By Takamichi Asakawa and Yuka Matsumoto / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WritersFeaturing actors' expressions and movements but little to no dialogue, nonverbal theater is becoming an increasingly popular form of nigthtime entertainment in Japan as performers dazzle audiences with sophisticated feats and clever visual stunts.
These nonverbal productions — sometimes called physical theater — feature mimes and acrobats. Its popularity spans the globe, with Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group from North America and the South Korean slapstick cooking show Nanta among the best-known acts.
NEC Corp, NEC Networks & System Integration Corp and MX Mobiling Co Ltd (Koto-ku, Tokyo) will release a system that uses VR (virtual reality) and enables to experience fire extinguishing in September 2017.
The system, "VR Fire Extinguishing Experience Simulator," does not require special facilities for training fire-extinguishing techniques. Therefore, an emergency drill can be performed in various places both indoors and outdoors.