Sony Park Exhibition FINANCE with TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA

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Introducing "Planet Poem," a novel planetarium experience beneath the streets of Ginza! The event combines music from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and new poems by Atsushi Yanaka with a starry sky.

Poetry props up our lives and understands our feelings when we are anxious, isolated, or lonely. The life planners at Sony Life, a member of the Sony Financial Group, also listen to all clients' feelings, draw a blueprint of their lives with them, and empathize with them to support them through a lifetime. Ginza Sony Park has heralded the theme "Finance details life," believing that aspect is truly like a kindhearted poem.

It is said that the world has thousands of languages, and each language has hundreds of thousands of words. Poems are born from the cosmos of words, numerous as the stars, then come into contact with people. The main exhibition "Planet Poem" is a new planetarium program experience combining stars, poems, and music, where letters and words emerge in a starry sky depicted in high definition and are engulfed in overlapping space. The poems were written by Atsushi Yanaka (Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra) especially for this exhibition. These poems were completed by being set to Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra's famous song "Prism" and actually recited by Yanaka himself, making for a debut work that can only be encountered here.

Enjoy the extraordinary experience of countless stars and words projected on a giant screen, as if you are inside the vastness of the universe. Perhaps you will come across words and poetry from the words and poems interwoven with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra's music that will become guiding principles for your life.

Duration: 2021.7.30 - 8.10

Hour: 11:00-19:00 *Hours will be 12:00-19:00 on the first day, 7.30 (Fri).

Location: PARK B2/Basement 2, elsewhere

Cost: Free admission / No reservations needed on weekdays, limited number of people; advance reservations only on weekends and holidays

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* This program has finished.

Reservations for admission
(free admission/by reservation on weekends and holidays)

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Finance is like poetry.

When we feel anxious, lonely or sad…
we are comforted by the words of others.

Gentle words are like glittering stars in the night sky, showing us the way in the darkness.

There are Life Planners at Sony Life Insurance, who are professionals in planning people's lives.

They have continuously faced each and every customer, and generously communicated with each and every customer in hopes of becoming their guide for planning their lives.

The work they do is like a heartwarming poem.

This inspired Ginza Sony Park to reflect on "life" and "its meaning of life" through poetry.

You may also come across poetry that will guide you through life.

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Comments from Atsushi Yanaka (Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra)

If I go to Ginza, I always end up visiting my favorite place-Ginza Sony Park, even if I have no business to take care of. I am truly happy to be able to have an exhibition there. I always think people can be kind to others when they have extra space in their hearts, so for me, it is tremendously wonderful that Ginza Sony Park was created with the theme of 'extra space' behind a luxurious space in the prime location of Ginza. And we continue our activities with the belief that music also makes extra space in people's hearts. For this event, I used words in an attempt to offer kindness and beautiful space to the heart, by writing poetry and working hard on my recitation. I sincerely wish for the happiness of the many people who will now visit Sony Park Exhibition FINANCE with TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA. I will be honored if you enjoy the exhibition.

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Exhibition Content

Planet Poem: PARK B2/Basement 2

Experience a new planetarium program combining music from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra with stars and poems, exclusive to Ginza Sony Park (approximately 11 minutes).

Atsushi Yanaka, responsible for playing baritone saxophone in Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and experienced in composing verse, was in charge of the narration. The poems in the program are works specially written by Atsushi Yanaka to fit the event theme "Finance details life."

Using the optical planetarium projector MEGASTAR-II (*), developed by planetarium creator Takayuki Ohira, which projects 10 million stars invisible to the naked eye, and Sony high brightness projectors creates an experiential space combining countless stars and poems in the venue. Visitors are then invited to experience being enveloped in the music of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and the voice of Atsushi Yanaka through their headphones. This event also uses Sony's 360 Reality Audio stereophonic sound technology system for the narration so visitors are softly addressed by Yanaka, allowing them to enjoy a voice production that feels like the person speaking is really present.

As visitors enjoy the extraordinary experience of being enveloped in stars, poems, and music, they are sure to ponder what they would like to protect and value to live in this modern age and realize the need for the poetry (words) that supports the existence of those hopes.

Note that the number of people admitted to the exhibition will be limited so visitors can avoid a closed, crowded, close-contact setting and enjoy the event with peace of mind. In addition, we ask for your understanding that all visitors must enter the venue for their time slot and leave afterward. Visitors cannot enter in the middle of a time slot.

Titles of music performed: Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, "Prism" and "Taorenai Domino"

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  • Takayuki Ohira (planetarium creator) and MEGASTAR

Takayuki Ohira became known for privately producing MEGASTAR, the first optical planetarium projector in the world to project more than 1 million stars, as a hobby while working at Sony (Co., Ltd.) (now Sony Group Corporation) in 1998. MEGASTAR-II cosmos was certified in the Guiness World Records in 2004. Ohira engages in versatile activities such as installing machinery in planetariums in Japan and abroad as well as producing events. He has been awarded the Science and Technology Award by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The MEGASTAR depicted the previously hazily represented Milky Way as a collection of detailed, individual stars and made represation of the breadth and depth of the real starry sky possible. https://www.megastar.jp/en/

Poem Hunt for 30 Poems: Various Locations Throughout the Park

Verses that give a gentle push of encouragement for living have been selected from the lyrics of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra songs. Visitors can look for 30 lyrics scattered in various places across the Park, such as on the ground and in passageways. You might find poetry that empathizes with you and lets you breathe a sigh of relief.

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Tell Me, Brother Ska Paradise: PARK B4/Basement 4

Ginza Sony Park will install a message board on which visitors can pose questions about life and poetry to members of Tokyo Ska Paradise. Members will answer randomly, at irregular intervals.

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Special Website: Online Content

A special website will be available so customers who cannot visit the Park due to various circumstances can enjoy a virtual walkthrough experience and online events in which each artist performs.

・VIRTUAL TOUR

We will offer a walkthrough experience of the Sony Park Exhibition venue that can be enjoyed even by customers from remote locations.

・Preview/interview video from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

A video will be released sharing a preview of the venue, a look at enjoying the exhibition while checking it before it was open to the general public, and a special interview with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. (To be available during the event)

・Park Live

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra will appear on Park Live, the program that offers a chance to "run into" new musical discoveries. The event will be available through online streaming on YouTube (free to watch).

Date and time

2021.8.6 (Fri), starting at 21:00⁠

Streaming

YouTube https://youtube.com/ginzasonypark/

Performer

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ / 2021.8.6 [Fri] 21:00 online

TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA

Based on Jamaican-born ska music, Tokyo Ska Paradise, Japan's ska pride to the world, takes in all sorts of music with unique interpretations and has established their own style of sound that they call "Tokyo Ska".

The band made their debut in 1989 with their eponymous album (so-called "the yellow vinyl"). After going through a number of personnel changes, the current lineup consists of nine members.

As they solidify their status as an instrumental band, the band has also taken on the challenge of doing "songs" since 2001, with music written by the members and lyrics written by baritone saxophonist Atsushi Yanaka, bringing in guest vocalists.

In 2019, raced through their 30th debut anniversary year, Tokyo Ska Paradise continues to expand the paradise of "Tokyo Ska" under the mantra of "NO BORDER"and running the forefront of the music scene.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra official YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/tokyoskanet

Related links:

https://www.tokyoska.net/

Sony Park Exhibition Overview

Sony Park Exhibition FINANCE with TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA Overview

Duration

2021.7.30 (Fri)-8.10 (Tue), 11:00-19:00

*Hours will be 12:00-19:00 on the first day, 7.30 (Fri).

*Reservation start date: 7.20 (Tue) at noon

* This program has finished.

Location PARK B2/Basement 2, elsewhere
Cost

free admission / No reservations needed on weekdays, limited number of people; advance reservations only on weekends and holidays

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