half second sound blip of Hatsune Miku singing at 0:10 into the video! Check out the video above and listen for yourself!
What we hear is short audio clip of a song with Miku singing “Tanoshi mo”. And while short, it’s very distinctly Hatsune Miku! This inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign likely stems back to Prime Minister Abe’s desire to include Hatsune Miku as one of Japan’s symbolic pop culture icons to help promote the 2020 Olympics to the world.
Is this all that remains to be seen of Miku’s involvement in the 2020 Olympics? We’ll have to keep watching to find out!
As Hatsune Miku’s iconic appearance becomes more known around the world, Japan further recognizes her as an important symbol of modern Japan culture. This is reflected in the latest PR video from TokyoTokyo, where Hatsune Miku makes a surprise appearance. TokyoTokyo is an officially recognized tourist info page detailing Tokyo’s unique style of culture, mixing traditional with cutting-edge.
Hatsune Miku makes her appearance 7 seconds into the video, which symbolizes the theme of Tokyo offering “Unique” experiences you wont find anywhere else. She also appears in the short preview playing in the background of the TokyoTokyo homepage.
Quoted from TokyoTokyo Unique detail page:
The development of woodblock printing technology in the 18th century brought ukiyo-e prints into the mainstream of popular culture. Most arresting were the nishiki-e, or “brocade prints” made using more than 10 color print blocks, a unique Japanese art form that influenced the Impressionist artists. Meanwhile, it is now 10 years since the birth of Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid character that symbolizes Japanese culture today. She is an example of Japan’s art finding new fans the world over.
Eager Hatsune Miku music game fans will be happy with today’s news: SEGA has just announced Japan’s release date of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X (Vita version) for March 24th, 2016! Along with the announcement comes other exciting updates. The first is a complete revamp of the official game site, with an all new look and recap of all information released to date.
Japan’s game price will be 7,549 Yen after tax for both the physical and digital download versions. However, preorders of the physical version (available soon) will come with a limited “Project Diva X” Aime game card featuring artwork by KEI, which can be used with Project Diva Arcade! The exact date of the PS4 version is pending, but is still scheduled for Fall 2016. Plans for a Western release have not yet been announced.
Next up is the accessory kit, which features a Miku-themed shoulder pouch (12×22×4cm) to carry your console, or anything else you might find it handy for. There’s also a cleaning cloth (24×17cm) featuring artwork by KEI. The kit is priced at 3,480 yen (tax excluded), and will be launched alongside the game on March 24th!
Check out the new official promo video below! If the YouTube version is blocked in your region (blame YouTube Red, hopefully these problems will be solved later), then please watch the Nicovideo version below it.
My, it’s been a while since we’ve made a post completely dedicated to music PVs, hasn’t it? In fact, I’d say it’s been… Three years? Time for a quick turnaround, and point out several recent must-hear Hatsune Miku songs from the past few weeks. There’s various styles to suit your fancy, whether you like songs that are cute, cool, or just simply fun to listen to.
“Skip99” by 23.exe. This song mixes Dubstep with Electropop music styles, and sounds quite jumpy and fun. We’re sure this track will make you want to skip right along with the beat. English subs are included!
“Are You Still A Bit Skittish Today?” by LamazeP. A cute sounding song for sure, and was humorously tagged with the “Miku Addict Holy Ground” tag on Nicovideo. An English subbed version is provided by Descent87.
“Gohatto Disco” by Satsuki ga Tenkomori. Composed with a Japan-esque disco style mixed with House, this track definitely sounds cool.
“Story Rider” MikuMikuDance PV by Thanks. Featuring a Miku English song composed by Eleki (aka, BIGHEAD), this PV once again catches Thanks’ magical charm with the LAT-Miku type Hatsune Miku model for MikuMikuDance.