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    ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL in Hirakata Park 2018-2019

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: ulfes.com/2018/osaka (Japan) Official Twitter: #?????

    Festival poster, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    The ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL has been a popular annual event in Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Tokyo for decades, attracting more than 4.9 million visitors to date. Now the Festival will now also be held in Hirakata Park, Osaka, starting this Saturday! Experience the excitement of ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL in Hirakata Park 2018-2019 (????????????? in ??????? 2018-2019, Urutoraman Fesutibaru in Hirakata Paaku 2018-2019) through the gigantic “Ultraman Brothers VS Army of Monsters and Aliens” (??????VS????, Urutora Ky?dai VS Kaij? Gundan) photo spot, the fascinating live-action stage show with radio control lights and huge LED screens, the “Gigantic Battle Diorama”, and more! The will also be two special event nights that start after the main ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL closes for the day. “Ultraman Dark Hero Special Night” will take place on December 25th and “ULTRAMAN GAIA 20th Anniversary HYPERSPACE Festival” will be held on December 27th. And on the Ultra Live Stage on December 25th, the Minato brothers Katsumi and Isami -- the main characters of ULTRAMAN R/B (????????? [???], Urutoraman R/B [R?bu], 2018) -- will appear on stage! Exhibition Area ? Gigantic Battle Diorama The famous and overwhelming kaiju are featured in impressive dioramas. Take your own awesome tokusatsu pictures!

    Photo from the Ultra Live Stage in Tokyo. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    Stage Event ? Ultra Live Stage An exciting live-action stage show with the use of huge LED screens, where the Ultra Heroes fight fierce battles with Kaiju. The audiences will support the heroes with their radio-controlled “Ultra Flash” light. The show will be based on the theme “Color the History! The Legendary Ultraman Brothers!” (??????? ?????????, Jidai o Somero! Densetsu no Urutora Ky?dai). Stage Event and Time Schedule December 22, 2018 ~ December 24, 2018: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm December 25, 2018 ~ December 28, 2018: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm December 29, 2018 ~ January 6, 2019: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm January 7, 2019: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm January 12, 2019 ~ January 14, 2019: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm January 19, 2019~ January 20, 2019: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm *The shows are approximately 30 minutes each. *149 seats are available for each show. Ticket valid for one show only. Seats can be reserved at the entrance, first-come-first-served, for 500 yen (tax included) each.

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    Special Night Events* ? Ultraman Dark Hero Special Night (?????? ???????????????, Urutoraman D?ku H?r? Supesharun Naito) Date: December 25 (Tue), 2018 7:00pm~ The villains take center stage in an event featuring Kunito Watanabe as Kei Fukuide from ULTRAMAN GEED (?????????, Urutoraman J?do, 2017) and Takaya Aoyagi as Jugglus-Juggler from ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman ?bu, 2016).

    Kei Fukuide. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS
    Takaya Aoyagi. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PROD
    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    ? ULTRAMAN GAIA 20th Anniversary HYPERSPACE Festival (???????????20??? ???????????, Urutoraman Gaia H?s? 20 Nenkinen Ch? Jik? no Fesutibaru)* Date: December 27th (Thu), 2018 7:00 pm~ Celebrate the 20th anniversary of ULTRAMAN GAIA (?????????, Urutoraman Gaia, 1998-99) with the series` stars, Takeshi Yoshioka as Gamu Takayama/Ultraman Gaia and Hassei Takano as Hiroya Fujimiya/Ultraman Agul.

    Takeshi Yoshioka. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PROD
    DHassei Takano. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRO

    *Separate admission required for Special Night Events. Special Gift

    UltraFes special badge. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    Children of elementary school student age and under who attend ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL from December 25th to the 28th will receive a free UltraFes special badge. Limit one for each person. Event Information ? Festival Dates: Saturday, December 22, 2018 ~ Sunday, January 20, 2019* ? Hours: 10:00am ~ 5:30pm (Last Admission 5:00pm)** ? Location: Hirakata Park Event Hall I & II (1-1 Hirakata-cho Town Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture 573-0054) ? Access: 3 Minutes on Foot From Keihan Railways Hirakata-koen Station * Hirakata Park will be closed from Tuesday, January 8th ~ Friday the 11th and Tuesday, January 15th ~ Friday the 18th. **Monday, January 7, 2019 hours are 10:00am ~ 5:00pm (Last Admission 4:30pm). Organizer: Ultraman Festival in Hirakata Park Executive Committee Sponsorship: Bunkyo Studio Co., Ltd., Ultraman World M78 Live Stage Production Cooperation: Fujitsu Batteries Cooperation: MBS, TV Osaka, Sankei Shimbun, Shogakukan, Kodansha Ticket Information Advance Ticket Adult (Junior High School Student and Older): 1,900 yen (Tax Included) Advance Ticket Children (3 Years Old to Elementary School Student): 1,200 yen (Tax Included) Walk-up Ticket Adult (Junior High School Student and Older): 2,100 yen (Tax Included) Walk-up Ticket Children (3 Years Old to Elementary School Student): 1,400 yen (Tax Included) Advance Ticket Adult with Hirataka Park Admission: 2,800 yen (Tax Included) Advance Ticket Children with Hirataka Park Admission: 1,700 yen (Tax Included) Walk-up Ticket Adult with Hirataka Park Admission: 3,000 yen (Tax Included) Walk-up Ticket Children with Hirataka Park Admission: 1,900 yen (Tax Included) Tickets available from Lawson Ticket.

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    About Tsuburaya Productions

    Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has created dozens of heroes and other characters, including Ultraman, who have been loved from generation to generation. The base for the company was Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research, which was launched by the Japanese “Father of Special Effects” Eiji Tsuburaya. After showing his skill and making a name for himself working on many monster movies and special effects laden fantasy science films, in 1963 Tsuburaya incorporated Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research and established Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. in order to advance further research and development of special effects technologies and release visual works that could be enjoyed by a wider audience. The company has continued to maintain Eiji Tsuburaya’s policies even after his death. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, and it continues its work to this day. Currently, the company carries out activities including production of works for television, original video works, and films for theatrical release; licensing of owned characters’ content; development of various products; event planning and live staged events that bring out the maximum appeal of its owned characters, and development of facilities that handle related items.

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