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Japan's first drive-in haunted house opens in Tokyo as industry adapts to social distancing03:59

Japan's first drive-in haunted house opens in Tokyo as industry adapts to social distancing

Japan, Tokyo
July 2, 2020 at 15:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

Japan's first drive-in haunted house has opened in Tokyo as the entertainment industry adapts to social distancing rules introduced due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Inside the premises, actors covered in blood and ghostly figures could be seen attempting to scare the occupant of a car on Thursday.

Cars are stationary throughout the spooky experience, which lasts around 20 minutes, with the vehicles being disinfected afterwards.

Haunted house design company Kowagarasetai is behind the project, with producer Iwana Kenta explaining that the concept was a response to the difficulties faced by the industry due to the outbreak.

"In such a situation, when I was wondering how to create a haunted house that can follow social distancing measures, I saw news such as the drive-in music festival in Germany. I thought, what if we mix "drive-in" and "haunted house". It will be new, it could present a rather scary experience so we thought of it immediately and executed (the project)," said the producer.

Many haunted houses in Japan have been forced to close because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prompting businesses to find creative ways of keeping to regulations while allowing customers to continue experiencing thrills.

Japan's first drive-in haunted house opens in Tokyo as industry adapts to social distancing03:59
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Japan's first drive-in haunted house has opened in Tokyo as the entertainment industry adapts to social distancing rules introduced due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Inside the premises, actors covered in blood and ghostly figures could be seen attempting to scare the occupant of a car on Thursday.

Cars are stationary throughout the spooky experience, which lasts around 20 minutes, with the vehicles being disinfected afterwards.

Haunted house design company Kowagarasetai is behind the project, with producer Iwana Kenta explaining that the concept was a response to the difficulties faced by the industry due to the outbreak.

"In such a situation, when I was wondering how to create a haunted house that can follow social distancing measures, I saw news such as the drive-in music festival in Germany. I thought, what if we mix "drive-in" and "haunted house". It will be new, it could present a rather scary experience so we thought of it immediately and executed (the project)," said the producer.

Many haunted houses in Japan have been forced to close because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prompting businesses to find creative ways of keeping to regulations while allowing customers to continue experiencing thrills.

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