The new 3D billboard in Tokyo leaves civilians mesmerized. The 26 by 62 foot LED screen is in central Shinjuku and has drawn upon large crowds to see the billboard in-person. What’s so amazing about the billboard is its 4k, real-like features. The digital features bring the cat to life, in fact, it behaves like an actual cat, doing what it pleases.
The cat appears on the digital billboard a few times an hour, in-between other advertisements and videos. Interestingly, the cat also takes nap breaks and sleeps at 1am for about 6 hours. Although it doesn’t have a name, fans have called it “Shinjuku’s east exit cat” after the nearest subway station.
Another feature about the billboard is that it is not advertising a specific product nor brand. One of the companies running the cat display, Unika, advertised that the cat is simply being used to light up everyone’s day. Ohkawa, a spokesperson for Unika, said that “there are many reasons we decided to display the cat, but one of the big reasons is that with corona, the world became very dark.” At this time, Japan is under its fourth state of emergency, with the highest number of reported cases since mid-May.
The city of Tokyo is hosting the Summer Olympics later this summer, and this is a billboard that is getting a lot of global attention. Unika shares an impactful message during COVID, which is to share some light and add happiness in Tokyo’s period of uncertainty. The cat is one of Asia’s first 3D digital displays, with Chengdu, a southwestern Chinese city displaying a spaceship which due to its 3D properties, looked like it was emerging from a building.
Regardless of whether the cat was used for advertisement purposes or just to light up people’s day, it brings forth a new realm of advertisements, specifically digital and 3D, life-altering ones.