January 23, 2021

The first shrine visit of the year with Uber Existence

Shin Hanagata

On New Year's Eve of 2020, Shiozaki, who studies abroad in Leiden in the Netherlands, which was under lockdown at the time, was forced to abort his plans to come home for the New Year. Under those circumstances, he decided to spend the New Year by making a visit to a shrine in Japan using the existence agency service Uber Existence that was available in Tokyo at the time.

Uber Existence(https://www.uberexistence.com/)is an agency that provides the service of ""being in a place"" by using the body of an existence agent (actor). The user sees and hears the place through a camera and microphone worn by the actor, and controls the body by giving instructions to the actor that they hear with earphones. The user can also talk to people using a speaker mounted on the actor's mouth.

While places such as Meiji Jingu refrain from opening for the New Year, the actor who received Shiozaki's request, Shin, sets off towards Kanda Myojin, one of the few major temples or shrines to remain open all night, unfazed by the news announcing a new record of coronavirus infections.

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