The “Takeakari” is a traditional bamboo lantern common throughout Japan. The lantern is lit at the same time all throughout Japan to convey a message of hope and peace.
The start-up company, called Timelooper, Inc., held an event to recreate the traditional bamboo lighting event using AR. The tradition of lighting bamboo lanterns was merged with the latest AR technology. Images of Takeakari lighting taken in various towns and cities in Japan were projected onto a virtual map. The event enabled people to witness and experience the beauty of the event remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic. People were able to take a virtual tour through their town and even visit other towns throughout Japan.
The fusion of “Takeakari” and “AR” technology has the added benefit of strengthening and preserving these cultural events in Japan.