Yuichiro Katsumoto


Amagatana is an electronic play equipment to enjoy on the way home after the rain. When you swing it, Amagatana makes a sound of swords clashing. However, it seems to be just a plastic umbrella. Of course, it can be also used as a regular umbrella. Amagatana’s sound changes depending on your swing. You can also connect Amagatana to a MP3 player like iPod (TM). It’s pleasant to swing Amagatana in synchronization with your favorite music.

Yuichiro Katsumoto is a candidate for the PhD in Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance. His research field is an entertainment design for ubiquitous society. From 2004 to 2006, he researched a new entertainment which uses scents, and which was highly praised both at home and abroad. Recently, he has made toys to change our daily life into play. Amagatana is one of the solutions that bridge the gap between fiction and fact.