LINE gains huge popularity in Indonesia. According to Tempo.co (2017, February 21) the chat app that features a bunch of fabulous stickers from anime characters, TV & movie stars, games, currently hit singers until cute baby like Tatan is used by 90 million people, making it as one of the most popular chat apps in the country. 

What’s so special about LINE? 
Is it the eye-catching and somehow humorous stickers they produce?
What if you get a chance to explore more about LINE right from its Headquarter in Japan?

Starting LINE Competition is a competition which aims to maximize the potentials of Indonesia’s young generation and their community, especially among college students, by using LINE app. The competition was held from August to November last year. There were 5 champions to win a free 5-day experiential journey to Tokyo, Japan with VOOYA. And the 5 chosen university students were: Aldi Riandana (Universitas Mulawarman), Hilman Saputra (Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya), I Gusti Made Surya Dwipayana (STMIK Stikom Bali), Siti Ahmaniar (Universitas Diponegoro), and Vina Nurviani (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia).
Not only gained the privilege to enjoy the attractions of Tokyo, with Vooya’s experiential journey, the winners would also have an opportunity to experience first-hand the sensation of learning multidisciplinary subjects from the experts across multiple disciplines from social science, arts, culture, and sports to discover their passions. During the five-day experiential journey from 11-15 February 2018, they will undergo several amazing workshops.

Duel with Sumo Wrestlers

With the power of Chankonabe, Surya tried his best to defeat the Rikishi. Photo: Vooya

On February 12, 2018, as their first experiential journey menu, the winners visited a Chankonabe (Japanese traditional stew for Sumo wrestlers) restaurant. While enjoying their bowl of Chankonabe, they could watch a sumo match performed by two Rikishi (professional Sumo wrestlers), which was one of the restaurant’s attractions. Not only that they also had a chance to learn everything about Sumo from its history, the life of Sumo wrestlers, until the rules of Sumo match.
After having an insight about Sumo, each winner was allowed to duel with one of the two Rikishi, to have a real experience on Sumo match. Wearing Mawashi-look-alike costumes, a costume that looks like Rikishi belt, the five winners seemed ecstatic performing every technique and move instructed by the Rikishi.

Striking Taiko in Asakusa

Remember the sequence, feel the rhythm, hold the Bachi tightly, make a great harmony. Photo: Vooya

Done with Sumo training, the winners headed to the next experiential journey destination, the Taiko-Lab Asakusa. They would learn how to be a Taiko drummer at one of the most notable Taiko center in Japan. Taiko is a traditional Japanese percussion instrument, or to simply put, it is the name for traditional Japanese drum usually played during special occasions such as cultural festivals and religious ceremonies.

In the first session of this Taiko workshop, the winners got a lecture about the history and philosophy of Taiko. After the lecture, they started learning the basic technique of Taiko. They learned that playing Taiko is not only about power, it requires feeling and concentration in order to produce a harmonic sound while striking the Taiko.

At last, with the Bachi (Taiko stick) on each hand and under the instruction of the trainer, the winners were ready to show their skill on playing Taiko.

Drinking Matcha Tea with Yukata

Sitting on Tatami in serenity of The Way of Tea. Photo: Vooya

The next experiential journey menu was Yukata Wearing & Tea Ceremony on February 13, 2018. In this workshop, the winners learned about the history, philosophy, and how to wear Yukata (a light cotton kimono) properly.

After wearing their Yukata, they moved to the next session of the workshop – the Japanese tea ceremony. The Way of Tea, another name for Japanese tea ceremony, is considered as a sacred ceremony in Japan. Each winner followed the whole instructions accordingly, from the way on preparing the utensils, how to make the tea, how to pour the tea into the bowl, how to hold the bowl, until the etiquette of drinking the tea.

Enjoying a hot bowl of Matcha tea while wearing Yukata would make an unforgettable memory of a journey to Japan.

Doing Stock Trading at Tokyo Stock Exchange

Predicting the perfect timing. Photo: Vooya

On February 14, the winners were able to feel the atmosphere of a stock market at Tokyo Stock Exchange. During this Finance at Tokyo Stock Exchange workshop, the winners learned about market trend analysis – monitoring news and predicting the best timing to sell or buy stock.

In the last session, the winners had the opportunity to conduct a stock trading simulation to experience the vibe of being a stockbroker.

Making Totoro Bento

The winners continued their experiential journey to Washacook, a famous cooking class for foreigners located in Shinjuku specializes in Japanese homemade cuisines.

Knowing the culture through the arts of homemade cuisine. Photo: Vooya

During this Character Bento Cooking Class, each winner could experience first-hand the Japanese way of making boxed lunch, Bento. Using the fresh ingredients of the season such as cutting seaweed, sheet of cheese, rice ball, sausage, egg, and broccoli, they competed to creatively designed their Bento to form the face of Totoro.

Totoro is an iconic forest-spirit character from the academy award for-best-animated movie winner Spirited Away. Photo: Vooya

LINE HQ Visit

This was the most anticipated part of this experiential journey.

On February 15, 2018, the last day of the tour, the five Starting LINE Competition 2017 winners had a chance to feel the ambiance of LINE Headquarter. With the company of a guide, the winners strolled around every single corner of the place where Brown and Coni were born.

The iconic LINE-sticker characters on every corner of LINE HQ. Photo: Vooya

After enjoying the unique view of LINE HQ, seeing the big sculpture of LINE iconic-sticker characters and variety of cute souvenirs, the winners entered a workshop session on how [email protected] in Japan works continued with a talk show on the career prospect in the digital world.

They've got a lot to share once arrive in Indonesia. Photo: Vooya

And it was a wrap!

The five winners had accomplished their voyage of passion. To confirm that they had successfully through the 5-day of experiential journey, they would undertake their graduation ceremony held in LINE HQ.

Graduation of Vooyagers. Every experiential journey participant is called the Vooyager. Photo: Vooya

Wow! What a journey!

Not merely for some sightseeing, during the experiential journey with VOOYA, the five Startling LINE Competition 2017 winners retained a wildly different tour sensation where they could explore and get hands-on learning experience across multiple disciplines.

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