"SNOW MIKU" is the character who enlivens the wintery Hokkaido.
The design is based on "a pure white snow sculpture of 'Hatsune Miku,'" that was created for "Sapporo Snow Festival 2010." Since then, a "SNOW MIKU" festival using "SNOW MIKU" as a main character has been held in Hokkaido every year.
The costume design for "SNOW MIKU" is selected in an online competition on different themes every year, and the theme for 2018 is "the animal with the image of Hokkaido snow."
"SNOW MIKU" will liven up Hokkaido this winter, together with all of you creators, as it has done for several years!
"Rabbit Yukine" is a character as a pet of "SNOW MIKU" and was designed using lepus timidus ainu (a kind of mountain hare) as a motif.
It was born by being chosen as "SNOW MIKU"'s pet, the character based on animals in winter of Hokkaido, from among the public. "Rabbit Yukine" livens up wintery Hokkaido with "SNOW MIKU".
The “SNOW MIKUs” of past years are lined up in their order of appearance.“SNOW MIKU” since 2012 and “Rabbit Yukine” since 2014 have been enlivening Hokkaido winters with various costumes on different themes every year.
SNOW MIKU 2012 Original costume designed by Nanaka / SNOW MIKU 2013 Original costume designed by Nijita / SNOW MIKU 2014 Original costume designed by dera_fury / SNOW MIKU 2015 Original costume designed by taran / Rabbit Yukine 2015 Original costume designed by hayuki / SNOW MIKU 2016 and Rabbit Yukine 2016 Original costume designed by otogi kotatu / SNOW MIKU 2017 Original costume designed by Nishina / Rabbit Yukine 2017 Original costume designed by LF / Rabbit Yukine Originally designed by nekosumi / Product pictures provided by Good Smile Company
A public competition was held for the costume design in a "Piapro official collaboration", on the posting & collaboration site "piapro." Just like last year, the winning design was chosen by online voting. The design was supported by both domestic and international fans.
SNOW MIKU 2018 and Rabbit Yukine 2018 Original costume designed by Taichadon
The official illustration of "SNOW MIKU 2018" is drawn by Yasumo.
The shrine maiden costume with the red-crowned Japanese crane as a motif, is expressed in a delicate artwork. Standing in the snowy Hokkaido scene with dignity, this year's "SNOW MIKU" is mysterious and somewhat fragile.
illustration by Yasumo
Words : TOKOTOKO
Music : TOKOTOKO
"Hatsune Miku" is "singing software" and "the character of the package" developed by Crypton Future Media, INC. whose head office is in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
"Hatsune Miku" became hugely popular as users have posted their songs and videos on the Internet. "Hatsune Miku" also gathers attention as a virtual singer character and is active in various fields, for example, merchandising development and live performance at home and abroad.
*"Kagamine Rin", "Kagamine Len", "Megurine Luka", "MEIKO" and "KAITO" are also virtual singers developed by Crypton Future Media, INC.
illustration by KEI