Kandu, theme park for experiencing various types of jobs, opened within AEON Mall Makuhari Shin Toshin on Dec 20. The park, the first in Japan, introduces 35 venues which can be enjoyed by all generations. It also houses a restaurant with 530 seats, the largest in Japan. The concept of the park was created by Luis Javier Laresgoiti, the same creator of Kidzania.
One can enter the facility through the hall imaged after the lab created by a fictitious inventor Duke Julian Sagamond. The hall is also an entrance to another world.
The facility consists of 6 main areas. La Piazza, surrounded by Orangina and JINS, is the reproduction of houses and streets in Italy with a huge tree in the center. The highlight is the fashion corner sponsored by Onward Kashiyama. Visitors can pretend to be fashion models and wear specially designed costumes and take lessons as “professional models.”
The “French Quarter” consists of red buildings including those of Knorr by Ajinomoto, Mainichi Newspapers and medical venues such as dental care and newborn nursing. At the “Magic Village,” venues by housing corporation Shinshowa and bouldering by Gulliver is available. Visitors can rehearse lines and act in plays at the Kandu Theater.
At the “American Diner” imaging US diners from the 50s, a radio station by Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc. and an art academy by ZEBRA CO., LTD. are available. In cooperation with the Chiba Prefectural Police, visitors can become police officers to patrol the city and report back to the station where a prison is also set-up. At the “Cosmic Zone,” a lab by FUJITSU exhibiting robots and a control room by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency for experiencing the blastoff of a rocket are featured. Japan Airlines sets up a large screen for marshallers and a flight simulator at its venue.
“We don’t want the facility to be a pure entertainment spot. We want to manage it as an educational facility. The place allows for people to willingly try out different types of jobs. It’s fun because it’s not forced,” explained Junichiro Koshi, the president of Kandu Japan, Inc.