ANA’s kabuki-themed in-flight safety video receives Grand Prix from Cool Japan Matching Award


All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been awarded the Grand Prix at the Cool Japan Matching Award 2019 for its kabuki-themed in-flight safety video alongside creative partner Shochiku Co Ltd.

The awards are organized by the Cool Japan Public-Private Partnership Platform and are designed to promote initiatives that celebrate Japanese culture in unique, exciting ways while strengthening ties between Japan and the rest of the world.

"ANA prioritizes passenger safety and sought to present safety information in an engaging manner that also provides unique insight into Japanese culture," said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. "We are honored that the in-flight safety video we produced with Shochiku received the Grand Prix. We hope that the extra attention will encourage more people to learn about traditional Japanese performing arts and culture, and for customers to rediscover the greatness of kabuki."

The in-flight safety video features subtitles in 17 languages and debuted on domestic flights in December 2018 and on international flights since January 2019. The video provides in-flight safety guidance while incorporating elements from kabuki theater - a traditional form of Japanese theater with deep roots dating back to the Edo Period.

The goal of the Cool Japan Award is to promote the "Cool Japan Strategy," building interest abroad by drawing attention to unique aspects of Japanese culture. ANA has a long history of promoting travel to Japan through its "IS JAPAN COOL?" campaign, as well as the "Tastes of JAPAN by ANA"  campaign which introduces local cuisine to a wider audience.

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I think it's a load of self important nonsense. As with most things in Japan. Celebrating rubbish things about themselves.

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I think it's a load of self important nonsense. 

Are you referring to the award or the safety video.

I quite like this safety video, including the "making of" version they play as passengers are disembarking.

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Does it take all day to watch it ?

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