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Panasonic projector shines in stage performance highlighting the life of the world-renowned Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai
Tokyo, Japan - Panasonic Connect Co., Ltd. today announced the reception of a "Cool Japan Matching Award 2022" from Japan's Cabinet Office Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters. The award was presented for "The Life of HOKUSAI", a stage show produced by Global Business Labo, Inc (GBL). The show utilized a Panasonic PT-RQ22K, 20,000 lumens 3-Chip DLP™ 4K Laser Projector to create a dynamic backdrop to the stage to be used throughout the show.
The show was chosen to receive the award based on the smooth and effective combined use of art and technology, using the latest in projection technology to beautifully express the story of one of Japan's most renowned painters, without the need for multiple sets and labor-intensive set changes. The bright image and accurate color reproduction of the PT-RQ22K enabled accurate reproductions of Hokusai's artworks to be displayed in unison with the actors telling the story of his life. Shin Sugimoto, the executive producer of the show said, "We are very thankful for the technical assistance from Panasonic Connect to achieve this performance, as the stage performance utilized data from Hokusai's original works, the accurate color reproduction and high resolution of the projectors was very important, as well as the understanding of live production needed to achieve the vision of the performing artists."
Panasonic projectors are increasingly being used in live performances and interactive artworks, as the image quality and digital workflow allows creators the flexibility to create multiple immersive worlds that can be constantly updated and switched to match the content of the artwork.
With new styles spreading around the world, further efforts to spread the appeal of Japanese culture, from food and content to manufacturing and traditional culture, are needed. The "Cool Japan strategy" supports the global spreading of initiatives based on partnerships between a wide range of sectors and regions that serve to delve into the charm of Japan.
With the Cool Japan Matching Award 2022, leading Cool Japan initiatives will be recognized with an award. Expectations are that this will serve as an opportunity to bring together and share wisdom regarding and results produced by Cool Japan initiatives aimed at a new world and expand partnerships in the process.
"The Life of HOKUSAI" is a stage production that tells the story of one of Japan's most famous artists, Katsushika Hokusai. It is said that he left behind over 30,000 works of art, and his works are regarded highly not only in Japan, but around the world. He was selected as one of the "100 most important people of the last 1,000 years" by LIFE magazine in the U.S., along with Edison and Einstein, and was the only Japanese person to be selected. "The Life of HOKUSAI" is a nonverbal stage performance created in 2020 to commemorate 260 years since the birth of Hokusai, starring the world-renowned performing artist Katsumi Sakakura.
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