Shoichi Shirahaze reports: An amusement facility under the theme of popular manga and anime will open in Awajishima Koen park on Awajishima island in Hyogo Prefecture in July.
The new theme park is called Nijigen No Mori, which means “two dimensional forest.” Operated by temp agency Pasona Group Inc., it will take advantage of the island’s abundant nature and employ the latest visual media technology to create a world of fantasy, complete with an accommodation facility.
The featured works are “Hi no Tori” (The Phoenix) by Osamu Tezuka and “Crayon Shinchan” by Yoshito Usui. There are hopes the park will become a new tourist hot spot.
The theme park’s three attractions and the accommodation facility are scheduled to open in phases from July.
A section in the middle of Awajishima Koen park, called Mori no Zone (The Forest Zone), will be installed with a 1.2-kilometer-long walking trail tentatively named Night Walk Hi no Tori. Along the trail, visitors will be able to enjoy a show based on Tezuka’s “Hi no Tori” that uses projection mapping to beam images and sounds across the forest.
Two attractions themed on “Crayon Shinchan” will open near the Showa-ike pond in the park. One is zip-line crossing. There will be two zip-lines with different lengths that stretch across the water.
Overnight accommodation will be offered at 23 cottages in the so-called glamping site being built in the park, with capacity for up to 80 guests, according to Pasona. … (read more)
via The Japan News