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2018.08.03 Shiki Theater Company Offers Multilingual Service through SmartGlass
The rapid progress in technology is breaking the language barrier, bringing us closer to the day where millions would be able to enjoy entertainment. Just the other day, Broadway, the Mecca of musicals, began introducing a smartphone app that offers subtitles during a play.

Similarly, in Japan, Shiki Theatre Company has begun to offer a multilingual subtitle service by utilizing SmartGlass. Shiki Theater began offering the service this February for the Sapporo performance of The Lion King, followed by the Fukuoka performance of The Little Mermaid that started on June 14.
 
This service is a joint undertaking between Epson Sales, Earphone Guide Co., Ltd., and Evixar Inc. The SmartGlass to be rented out is Epson’s MOVERIO, model BT-350. When using the device, the viewer feels that the subtitles are floating in midair, and since users can remain handsfree, they can fully concentrate on the musical. Including Japanese, the device supports English, Chinese (simplified and traditional Chinese characters), and Korean. The joy of understanding is not only limited to foreign tourists but extends to the visually and auditorily challenged too. 

One needs to make reservations to rent SmartGlass, but if there are enough to go around, one can rent it on the day of the musical too. The user needs to be older than seven years of age, and it costs 1000 yen per rental, but once needs to deposit 3000 yen for indemnity. Foreign tourists can book in advance on one of the tourist portal sites JAPANiCAN.com. For the visually and auditorily challenged, the cost will be wavered once they show their disability certificate. Shiki Theater’s multilingual service only extends to two cities currently, but it is possible that the number will grow in the future.

For more details, please visit the following:
 
https://inboundnow.jp/media/news/1148/

http://www.itmedia.co.jp/news/articles/1801/31/news074.html

https://spice.eplus.jp/articles/190553