Dezome-Shiki: New Years Firefighter Show

The Firefighter demonstration in Osaka is held at the beginning of every year. The word “dezome” (出初め) means “first outing” and “shiki” (式) means “ritual.”

At this event, cities present demonstrations of their fire department’s capabilities. This includes dress parades, PR interactions and disaster drills.

Representatives of various firefighting groups in Osaka gathered at ATC (a port area with a shopping mall and government offices) for the 2017 dezome-shiki. They presented drills with firefighters hosing down a mock house fire, performing CPR, loading ambulances and scaling obstacles. They used helicopters to demonstrate rooftop evacuations and retrieving overboard sailors from the sea. As a major port city, Osaka also employs firefighting ships which demonstrated their abilities by mixing colored dye with the jets of water they deploy.

Some places (such as Yokohama) have performances of traditional fire brigades who show off their acrobatic stunts with bamboo ladders.

Historically, fires have been a manor threat to Japanese society. In the Edo-era huge populations crowded into cities of densely built and very flammable architecture.



 

“Circle of Saviors” – VR arcade game

“Circle of Saviors” an arcade VR game where you bash ogres and crystals. The Club Sega arcade, in HEP FIVE, near Osaka station, provides costumes and a green screen environment which is used to overlap camera input onto a 3rd person perspective from the game so that bystanders can see what is happening. The players wears a VR headset (HTC Vive) with two wireless hand controllers that sense when/how to swing weapons.