Do you want to clean up your room, but don't know where to start?
If so, Japanese game company Akatsuki Inc. has just released the perfect mobile game for you!
It’s called "KonMari Spark Joy.”
It's a game that allows you to enjoy and virtually experience the KonMari Method, a special method of tidying up by Marie Kondo, also known as KonMari. The details of this game will be introduced later, but there are puzzles in the game based on Zen, an important cultural concept in Japan, making it more fun for fans of Japanese culture.
What is the KonMari method?
Many of you are already familiar with the KonMari method, but let us introduce it to you just in case. KonMari is the nickname of Marie Kondo who is known as a Japanese tidying professional. Her revolutionary method of tidying up is called the KonMari Method. She teaches her clients how to fill their homes with joy by tidying up. Her books and methods are very popular both in Japan and outside of Japan because they are easy to follow. The KonMari method has even been featured in a series where KonMari visits several homes in Los Angeles.
"KonMari: The Magic of Tidying Up to Make Life More Exciting" is available exclusively on Netflix. If you watch this show in addition to playing the game, you may find it even more enjoyable.
According to the press release, the story begins when a girl who has just been heartbroken meets KonMari. Of course, KonMari's avatar looks like Marie Kondo.
Through her encounter with KonMari, the girl faces her inner self and sets off on a journey to find what is important to her. During her journey, she visits people with various problems, and as she cleans up their messy rooms, she gradually grows. What will the girl's choice be after she finishes cleaning up all of the mess?
After completing the game, another story about the boy who was the girl's lover awaits (sold separately).
The Zen theme
One of the puzzle games is a Zen-based expression of "another world inside the mind." As you tidy up the messy rooms, a puzzle with similar beauty and quiet to a Japanese rock garden will reveal itself from another world.
A Japanese rock garden tries to express natural elements, such as mountains and rivers, using carefully arranged rocks and stones. Rock gardens are often constructed in zen temples, so they are also known as Zen gardens in English. By collecting these puzzles, the girl will regain the tranquility of her heart, and cherry blossoms slowly bloom in her darkened world.
In the press release, Marie Kondo provided the following comments about her game.
"I never dreamed that I would be involved in making a game because I have spent my whole life tidying up. The vibrant cuteness of the characters (the futon character is my favorite) and the colorful world of the game made it visually exciting.
I hope this game will be a good opportunity for many people to learn about the KonMari Method and the fun of tidying up. If you're looking for a way to take a break from tidying up, please give this game a try."
Price: 410 yen
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