Need more holiday sales? Japan’s Kayac has entire web services available for acquisition



We have previously featured Japan-based developer Kayac, the team behind the Dominos Japan Hatsune Miku augmented reality app among many other fun digital productions. Kayac was founded back in 2005, and has been known for its distinctive creative digital works ever since [1].

Kayac participates in April Fool’s day pranks just like other tech companies in Japan and around the world. But it also holds an interesting end-of-year sale, or ‘Nenmatsu-Sale’. During this sale, many of Kayac’s mobile apps and web services go on sale. It’s not just a discount on apps, but they are selling entire web services to anyone willing to acquire them. This year’s sale began on December 27th, with a total of 12 services are waiting to be acquired.

One of the most expensive things up for sale is Kayac’s Q&A based music community service called ‘Ongakusuri’. It is available on iOS, Android, and on the web. Users on the site post their music-related questions, and other users can suggest music using Youtube videos. An example would be ‘Suggest songs that helps me with my long distance relationship’. Ongakusuri comes with a price tag of 15 million yen (or about $142,620).


Other services on sale include, a community for front-end engineers using HTML5, JavaScript, or CSS. This community, along with a social network for Flash creators called ‘Wonderfl’, can be purchased for 75 million yen. Fonta, a collaborative community where users upload their hand-written letters to create new fonts, is on sale for 300,000 yen.

Kayac also has nine smartphone apps up for sale for a more affordable price:

  • Music Party: an app that generates a playlist from playists on friend’s iPhones (1.5 million yen)
  • Lunch Chokin: lets you record and track your lunch spending (300,000 yen)
  • Calclock: a game where users try to complete a mathematical formula using the four digits on a clock (100,000 yen)

There are other unique but creepy (or ‘kimoi’ in Japanese) mobile apps such as Oshibori-Ningen and Kameleon Man on sale for 9,800 yen (or about $93). There is also a special offer where you can buy five Kimoi apps for 39,000 yen [2].

If you’re still looking to do some holiday shopping, Kayac’s list of products might be an interesting option.

Happy Holidays!

  1. The company celebrated its 15th anniversary this past August with a neat website.  ↩

  2. For this last price, the numbers 3 and 9 read ‘san-kyu’ in Japanese, which sounds like ‘thank you’.  ↩