In Brief

Eat curries and throw back cocktails inspired by a singing, digital avatar who tops Japanese pop charts more often than living stars.

Tokyo City View in Rappongi, Tokyo has created a pop-up cafe called Miku Café in honor of Hatsune Miku, the singing, digital avatar of the vocal synthesizing application Vocaloid. Celebrating the character and the fan-created songs and videos that have made her famous, the café is a rare living testament to the star who has never even been alive.

Miku was created in 2006 by software company Crypton Future Media to personify the Vocaloid, a production tool that pieces together as many as twenty different voice tracks to create a single singing voice with a high production, studio sound.

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