Earth, Up Close
BBC Earth has brought to global audiences some of the most breathtaking nature footage and documentary presentations ever seen, from the mass migrations of Nature’s Great Events, to the awe-inspiring geographical cinematography of the Planet Earth miniseries, to the illumination of the oceans’ most unusual submerged life in Blue Planet. For those viewers who’ve always wished they could get even closer to the BBC’s more than 50 years worth of material, the time is nigh, with the broadcasting giant having teamed up with technology powerhouse SEGA to launch new interactive nature experience Orbi Yokohama.
Situated in the new Mark Is Minatomirai centre, Orbi’s big draw is its main theatre, where an enormous 40m-wide screen (one of the largest in the country) showcases BBC films edited exclusively for the attraction. The features are ‘supercharged’ by the simulation of weather conditions, smells, lighting and sound, and 12 adjoining walk-through ‘entertainment experiences’ subject visitors to all manner of environments on earth, from the deep sea and arctic, to the jungle and sky. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in the centre of a stampeding herd of wildebeest, you might first consider therapy, otherwise, to Orbi you go!