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New Program at Haneda Airport Planetarium Features Zodiac Constellations and Original Musical Score

New Program at Haneda Airport Planetarium Features Zodiac Constellations and Original Musical Score

The projection image of the new program at Starry Cafe.

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Starry Cafe, the planetarium on the fifth floor of Haneda Airport's international terminal, came out with a revamped visual program on December 15.

The planetarium has seating for 50 people, where they can enjoy cafe fare, lunch or alcoholic beverages as the starry night sky and other myriad images are projected onto the entire ceiling above. Since opening as Japan's first airport planetarium in October 2010, the attraction has drawn attention among Japanese and international visitors to Haneda Airport for being a "fun, overwhelmingly immersive and vivid experience that only a dome-shaped screen can offer."

The new program is the "Starlight Concert: Constellations Play Music in the Night Sky." The planetarium shows the night sky of each season and presents the 12 constellations of the zodiac, accompanied by original music and visuals that evoke images of these wonders. The director is Isao Nishigori, whose work has included commercials as well as a digital theater portraying the entire night sky. Musician Shugo Tokumaru wrote, performed and recorded the entire musical score himself. Most of the music was produced on guitar and toys.

The 10-minute Starlight Concert starts at 11:42 a.m., 1:42 p.m., 2:42 p.m., 3:42 p.m., 4:42 p.m., 5:42 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. The planetarium shows other original programming at other times.

Admission is JPY 500 for adults and children in high school or older, and JPY 300 for children 2 and up. The cafe is open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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