Kickstarter Is Now Open to Creators in Japan

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日本のプロジェクトを世界に向けて。

Kickstarterは、日本のクリエイター向けにサービス提供を開始しました。アーティスト、作家、映画制作者、ミュージシャン、デザイナーなど、様々なクリエイターが世界に向けてプロジェクトを公開し、Kickstarterのグローバルコミュニティから、プロジェクト資金を募ることができるようになりました。

日本文化の象徴である、創造の精神と革新の伝統は、Kickstarterにも垣間見ることができます。8年前に創業して以来、300以上の日本のクリエイターが、日本以外の国のクリエイターとコラボレーションして、日本酒造りを追ったドキュメンタリー伝説のゲームデザイナーによるアクションゲーム、家族をつなぐコミュニケーションロボットなど、数々のプロジェクトを生んできました。また、約10万人もの日本のバッカーが、世界中のあらゆるクリエイティブなプロジェクトの実現を支援してきました。Kickstarterは、日本のクリエイターが、このクリエイティブなグローバルコミュニティに参加できることを心から歓迎します。

日本のクリエイターが、日本の銀行口座と身分証明書を使用してプロジェクトを立ち上げることができるようになったほか、Kickstarterのウェブサイトとモバイルアプリも日本語で使えるようになりました。また、カスタマーサポート、プロジェクトのレビューも、日本語で実施する体勢が整いました。Kickstarterは日本のコミュニティのニーズを常に汲み取り、改善を通じて、Kickstarterでの体験がより良いものになるように、サービスとサポートの向上に取り組みます。

Kickstarterを通じて、日本のクリエイターが創出する素晴らしいプロジェクトの数々を、楽しみにしています。まずは、本日からプロジェクトを開始した、以下のプロジェクトをご紹介します。

Ukiyo-e Heroes: Boss Fights

日本の伝統的芸術と、コンテンポラリーカルチャーを融合させた Ukiyo-e Heroes。ビデオゲームのキャラクターを木版画という伝統的な手法で制作。今回は「full of energy and conflict」という新シリーズの展開。

eOneBook

北斗の拳(究極版)全18巻を収録。読みながら日本語と英語の切り替えが可能な、画期的な電子書籍。

Maruhi Cup and Saucer

日常生活を少しだけ特別に。メッセージ、おもちゃ、お菓子を隠すことができる、秘密の部屋つきのカップ&ソーサー。

Space Editor

ヒンドゥー教の神、ブラフマーの神話に感化された、宇宙を創造するテーブルゲーム。

日本のクリエイターが公開中のプロジェクトをさがす

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As of today, we are officially open to creators in Japan.

Artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians, designers, and creators of all types can now launch projects and find support from Kickstarter’s global community of backers.

Japanese culture embodies a spirit of creativity and a tradition of innovation — characteristics that run deep within Kickstarter, too. Since our launch eight years ago, more than 300 creators in Japan have worked with collaborators in other countries to run Kickstarter projects, including a documentary about sake production, an action platformer from a legendary video game designer, and a toy robot that connects family members through voice messages. In the same time frame, nearly 100,000 backers from Japan have supported Kickstarter projects from all of our creative categories and from all over the world. Today we’re honored to build on this strong foundation by officially welcoming all creators from to Japan to join our community.

In addition to making it easy for creators in Japan to launch projects using their Japanese bank account and identification, we’ve made the Kickstarter site and mobile apps available in Japanese. We’re also providing customer support and project review in Japanese. Kickstarter is dedicated to supporting the needs of Japanese creators, and we will continue listening and improving the experience for the local community in Japan.

We can’t wait to see what Japanese creators bring to life on Kickstarter. To kick things off, explore a few outstanding projects from Japan that are live now:

Ukiyo-e Heroes: Boss Fights

Merging an ancient Japanese art form with contemporary culture, the creators of Ukiyo-e Heroes produce traditional Japanese woodblock prints depicting video game characters. They’ve returned to Kickstarter with a new series of artworks “full of energy and conflict.”

eOneBook

Toggle between Japanese and English text as you read this innovative ebook collecting all eighteen volumes of the 1980s manga series Fist of the North Star.

Maruhi Cup and Saucer

Designed to make everyday life “just a little more special,” this cup and saucer combo contains a secret compartment where you can hide a note, a toy, or a treat.

Space Editor

Players participate in the creation of the universe in this tabletop game inspired by the tale of the Hindu god Brahma.

Explore more live projects from creators in Japan here.

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