The world's biggest VR event in real life!
HIKKY will hold the world's largest VR event "Virtual Market 2023 Summer", which has acquired the Guinness World Record™, for a total of 16 days from July 15th (Sat) to July 30th (Sun) 2023. This will be the 10th edition of the Virtual Market and its fifth anniversary. On this memorable occasion, we are pleased to announce that the Virtual Market 2023 Real in Akiba will be held for two days from July 29th to the 30th as the first attempt as a real event Virtual Market. It is to be held in the shops and facilities of Akihabara town centered on "Bellesalle Akihabara".
【『Let's have fun together, both in the real world and the virtual world!』Virtual Market becomes real!】
The Virtual Market (Vket) was created in 2018, and this year marks the 5th anniversary of the Virtual Market and the 10th edition of the event.
The Virtual Market has now grown to the point where it holds two Guinness World Records™ and attracts more than one million visitors from all over the world each time it is held, but we at HIKKY aim to create a world where the virtual and the real do not only thrive and become richer, but where the virtual and the real blend together and both become intertwined and more enjoyable.
From metaverse to real and from real to metaverse. The decision to hold Virtual Market 2023 Real in Akiba was based on the desire to provide solutions that connect both directions through Virtual Market, and to deliver fun, excitement and convenience that transcends the boundaries between virtual and real.
【The main venue is Bellesalle Akihabara, with measures linked to Akihabara town and shops!】
The main venue for Virtual Market 2023 Real in Akiba will be the Bellesalle Akihabara!
On the first floor, there will be booths where you can enjoy various contents such as games linked to the virtual space, a company area with exhibitors, a giant photo spot where you can take commemorative photos, and a sales corner.
※Images are for illustrative purposes only.
On B1F, in addition to the 'Parareal Creator Area', we will also have a booth exhibition by next-generation creators active in both real and virtual life. There will also be a 'Virtual Community Area', a booth exhibition in collaboration with communities active in VR and a special stage will be set up for “Virtual Market 2023 Real in Akiba Special Stage”. Popular voice actors, celebrities and VTubers are scheduled to appear! Details of the stage content will be announced at a later date, so keep a look out for further information!
From left to right: Message Board, Company Area, Event Counter, Goods Corner, Mini Event Area, VR Shot Bar Sea Side, Avatar Meets, Cross Greeting Room, Photo Spot
From left to right: Virtual Creator Area, Virtual Community Area, Memorial Board, Special Stage, Back Yard.
We are looking for the next generation of creators who are active in both real and virtual life. You can exhibit your own work in a booth in the Creator Area free of charge! If you are interested, please apply using the application form below.
Application period: 23:59, Friday, 26 May 2023
Participation fee: free of charge
A new kind of mystery-solving game linking the real Akihabara town with the web metaverse space!
In collaboration with mystery designer Takayuki Magata, you can enjoy a new mystery-solving game with authentic content, linking the real Akihabara city walk with the Metaverse. The image art is by illustrator Pomame° (https://twitter.com/ponn_mame). Original goods featuring Pomame°'s riddle-solving illustrations will also be on sale.
Mystery designer Takayuki Magata
A special LP for this riddle-solving game is currently being created, so please look out for further information!
Mystery designer Takayuki Magata
His representative works include Murder Mystery Detective: The Case Files of Mizuo Ikarame, Ultimate Werewolf, PROJECT:;COLD and Prophecy Training Academy.
As game supervisor of the captivating Murder Mystery "Murder★Mystery Detective: Ikarame Mizuo no Jikenbo", he has been involved in the planning of TV programs, stage performances and game packages.
Virtual Market and HUB Akihabara shop collaboration.
A collaboration with the HUB Akihabara shop, a familiar name to VR users, has been decided!
Virtual Market will collaborate with HUB Akihabara, a pub familiar to VR users that is often used for offline meetings, to sell original Virtual Market drinks and goods! After experiencing the event at Bellesalle Akihabara, please visit the Aki Hub and enjoy the after-party over an original drink.
HUB Akihabara Address: 1F Fujisoft Akihabara Building, 3 Kanda Neribe-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
On July 30th (Sun), the music live "VRave - Vrave", a collaboration between Virtual Market 2023 Summer and MusicVket 5 (https://music5.vket.com/), will be held at the event space "Akihabara Entas"! Many artists active in VR are scheduled to perform. Please wait for further details.
In Akihabara Entas
Virtual Market 2023 Real in Akiba is an event that connects the virtual and the real, allowing visitors to enjoy and experience the latest XR technology throughout the city of Akihabara. Various contents linked to shops and facilities in Akihabara will be available. Details of the implementation will be announced in the future, so be sure to keep your eyes on our social media!
|Name||Virtual Market 2023 Real in Akiba|
|Opening period||29 (Sat) - 30 (Sun) July 2023|
|Opening hours||10：00〜19:00 JST|
|Venue||Bellesalle Akihabara (3-12-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)Other collaborative content at Akihabara stations and shops in town.|
|Entrance fee||Free of charge|
|Official Twitter||https://twitter.com/VketRealThe official Twitter feed provides up-to-date information on the event. Please follow us.|
About Virtual Market (also known as Vket)
The world's largest VR event where you can buy and sell 3D items such as avatars and real products (clothes, PCs, food and drinks, etc.) at a venue in the Metaverse. It is the pioneering event of the Metaverse where people can buy and sell products. The event offers "experiences" unique to virtual space, such as riding rides, watching movies, and participating in live music performances at the venue. In addition, visitors can communicate with each other via voice chat, providing a realistic experience as if they were touring the city together in the real world.
The virtual market started as a place to buy and sell 3D data products between individuals. In recent years, major companies that want to enter the metaverse business have expanded the sale of actual products, creating new possibilities for VR commerce.
About VR firm HIKKY
-Create a world where the value of creativity is widely recognized-
HIKKY Co., Ltd. is a VR firm that creates an open metaverse where anyone can create and access freely. With notable creators who lead the industry as our members, HIKKY provides VR services such as highly unique Metaverse solutions including Vket Cloud, plan and operate Metaverse events, and provide consulting services that support business entry into the VR/AR field. HIKKY aims to develop the living, economic, and cultural spheres of the virtual world and create a society where all creative people can live more freely and abundantly.
The world’s largest VR event, Virtual Market, hosted by HIKKY has acquired a Guinness World Record™ in 2021. In addition, HIKKY won first place in the marketing category of the “AIXR International VR AWARDS” and the highest award in Japan’s “XR CREATIVE AWARD 2020.”
CEO: Yasushi Funakoshi
Headquarters: 4F, Mitomi Building, 1-20-22 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan
Established: May 1, 2018