Next-Gen Musical Instrument KAGURA Takes Grand Prize at Sónar+D Startup Competition 2016

June 21, 2016 , Japan | SHIKUMI DESIGN Inc. won the Grand Prize at the Sónar+D Startup Competition 2016 for their next generation musical instrument, KAGURA. The ceremony took place at the Barcelona event on June 17th, and is the first time the award has gone to a participant from Asia. KAGURA was doubly honored by also receiving a special award from the global angel investor network Keiretsu Forum.


KAGURA won the Grand Prize with high marks for its user-oriented presentation approach, and also took home a special prize as the startup with the most potential for internationalization. A panel of 20 European entrepreneurs, investors and industry professionals choose winners based on not only on creativity and technology, but a wide range of criteria including the viability and scalability of the project. The results are on the Sónar+D Startup Competition website at


KAGURA is the musical instrument for a new age that turns your gestures into music. Creating and performing music are as simple as moving your body. From beginners to professional musicians, in the studio or on stage, KAGURA is the new music tool of choice.


“We are very happy to see Europe so highly value KAGURA for its ability to combine music and technology that transcends language and culture. With various collaborative offers coming into the project, this will be a big step for KAGURA to take it to the global stage.” –SHIKUMI DESIGN director and developer, Shunsuke Nakamura.


Coming off of the Sónar+D Startup Competition Grand Prize win momentum, KAGURA will to continue to push forward into the global market with the launch of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign this summer.


Free demo version (limited time availability) with sign up:
KAGURA (You Tube):
Dancers Perform KAGURA (You Tube):


Contact Information:
Tetsuhisa Nakamura (Manager)
TEL/FAX: (+81)92-474-0153

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Digital Signage Award Silver prize !


We got the Silver Award at Digital Signage Awards 2014!
Please check it here.

The awarded work was ” TRF 20th Anniversary Tour Live “! The live production collaboration with TRF’s!
Please check about it here.

The work was awarded for uniting the audiences and the music on stage in a creative interactivity.
Thank you for the opportunity and appreciating of our work.


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EdTech Camp Award First prize !


EdTech Camp Award took place on May 29 and in the “innovator department” Shunsuke was awarded the Excellence Innovator Award!

The two words “Education” and “Technology” were combined to as EdTech.
At the event companies like NTT DoCoMo Ventures, Microsoft, Benesse Corporation were co-hosting the EdTech Camp for the people who have and who are innovate using technology in education scene.
Presentation time was 5 minutes for each Speaker. Shunsuke used about half of the given time showing a video taken for his own daughter playing and creating with the new paintone.

Everyone was very impressed when they figured the girl of 2 years old is mastering the paintone, make happily works. It is a real great digital native generation. One of the judges comment “Please pass the trophy to daughter”.

paintone that was showed here will be released soon! More information, click here! (to get a notice of the release, please register your e-mail address!)

That’s not everything also at this event , at the “idea & Future Division” SHIKUMI DESIGN was a sponsor that presented an award called “mechanism design award”. The award was given to a Mr. Taniguchi a student from Nagano National Collage of technology.

The proposed program GUI environment to create a questionnaire that can feed programming thinking of “Qaramell”. We evaluated this program on how thinking happily using the friendly tool ! We were excited meeting such a thing for first time …! And looking forward to use it.

As for our new paintone, Please stay tuned!

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NICT Entrepreneurs’ Challenge

“Entrepreneur Expo”, is an event that announced a new business (products and services), ICT venture, business matching, business alliances and financing, market expansion and staffing across the country.
After getting the FBDC prize at “NICT Award” in last February we had the opportunity to represent Kyushu district this March at “Entrepreneur Expo”.

Shunsuke present and played “KAGURA for PerC” as usual. The audience reaction was more than satisfying for us, not only they liked it, but also they voted for our contents, and yes! We won the “Audience Award”! We got almost half of the audience votes ! Thank you all !

For more info about this event please check the report about it at NICT organizers site here (only Japanese).

At this stage we are thinking of giving everyone the opportunities to play and enjoy KAGURA for PerC. Please keep on going with us, we are working on these developments !




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“KAGURA for PreC” won the grand prize at Fukuoka Business Digital Contents Award 2014!
That’s not all! We got another 3 prizes!
The NICT Award ( Judge Award )
The Special Award ( DLE Award )
The Audience Award!

We are so honored and happy with these awards that support and inspire us to create more. We are truly looking forward to share our success and “KAGURA for PerC” with all of you.

Thank you all!





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Microsoft Innovation Award 2013


We got an award of excellence at Microsoft Innovation Award 2013!
More information is here.





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paintone iPad App got the Grand prix and Special prize of FUKUOKA BUSINESS DIGITAL CONTENTS AWARD 2013 !


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