- Unlike in other countries, many Japanese couples take Christmas Eve as an opportunity to have a romantic dinner. In that sense, it's more like Valentine's Day. In Japan, many couples in long-distance relationships cannot get together on Christmas Eve because they are too busy with work. With its company theme, “connecting people’s hearts together”, AU (a major Japanese communication enterprise) offers these couples a desirable opportunity.
- An interactive restaurant opened up in two major cities, Tokyo and Osaka, to connect couples living apart by 400km by bringing them together on one dinner table. The idea was also to perform a challenge to the future possibilities of telecommunications.
- In a flash, the restaurant was booked solid. As couples, wives and husbands, parents and children experienced their dinners, this restaurant became the most talked-about place during the Christmas season. Its promotion video was played more than 1 million times in one week, and had great exposure on TV and WEB media. More than anything, we were able to prove that this new way to CONNECT can build new memories.
With various technologies, an experience was provided to the couples to make them feel as if they are in one place together.
Blow out the candle, despite the actual physical distance. The pneumatic sensor senses the wind he blows, and communicates it to the air emitter on her side.
The motion sensor analyzes the couples’ movements as they propose a toast, and makes a clinking sound as if the glasses actually touched.
Using AR, the husband in his Santa Claus costume can hand over a gift to his girlfriend, despite the physical distance.