hakuhodo-VRAR is Turning a National Treasure into a MR Experience

 - Feb 21, 2018
References: asia.nikkei & engadget
Tokyo-based mixed-reality lab hakuhodo-VRAR is set to turn a Japanese national artwork exhibit into an interactive experience by using HoloLens. The experience will be applied to The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin and will be used at Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto's oldest Zen Buddhism temple, founded in 1202. The experience will focus on the piece of art, as well as the motivations and life of its Edo-period artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu.

The experience created by hakuhodo-VRAR is quite simple, but its application is something incredibly interesting and informative. Visitors will simply need to stand in front of the national treasure with a HoloLens on. From there, a holographic version of a Zen Buddhist monk will explain the piece of art and what Sōtatsu meant to convey with the piece. The artwork will feature movement and animation through the HoloLens, bringing the viewer into a unique artistic experience. The mixed realty adventure will last 10-minutes and will also show 3D versions of artwork inspired by Sōtatsu.

Image Credit: hakuhodo-VRAR, Microsoft