While hologram technology has certainly made strides, for example enabling dead musicians from 2Pac, Michael Jackson, Billie Holiday, Roy Orbison and Amy Winehouse to go on tour, or a circus in Germany to do away with animals in an effort to end animal cruelty, we have yet to see the kind of immersive holograms animating city streets as seen in cyberpunk science fiction films.

Tokyo new crosswalk style

In his latest video project, which he has entitled "Tokyo new crosswalk style," motion graphic designer Takayuki Yoshida imagines a Japanese city crosswalk at night which looks like it could fit into a scene of Blade Runner 2049.

Whether through holograms or some other form of image projection technology yet to be invented (or at least practically implemented), the traffic signal and the crosswalk itself is alive with colorful digital signage:

In addition to English phrases like: "Stop," "Danger" and "Wait," we can see the equivalents in Japanese written in both kanji and katakana, not to mention the unyielding glare of a Kabuki actor in kumadori makeup, the traditional symbol used by Japanese police for crime-prevention, known as bōhan no me 防犯の目 (literally, "the eyes of crime prevention").

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Also reminiscent of science fiction films like Blade Runner, Japanese and Chinese iconography are blended. Here, we can see both a Japanese style lantern (long and tapered with no fringes) in front of the crosswalk and two Chinese style lanterns (rounder and flatter with long decorative fringes) on the sides.

Takayuki Yoshida (@__Stew__)

The tweet containing the video has already garnered over 237,000 likes and 94,000 retweets at the time of writing.


Not surprisingly, the reactions to this awesome cyberpunk vision have been almost unanimously positive.

Here are few representative comments:

The way he seamlessly integrated the graphics with reality even fooled a few people into thinking this was an actual crosswalk somewhere in Tokyo, or a hoax, even though Yoshida's hashtags made it clear otherwise.

Takayuki Yoshida is no stranger to designing cool SF-like motion graphics. For example, this one called "Sci-Fi Loop":

Information on Takayuki Yoshida

In addition to graphic design, Takayuki Yoshida creates motion graphics for events, television shows and projection mapping projects.


By - Ben K.