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Hori Productions created Kyoko Date back in 1996. She didn't make much of an impact Japan. over the past 4 years sites about her have also disapeared.
There are 2 Kyoko Date CD Singles out.
Love Communication has CD-Extra Material.
This Page is from an archive I made back in 1997.

What does someone do with a failed virtual performer? they get sold to anyone how want her.

Her new name ? Diki a Virtual Idol in Korea.
Diki - Home Page -its a few years old I dunno if she caught on in Korea either.

Kinda funny I have a better image archive of Kyoko that the people at the Diki Site.

More Kyoko Date Images
 
Date Kyoko: Personal Profile
Place of Birth Fussa, Tokyo, Japan
Height 162 cm (still growing)
Measurements 83-56-82 cm
Foot Size 23.5 cm
Eyesight 0.2 (left), 0.3 (right) - Normally wears glasses
Horoscope Sign Scorpio
Blood Type A
Favorite Flower Snowdrop
Favorite Colors White and black
Favorite Movie "Toy Story"
Favorite Artists Mariah Carey, TLC, Enya
Favorite Actors Christian Slater, Kyozo Nagatsuka
Favorite Part of Own Body Waist (joke!)
Preferred Type of Man Goku in "Dragon Ball"(Japanese cartoon series)
Items Wish to Have PHS and digital camera
Favorite Town Fussa
First Love A boy with initial "M" who was in the same soccer club when Kyoko was in her third grade. He was in 
the fifth grade.
Childhood Dream To be a private detective (like in old American TV shows)
Present Adoration Tortoise Matsumoto of Ulfuls(Japanese Band)
Favorite Fashion for Boys Doesn't matter if it looks good on the person.
Dream Place for First Date The Kasai Aquarium.
Favorite Hang-Out
 
 

Seiryumon (Chinese restaurant in Yoga) Kyoko was born as the first daughter of the couple who runs a sushi bar in Fussa in Tokyo. The restaurant is a popular hang-out for the American soldiers stationed at the Yokota Air Base. Her 40-year-old father loves the Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and the regulars from the Base fondly call their favorite sushi bar the "Harley Sushi." 

Kyoko's 41-year-old mother helps her husband run the restaurant of which she is more or less a symbol. Kyoko also has a 15-year-old sister. Kyoko grew up in athletic environment. She played soccer until she graduated from junior high school and is now taking boxing lessons to keep fit and improve her sense of rhythm. She also loves dancing and drawing.

Hobby  Kyoko collects sneakers as hobby and likes to spend her time learning foreign languages and taking photographs.
Favorite Food Kyoko loves to eat anything sweet---especially chocolate---and to chew gums, but she does not eat steamed rice with raw egg on top (common dish as a simple meal in Japan).
 DK-96 Interview
 Q. When did you encounter a computer for the first time?
 
DK: A computer? The first computer that I used was a desktop Mac that Dad brought home 2 or 3 years ago. I also had a Nintendo Super Famicon when I was in elementary school. The cash register at our sushi bar had an LCD monitor, and so, I did not have any special feeling about encountering a computer for the first time. Dad probably bought the Mac to calculate the salaries for his employees and keep books, but he mostly used it to play games with me, to draw pictures, or to communicate via Nifty-Serve instead of using it for business. I used to play with the Mac, but now I have a Windows 95 machine and use that to netsurf. I don't have any special purpose for it. 
DK-96 Interview
 
 DK-96 Interview
 Q. How did you then get into the personal computer?
 
DK: Get into the personal computer? You don't mean I literally get "inside" it. When you communicate through your computer, you might feel as if your partner were in the personal computer. It would be quite scary if someone were really inside a personal computer, don't you think? Anyone who thinks that I am "non-existent" because I am a virtual idol may believe that I exist only in the personal computer or in the world of computer graphics. But those who think that Kyoko Date is someone they can relate to may believe that I am like a pen pal people used to have when it was cool to have pen pals. Kind of like a creature living in people's hearts. It's hard to explain. 
DK-96 Interview
 
 DK-96 Interview
 Q. Japan is currently evolving as a computer society at a rapid pace. How are you personally dealing with the computer society of today?
 
DK: Is computer something extraordinary? It isn't that you are great because you know how to use a computer, or you are not great if you cannot use one. Speaking of how I am dealing with it, the refrigerator, microwave oven, and PDA, for example, have computers inside, don't they? Computer, therefore, seems like something for granted. I don't think of it as "dealing with the computer" or something complicated like that. It is something that is there even if you don't know it. 
 
DK-96 Interview
 DK-96 Interview
 Q. What made you decide to get in to show business?
 
DK: My character itself was spotted working in Lotteria near the Fussa Station by somebody at HoriPro. You know that all these character from computer games are really popular now, and so this man from HoriPro said: "With the best CG technology available today, we will create the fist CG idol in the world. You will be bigger than Chun Li, Sarah or Laura!!" I sort of get tickled by it.
DK-96 Interview
 
DK-96 Interview
 Q. Could you tell us some interesting episode about yourself that exactly represents your character. For instance, your mother has told you that sukiyaki is made with pork when you were young, and you has not had any second thought about it until one day your friend tells you sukiyaki is made with beef. To hide your embarrassment, you tell your friend that you don't like beef, and since then, you insist on pork for sukiyaki. Something like that.
 
DK: My voice is somewhat childish, but I am more like a boy. When I was younger, I used to play with kids from the Gaijin House around the Gaijin Forest (now kids call it Emeron Forest) in the neighborhood. I always got my clothes all dirty with mud. I also played soccer until I was in junior high. I am now learning how to box as part of rhythm practice and diet. Dad often goes to a Yakitori place called "Bonchi" near the Fussa Station. The old man there who is definitely over 70 is a former boxer ,and he can still do push-ups with one arm. I was always impressed by him and wanted to be strong even when I get old. In junior high, whenever I see someone getting beaten up, I ran for rescue. My mother thought it is not a girl-like thing to do, but Dad thought it was cute.
DK-96 Interview
 
 DK-96 Interview
 Q. Do you have any artist you look up to or someone you some day wish to be like? Also, please tell us about your plan for the near future.
 
DK: I don't have any idol of mine because I am in CG. Like singers, actresses, characters out of animated films and voice actors, Virtual Idol is a new category. Therefore, I first want the people to know who Kyoko Date DK-96 is. As to the near future, I will be in a TV ad and release a CD this coming fall.
DK-96 Interview


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"The Date Kyoko DK-96 project is definately one of the more unique ideas to surface within the japanese music entertainment industry in recent times, seemingly capturing the interests of several and the hearts of many. The idea in the project is quite an ambitious one, in that the developers and minds behind "DK" (digital kids) wanted to create what they considered to be the ideal idols combined with the vocal talents of a singer, graceful movements of a dancer, and the personalities to bestow it the qualities that many seek for.
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" Being the first of this project, I was quite impressed at what Horipro, Virtual Science Labs, and JVC Records had accomplished as of yet with Date Kyoko DK-96. The developers placed much priority and attention to detail and it is quite evident; and with the rapid progressive advancement of 3D technology, it should not be surprising to see future digital kids to be generated in a realtime environment.

 The vocal talent behind Date Kyoko DK-96 has an almost natural style to jpop, which I felt was sufficient enough to be releasing her own cd debut without being masked by Date Kyoko's imagery. The 2nd official cd single titled Touch was originally scheduled to be released earlier in summer 97, but it was unfortunately pushed back to an unannounced date as of yet - reasons are currently rumored that it may have been delayed due to the development of DK-97 which has been commented for a spring 98 debut. "

 

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Her main computer graphics designers are Tatsuya Kosaka, Toshihiro Aramaki and Tomoya Tomadechi. 

Daughter of showbiz...

Kyoko likes manga and drawing. Her favourite actors are Christian Slater and Kyozo Nagazuka. She is a singer, but also works part-time in a fast-food restaurant. She also speaks some foreign languages. 
Her parents have a restaurant in Tokyo (but I haven't been able to find out if she works there.) She has a sister who is one year younger than she. Her biography is about to be published (in Japanese,
unfortunately), and she has already released a series of singles. 

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