Ibaraki Contents Collection 2

When: January 13 (1 – 6pm), January 14 (10am – 5:30pm) 2017
Where: Tsukuba Innovation Plaza (1-10-1 Azuma, Tsukuba)
Admission: Free
Access: 5 minutes’ walk from TX Tsukuba Station
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Ibaraki’s local content creators will show off their work at the second Ibaraki Contents Collection, to be held at the Tsukuba Innovation Plaza in January.

The first Ibaraki Contents Collection was held on March 6, 2016 in Akihabara. The event exhibited the work of individuals and groups working in Ibaraki’s content industry, including comic artists, illustrators, animators, game creators, and more. Among the exhibitors were young creators based at the Ibaraki Creators’ House (ICH), a project managed by the Tsukuba Incubation Laboratory.

The program includes booths introducing creators and their work, a Virtual Reality booth where you can test out VR technology, and a screening area showing creators’ works, including Ibaraki Short Film Award winning films.

Booths

Imada Tama

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A manga artist who debuted in 2010 with Pachinko Fever (Issuisha). They have since published several works including Pachipro7 (Tatsumi Shuppan), Pachinko Dairensho (Nippon Bungeisha), and Nekodamashii, and Nekopuni (Mediax). In November 2015, their work Kazoku ga Inakunatta Hi was published as a book.

Categories: Manga

Otasaku

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Otasaku has managed the original character store ‘Otasaku Shop’ in Tsukuba since 2006. She produces cheerful and lighthearted merchandise and clothing using Otasaku characters, who are based on cats. They currently have a gallery and a limited time only store at Tsukuba Creo Square, and have announced a cat and astronaut collaboration series. Their products are selling well at Tsukuba Space Center.

Categories: Character, Merchandise

Suda Shugo

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A freelance web designer and photographer based in Hitachi. His life theme is ‘I am content’.

Categories: Photography

Seiji Tazawa

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A resident of Hitachinaka, Ibaraki. Using his experience as an electrician, he makes illustrations using Microsoft Excel with the aim of increasing safety awareness. On the recommendation of his grandchild he made LINE stamps, and his unique worldview became a topic of discussion in the net. At 73 he is still proactively creating and sharing his work.

Categories: Manga, Illustration, Animation, Character, LINE stamp, Picture book

Denshi Jision

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A white-clad ‘scientific’ entertainment group/band active in Tsukuba Science City. As the members are scientists, their unique electronic music influenced by modern culture features Tsukuba and scientific vocabulary. They performed at the 2016 Matsuri Tsukuba.

Categories: Science, Band

Next Edge Technology

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A Tsukuba-based company that has been introducing cutting edge software from around the world to Japan and promoting Japanese software abroad. They have been in business for 12 years. They are currently promoting their own touchless interface software aeroTAP, which allows users to control their computer without touching it.

Categories: Software

4th Cluster

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A group of students from Tsukuba University who got together with the common goal of making games. Their work includes the PC mystery visual novel game series ‘Campus Notes’, which is set at Tsukuba University. They will be offering trials of their new smart phone RPG ‘StarMined’.

Categories: Game, App, Character

Penton Kikaku Shitsu

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The owner of this toy design enterprise started it as a post retirement project, making use of their experience as a toy maker. Their interest in carpentry lead them to start making wooden toys using a 3D CAD and CNC tool. They won the Hyogo Governor’s Award at the 2014 Hyogo Prefectural Tanba Nenrin no Sato Woodwork Exhibition in 2014.

Categories: 3D CAD, Toys

Matsuri Hero Project

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The Matsuri Hero Project began as Tsukuba Hatsu! Matsuri Hero Soran Dragon in 2010. They have held hero shows and traditional Japanese performing arts shows all around the country and even overseas. They offer a range of action entertainment, including 3D collaboration shows and education packages.

Categories: Character, Video, CG Performance

Takuhiko Yokoyama

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Began working as an illustrator in April 2013. Has worked on individual and collaboration projects including ‘Kinder Book 3 2014 April Volume’, ‘Mushikui Note’ (Kanzen) ‘Fukashigi Plants Zukan’ (Seibundo Shinkosha), and ‘Watashi no Hatake no Chiisa na Sekai’ (Express Media Publishing).

Categories: Manga, Illustration

Yotagarasu

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A literary circle consisting of Tsukuba University students and alumni.
Noriko Senju: Involved in a variety of writing projects such as publishing stories online and in pamphlets and writing game scenarios and popular fiction
Yowa Shido: Writes novels and game scenarios. Was a short-listed candidate for the 21st Dengeki Awards Comic Writing category.
Kugai Iori: Writes novels, comics, and game scenarios. Author of Kakuheki no Make Doll (Ponican Books)
Yoneura Yuu: The youngest member, representing the next generation!

Categories: Novel, Literature

Rokujoma Genso Kukan

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A first year Master’s student at Tsukuba University. Their hit table top roleplaying game ‘Haguruma no To no Skynauts’ sold out at 200 books in 80 minutes at Summer Comiket, and has since sold 3300 copies at various events.

Categories Game, App, TRPG Rule Book

Panel Exhibition

ICH Manga-ka Group

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A combined exhibition Ibaraki manga artists, including Aoyama Takanori from the manga production unit RusuKey, known for their manga B, Kino Hinata, who penned the Manga Junior Meisaku work Night on the Galactic Railroad, based on the famous novel by Miyazawa Kenji, and Yokoi Sanpo, who adapts games into comic form for magazines including Famitsu DS+Wii, Terebi Game Magazine, and Pikopuri.

Categories: Manga, Illustration

Ibaraki Design Center

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An organization formed by the Ibaraki Prefectural Government to promote and support design work. In addition to providing consultation services and support for small and medium sized designers in Ibaraki, they also run Ibaraki Design Selection, with the aim of selecting and commending excellent designs in order to improve Ibaraki’s image and assist in the development of the local design industry.

Categories: Design

Ushioda

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If children taste the true flavour of a carrot, they will no longer dislike carrots. This is the passion that led Ushioda to grow carrots and develop Ninjin Monogatari Marugoto 100% Carrot Juice. Local singer-songwriter nanan recently produced a theme song for the product.

Categories: Music, Video

Kasama Senior High School Media Program

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Kasama Senior High School Media Program was founded in 2013, and is the only technical education program in Ibaraki for video media studies. The program strives to foster the ability to relay things through the creation of video works and nurture creators who will inherit Ibaraki’s future.

Categories: Animation, Video, Photography

Kakkoi Rikei Yogo de Motemakuru!

A collaboration between Noriko Senju (author) of Yotagarasu and Natsumi Furuyama (illustrator). The story was inspired by the question of whether cool sounding science terminology could work in romantic situations.

Categories: Illustration, Book

Kawaguchi Ikkaku

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Currently studying in a PhD program for engineering and a Master’s program for design at Tsukuba University. They develop devices to support children’s education and communication. Awarded Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC) and recipient of the Gugen 2014 Good Idea award. Selected for the 2015 MIC Innovation Program

Categories: Toy

Geek House Tsukuba

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A Geek House is a share house comprising mostly of tenants who are NEETs or engineers. Geek House Tsukuba is working on an apiary.

Categories: Lake Kasumigaura Channel Catfish, Apiculture

Goodwork Coffee Matsushiro

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Goodwork Coffee Matsushiro is a coworking café for workers that recently opened in Matsushiro, Tsukuba. Good for meetings, desk work, and a quick break, it provides people a space where they can drink delicious coffee and work without worrying about the time.

Saito Hajime Time Travel Virtual Reality

Have you ever thought that it would be fun to fly around to different places around the world, or travel to different time periods? Using mapmaking experience, Saito Hajime is attempting to reconstruct the world of the past.

Categories: 3D Content

Sarasa Sakurai

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Sakurai began working as an illustrator in 2014 after graduating from a commercial high school in Ibaraki. They have worked on official collaborations with piapro, had their work selected for use in karaoke videos for Hatsune Miku songs, provided illustrations for a Lolita clothing store, handled individual requests for self-published comics, and more.

Categories: Manga, Illustration

Etsuro Takihara

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Photographer based in Chikusei. Member of the Photographic Society of Japan. His main subject is Mt. Tsukuba. His photos have been featured in a number of high-profile exhibitions.

Categories: Photographer

Tsukugaku+

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A team of current students and alumni from Tsukuba Graduate University engaged in illustration and game production. They mainly focus on PC games.

Categories: Character

Tsukuba Business College School of Visual Design

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The School of Visual Design offers three courses: Graphic Design, Comics, and Design. They also do consultations for design production. They collaborate on comics and illustrations with publishing companies in the Tokyo area and have been published in commercial magazines. They also assist in commercial education through design for senior high schools.

Categories: Manga, Illustration, Video, Graphic Design

Dekosuke

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Comic artist and illustrator with an interest in drawing children and mecha such as planes and robots.

Categories: Manga, Illustration

Techline

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This company is engaged in the provision of services and development of apps for stores using SoftBank Robotics’ product Pepper.

Categories: Game, App

Studio Nibun no Ichi

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A group consisting of a CG creator, graphic designer, and system engineer/ integrator. They are involved in a variety of production projects including videos, games, merchandise, apps, and illustrations in the pursuit of the concept of multi-use, which is one of the advantages of 3DCG.

Categories: Game, App, Video, Graphic Design

Harukaze Mika

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A manga artist from Tsukuba who attended Azuma Kindergarten, Elementary, and Junior High School and Takezono High School. She graduated from the Department of Law at Chiba University then honed her design skills in the Planning and Design Section of Kinmei Graphic Art. She currently resides in Tsukuba, working as a freelance manga artist and illustrator.

Categories: Manga, Illustration

Natsumi Furuyama

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A freelance illustrator specialising in illustration and character design active in Tokyo and Tsukuba since 2013. She recently illustrated the medical textbook Kanja to Kazoku ni Todoku Kanwa Care.

Categories: Illustration, Design

Magical Rod

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A Hitachiota-based game developer, active since 2011. The members all have experience working as creators for gaming companies. Surrounded by Hitachiota’s beautiful natural environment they mainly produce games with animal motifs.

Categories: Game, App

Rista-Design

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A graphic design company. They design brand logos, posters, pamphlets, websites, stickers, and more. They commenced the sale of a 3D projection experience kit for smart phones from April 2016. They also won the poster design contest for the G7 Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting in Tsukuba, Ibaraki.

Categories: Poster, Merchandise

Ibaraki Prefectural Ryugasaki 2nd High School Commerce Department

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The commerce department started a project called ‘The commerce department began to use NetCommons’ as a part of the 100 year anniversary celebrations for Ryugasaki 2nd High School. The project includes activities such as the creation of groupware by students in the commerce department, a parent and child programming class using Viscuit, and the development of smartphone apps using Monaca.

Categories: Game, App

Yuta Kawasaki

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Yuta Kawasaki has directed and produced a number of film projects, including music videos for a variety of bands such as local Ibaraki band Marquee Beach Club.

Categories: Video, Music

Studio Puyukai

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An animation studio based in Tsukuba. They have worked on a variety of projects, notably Agukaru, the short film ‘Mobile Suit Gakuen G-Reko Koshien’ included on the Blu-ray for Gundam G no Reconguista, and the short film ‘Pure Pure Purea desu’ available on the official Overlord anime website.

Categories: Animation

Takashi Fukui

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A freelance videographer engaged in direction, filming, and editing. He is currently working on a personal project that he describes as his life’s work.

Categories: Video

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