Holo in Ikebukuro
Now each time I look back at this night, I must have been high on something to be able to do what I did. Since Arriving in Tokyo, The three of us were too pre-occupied with visiting the city that we didnt have the time to think through what exactly we were going to do concerning Project Holo. We were looking at something distinctive which re-presents well the city for example Kyoto is known for being the “old japan” with its tradition hence Fushimi Shrine is nicely reflected, and similarly with Nara being another example with its Temple and deers, on the other hand Tokyo is different. Tokyo is now known for its modernity and therefore we werent keen on doing places Like Imperial Palace or Sensoji Temple. We were mulling over Tokyo Tower but then after some twisting and turning in bed one night, I finally came up with an Idea. Kinda like Orchard Road in Singapore, Tokyo is known for its multiple city centers like Shinjuku or Akiba or Shibuya as a whole. After discussing it with Wibi and Kelsey the next morning, We rounded off the Choices to Ikebukuro, Shibuya and Akihabara. Ikebukuro was then chosen to do first given that it is the main setting of the Japanese light novel series, anime, and manga, Durarara!! which was one of the major influence in the creation of Project Holo.
Here’s the Reference where you see Karisawa and Yumasaki carrying the lifesize cutout of Holo in episode 1. We decided to replicate in someway the scene by doing exactly what they did, walking around the place with the cardboard. The thing is there are more implications doing that in real life compared to just watching it animated. I wonder if Karisawa and Yumasaki would have done it if they were real ^^. Anyway on the night we set out to Ikebukuro from our location Toyosu. The night was particularly cold and it was just past the rush hour time. It took me a while to get her ready out of the box, whats different tonight compared to all the previous locations was that I would be holding her completely opened up without being folded and in the box and then taking her out for the shots. As I got started I made sure to zone out and disregard as much the crowd around me. It was more challenging, embarrassing but fun at the same time. We had quite a few folks who recognised Holo and yelled out “Holo, Holo!” or “Ookami!” which made it worth it, One of them was a group of girls who were walking beside me and at the traffic light Wibi asked them for a photo. We tried to locate as many places similar to the series and luckily we did! The tall Cinema Sunshine building in the background.
We walked around for 1.5 hours and had to cut short because we wanted to cover Shibuya too. This was quite an amazing night so far, where Holo relieved her experience in Durarara!! I hope we pulled it off and I hope you understand a little bit more about the project – head over here for more in-depth information.
Dont forget the night continues but in another post which Im sure you would want to see as its the lively Shibuya!
Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s multiple city centers. At the district’s center stands Ikebukuro Station, a busy commuter hub that handles over a million passengers per day, making it the second busiest railway station surpassed only by Shinjuku Station. Ikebukuro is also considered to be a center of otaku culture which is located along the Otome Road just north of Sunshine City. However unlike Akihabara where the fandom is predominately male, Ikebukuro is catered more towards the female audience. Such include more butlers cafes compared to Maid cafes, and dojinshi or self published manga or novels especially suited for women. You can still find anime, manga and cosplay related shops such as Animate, Mandarake and K-Books.
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