Welcome to the Kyoto you may not know

My Hometown Project

Creating a database of human stories for tourism.

VR worlds will need human stories embedded in them to evolve.

Forever Kyoto 360

A new media project to experiment in immersive media for education and tourism.

Immersive media content from Kyoto and Japan to explore such as VR videos, augmented reality tours, and 360 photos from places of interest.

Powered by ARientation

An augmented learning platform created by Eric Hawkinson

Connecting digital contents to the real world for teaching and learning.

Shimogamo Light Show

Kamigamo Shrine Entrance

Creator of Forever Kyoto

Eric Hawkinson is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning. Eric is president and research coordinator of MAVR, a research group working in immersive technologies for teaching and learning, and more specifically, augmented and virtual realities in language learning. Eric's day job is at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies where he teaches courses and conducts research on issues related to technology in tourism and education. Eric also leads a team of interactive media designers for TEDxKyoto. Eric's projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive tech