Yōkai (妖怪) are supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons that range from the malevolent to the mischievous and occasionally bring good fortune; in Japanese folklore, they go back as far as AD 700. In this unique Augmented Reality experience we enable multiple users to encounter them together in a unique story, situated in Shunkoin, an ancient temple in Kyoto.

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Left: Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎). Paper lantern ghost (提灯お化け), 1830

Right: Shunkoin temple (春光院), Kyoto.

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Based on the unique characteristics of Shunkoin, we developed a non-linear story experience tied to specific landmarks of this powerful location. We selected nine Yōkai from ancient Japanese paintings and made interactive digital 3D models. We 3D scanned the temple and situated the digital Yōkai. Users wear a Microsoft Hololens to encounter the Yokai while exploring the temple. Note that the first video contains mainly realtime content captured from the users’ Hololenses; the second video includes mainly visionary renderings that were created offline.

Contribution: Our explorations fall under the broad umbrella of transmedia cinematography. Through our explorative prototype, we hope to inspire movie directors to situate their stories in powerful places to enable users to form a deeper emotional bond with the content. AR Yōkai is a compelling example of the power of places, and how one might leverage that power in a respectful manner through new forms of Augmented Reality experiences

Questionnaire

In order to further develop this project, we are conducting questionnaires for those who are engaged in work related to storytelling such as movies, TV dramas and animation. We hope you can take some time to provide feedback through our questionnaire.

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Team

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Yuto Inamitsu

Director & 3D Asset Design

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Christian Sandor

Advisor

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Damien Rompapas

Hololens Development

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Daniel Saakes

Advisor

Special Thanks

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Amanda Kuwahara

Actress

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Indah Wijayanti

Actress

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Ryosuke Mori

Lighting

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Hirokazu Akiyama

Music

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Takafumi Taketomi

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Alexander Plopski

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Hirokazu Kato

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Alvaro Cassinelli

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Shunkoin Temple, Kyoto

Movie Location

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