Announcement

October 9, 2020
Canon Inc.

Canon and Goto City produce ultra-high-res 8K video!
See the World Heritage and natural beauty of Hisakajima Island and Narushima Island

Canon, with the cooperation of the city of Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture, has released a video in ultra-high-reoslution 8K that features the Villages on Hisaka Island and Egami Village (Egami Church and surrounding area) of Narushima Island, two of the twelve cultural assets comprising the "Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region," registered as a UNESCO World Heritages Site in 2018.

  • *Image quality varies depending on the playback device used to view the video
World Cultural Heritage – Hisakajima Island Village

World Cultural Heritage – Hisakajima Island Village
URL: https://youtu.be/ZMelBAToEzM

World Cultural Heritage – Egami Village, Narushima Island

World Cultural Heritage – Egami Village, Narushima Island
https://youtu.be/r1Z7_Wrm234

Video content was captured using Canon's 8K camera and rich lineup of EF Cinema lenses that span from wide-angle to telephoto. The incredibly precise details made possible by the high definition of 8K video, as well as the high dynamic range and wide color reproduction gamut of Canon's 8K camera are leveraged to great effect. With the creation of these videos, Canon aims to both contribute to tourism and local businesses in the region and record the precious cultural and natural beauty of Goto City in ultra-high resolution so that it may be shared with future generations. Canon has produced two 8K videos for this occasion, set on Hisakajima Island and Narushima Island, part of the Goto Islands collective World Heritage site. See for yourself and experience the captivating beauty of the Goto Islands!

How to view the videos

In addition to the URLs written above, these videos can be viewed on an 8K display located in the Goto City Hall Building from 13:00 to 17:00 on Saturday, October 10. In addition, starting on October 10, the videos can be viewed in 4K at the Hisakajima Tourism Information Center, the 2nd floor of the Narushima Airport Terminal temporary World Heritage exhibit, Nagasaki Airport, the entrance of the Nagasaki Prefectural Hall and the Nagasaki Specialty Shop at the Nihonbashi Nagasakikan in Tokyo. In addition, Canon has also produced a short 3-minute video of the highlights from the 8K Hisakajima and Narushima videos, entitled "Goto Islands World Cultural Heritage – the Island of Prayer."
URL: https://youtu.be/AzLbZn4P8tM

Interview – What did you think of the 8K Goto Islands video?

Goto City Hall Staff

Goto City Hall Staff

  • The facial expressions are simply beautiful, especially of the woman in the white veil as she prays silently. The immersive detail of 8K video fully captures her emotion and creates a powerful image.
  • The ocean views are beautifully shot. Simply watching the video is quite soothing. Alongside the lush greenery of the mountains, I'm reminded of how beautiful the scenery here really is.
  • The 8K video produces elegant imagery that is truly captivating.
  • The video paints a lovely image of the islanders' everyday lives.
  • The starry sky above Hisakajima Island's Hamawaki Church was breathtaking. I hope that through this video, people in Japan and around the world will discover the rich history and culture of the Goto Islands.

Experience the power of 8K

The beautiful colors of the Goto Island seascapes, recreated by the rich expressiveness of Canon 8K technology

The beautiful colors of the Goto Island seascapes, recreated by the rich expressiveness of Canon 8K technology

Immersion and ambience like you’re actually there, made possible by ultra-high-resolution 8K

Immersion and ambience like you're actually there, made possible by ultra-high-resolution 8K

Shooting on location with Canon's 8K camera and 8K lens

Shooting on location with Canon’s 8K camera and 8K lens

Shooting on location with Canon’s 8K camera and 8K lens

Canon's approach to 8K

Using our proprietary optical and image-processing technologies, we are working to develop a wide selection of 8K equipment, including cameras, lenses and displays, that ranges from input to output. The 8K camera used to capture this footage employs an 8K sensor developed in-house and achieves a resolution of 8192 x 4320 pixels—four times that of 4K and sixteen times that of 2K—to realize ultra-high resolution, high dynamic range and wide color gamut that make possible visuals with substance, ambience and immersion that feels like viewers are actually there. In addition to equipment, we are also developing such technologies as the Free Viewpoint Video Solution, which realizes a truly immersive and realistic experience.

About Goto City and Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

Goto City, the westernmost point of Kyushu, is located approximately 100 km off the west coast of Nagasaki Prefecture. The city itself is on the southwest end of the Goto Islands, which comprises a total of 152 islands of various sizes, and spans an area of approximately 420.1 km2 that includes 11 populated islands and 52 unpopulated islands. The locations that make up the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region, registered as a World Cultural Heritage in 2018, represent a history not seen anywhere else of the communities that secretly practiced and spread Christianity during Japan's prohibition of the religion from the 17th to 19th centuries. This cultural heritage shows how hidden communities of Christians, on these isolated islands off the coast of western Japan, continued to practice their religion in secret while appearing to lead ordinary lives as citizens and follow approved religions, and how these communities gradually declined after prohibitions were later lifted.

The 12 sites comprising the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

The 12 sites comprising the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

【Minamishimabara】Remains of Hara Castle
【Hirado】Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado (Kasuga Village and Mt. Yasumandake)
【Hirado】Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado (Nakaenoshima Island)
【Amakusa】Sakitsu Village in Amakusa
【Nagasaki】Shitsu Village in Sotome
【Nagasaki】Ono Village in Sotome
【Sasebo】Villages on Kuroshima Island
【Ochiga】Remains of Villages on Nozaki Island
【Shinkamigoto】Villages on Kashiragashima Island
【Goto】Villages on Hisaka Island
【Goto】Egami Village on Naru Island (Egami Church and its Surroundings)
【Nagasaki】Oura Cathedral