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The coronavirus situation might have brought the world to a standstill, but people have all sorts of tricks up their sleeve to bounce back. From virtual tours, to pool noodle hats to maintaining social distancing to eating with barriers, all’s been done and dusted.
Now it's Japan's turn. While Halloween is ideally when things get eerie, people in Japan don’t mind some spookiness in summer too. Keeping the social distancing norms in mind, Tokyo has come up with a drive-in haunted house. Designed by Kowagarasetai, the house is a first of its kind concept. Located in a covered parking garage in a building in Central Tokyo, the immersive experience gives visitors a 360-degree experience of being stuck in a car during a zombie outbreak.
Once you turn off the engine, the garage shutter closes, rendering absolute darkness. The drivers receive bluetooth speakers, and then it begins. The 20-minute act includes Sadako-style blood-soaked zombies against your car and on your bonnet, just like a zombie apocalypse. An extra bloody package is also available for an additional cost.
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In case you do not have a car, they can provide a rental. The company is also ensuring safety measures to prevent COVID19 spread among both actors and customers. Each car is wiped with alcohol to reduce the risk for actors. The rental cars are lined in plastic, and this is changed for every customer. The car is also wiped clean of fake blood.
Summers are traditionally the peak season for ghost stories in Japan, and the activity started out in an enclosed space as people could not step out of their houses and enjoy a haunted house in confined spaces. With a waiting list already, the haunted house will be back when temperatures cool down a little.
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