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Theme: de-mosaic-ing

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February 2, 2013
11:00am - 6:30pm JST
(UTC +9hrs)
Tokyo, 13

This year’s theme “de-mosaic-ing” challenges us to find new light in our everyday life. The speakers will highlight things that we may have been missing in many areas; things that we’ve overlooked, been blind-sided by, or were simply unaware of. Burdened by daily routines and social norms, our creative minds have been confined; if we become observant of our surroundings and become more aware, we can sharpen our perspectives and keep our stories current. Lessons we can learn from this process will help us blaze a trail to our dreams and guide us to favorable direction.

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Aoyama Astudio
Tokyo, 13
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Ranshou Fujima

At the age of 4, Ranshou became a disciple of Fujima-style, one of the Japanese traditional dance that was developed based on Kabuki dance. At 9, Ranshou became an apprentice under Master Rankei Fujima and Master Rankoh Fujima. Ranshou majored in Japanese Dance in the department of Traditional Japanese Music, Tokyo University of the Arts and graduated in 2006. She officially got qualified as an instructor of Fujima-style in 2009. The Japanese traditional culture has gradually become more distant from us. In order to keep it closer to our daily life, Ranshou aims to widely present the dance in a more casual way. Under the guidance of Master Rankei and Master Rankoh, Ranshou plans to hold a stage, “Ranshou’s gathering”, in Sapporo in October 2013. She also plans to open classes in both Tokyo and Sapporo from February.

Kazutaka Kurihara

Winner of the 2012 Ig Nobel prize – an award sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for weird and humorous scientific discoveries. As a researcher that specializes in “controversial experiments”, Kurihara creates different interactive systems that are a bit out of the norm, for example, “CinemaGazer”, a system for watching video at a very high speed. Linguistic information is essential for understanding movie contents. The effect of the CinemaGazer is to increase the playback speed to a very high rate with segments where no one is speaking, and increase the playback speed to a reasonable rate during segments where someone is speaking. This will allow humans to consume more content without sacrificing the entertainment values of the movies. The “Geoface Project” is to automatically detect face-like structures on Google Map using OpenCV face-recognition technologies. Out of all of Kurihara’s current invention, the SpeechJammer got the most attention. Kurihara invented “The SpeechJammer” as a device that disrupts a person’s speech by repeating his or her own voice at a delay of a few hundred milliseconds. This effect can disturb people without any physical discomfort, and disappears immediately by stop speaking.

Kensei Dhojima

At age 14, Kensei started to study anatomy because he thought “I can be a world number one if I start things that people usually do in university!” He has self-educated about mind and body. After high school, he left for the US, and then took a license of a practitioner back in Japan. At the age of 22, he established a clinic business. Based on Eastern medicine and technique of body, he treats every disease with unconventional and original style adaptation of Western medicine and Nine Star Ki Astrology. This style draws heavy support. Currently, as a hospital director of clinic “心美体” based mainly in Nagoya and Tokyo, he is busy with therapy and correction of posture. His patients include everyone from top executives, a superb athlete to celebrities. He is also the organizer of Green drinks NAGOYA project.

Aya Ohzeki

Aya Ohzeki aspired to become an entrepreneur ever since she was a junior high school student. At age 14, she surpassed all her cometitors and set a new record as the youngest person to win the business competition in two categories. Aya is determined to carve out her own path amongst big corporations. During the Cool Biz movement, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment (MOE) began a campaign in summer 2005 to help reduce electric consumption by limiting the use of air conditioning. Aya felt that business people with dress shirt and no tie was shapeless and “uncool”. This led to the research and development of “Noble Tie”, a brand-new neckwear that can be used in Cool Biz. She launched her own business at 17. Her brand concept is “Sophisticated design, excellent functionality and originality.” Her product was introduced as a Japanese team official uniform and exhibition creation in Master Tailors 2011 in Italy. In 2012, she founded house brand, “Aya Ohzeki”. With the view toward her dream to become Coco Chanel of this era, she is working hard to expand her brand globally.

Rie Yamazaki

Rie entered the School of Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University in 2008. Rie took part in the “Lab-Atelier” program, in which she carried out some projects with various social stakeholders in academia, private and public sectors over 3 years. She was responsible for advertising the programme; she promoted movies like Norwegian Wood, A Crowd of Three, and the original book of Gō, one of the famous NHK Taiga drama series, through SNSs such as Twitter and Facebook. Rie’s experience led her to realize that she did not want to become an ordinary corporate person but to work more independently, using her personality as a business tool. Rie jointly established with her colleagues. She is currently working as a planner, promoting various kinds of events and TV advertisements. With her personal motto, “Be the one I want to be”, Rie never gives up to explore her potential and make her life even more exciting!

Chiharu Hatakeyama

Her experience of studying abroad in Canada broadened Chiharu’s horizons. It was full of encounters with different ways of living in different culture. After her internship at, a web magazine media company promoting sustainable lifestyle, Chiharu began working for a film distributor that supports NGOs and NPOs. While working, she grew vegetables in a small field next to the office in Chiba. She visited eco-villages in Australia and India on her business trips and experienced the sustainable way of living firsthand. After her internship at, a web magazine media company promoting sustainable living, she began working for a film distributor that support NGO/NPO. 
The 2011 Tohoku earthquake made Chiharu realize the vulnerability of mass production and mass consumption-based lifestyle. She started her attempt of “creating her own life by herself”. As part of the initiative, She learned animal slaughter. The video clips on her blog, which showed the actual slaughters of animals such as duck, deer and wild boar, widely generated reactions, as they were re-tweeted thousands of times. Chiharu has regularly organised “slaughter workshops” as an opportunity for both adults and kids to seriously think about what life means. 

Chiharu currently lives in Fukuoka and aspires to create a share house with a croft and poultry farm.


If you happen to stroll around Shibuya on a busy night, you may find a crowd gathering in front of a man wearing flashy LED lights, putting a light show with funky, electronic music. “OBSNVSR” is the SOLO band of Shingo Ohno with futuristic, digital, dance music. The artist uses 80s’ drumming and synthetic sounds made from the CASIO synthetic guitar “DG-1″ to improvise on the spot.The name OBSNVSR is a combination of “Obasan, which means middle-aged women in Japanese (OBSN)” and “sun visor (VSR)”. With that, sun visor and LED goods became the official costume for “OBSNVSR”. The artist is also the art director of “W+K Tokyo”. “OBSNVSR” is another project that he’s experimenting along with his other one-man band, Merce Death.

Iori Tomita

Fascinated by the process of preserving dying specimens through the scientific method called “transparent specimen” in his university class, Iori began to create works on his own. He entered a company in Tokyo after graduation, but soon he quit. He continued to create works while working as an apprentice for the fishermen in Ohfunato-shi, Iwate.He has made a career of transforming carcasses into glowing art works. ” Transparent specimens” are far different from ordinary specimens. They more vividly exhibit the beauty of animal structure. In 2009, his work was introduced by the well-known scientific magazine, “Newton”. He also published his first photographic collection “New World Transparent specimens”. His work has become more global. In 2010, Iori hold a one-man exhibition at the Kinokuniya Book Store, New York. Moreover, Iori’s work was displayed at “Art fair Taipei” in November 2012.

Natsumi Hashimoto

In December 2011, a typhoon hit the Cagayan de Oro city in southern Philippines. Though the disaster was not widely broadcasted in Japan, Natsumi Hashimoto’s university friend saw posts about the grieviances on social media, and immediately flew to the site to help restructure Cagayan de Oro. Struck by his act of kindness, Natsumi felt that there must be a message to be delivered to teenagers in the world to spead good causes. Her film “Know, and Change” was awarded a grand prize in UNITED FOR PEACE FILM FESTIVAL 2012. Natsumi continues to make documentary films facilitates more active conversations. She is also a facilitator for study tour project between Philippines and Japan. The Kuya Fish Campaign bridges people to visit the site and support the damage of disaster in Philippine.

Ken Endo

Endo received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Keio University in Japan. In 2005, he started to work on human biomechanics and development of transtibial prosthesis as a PhD student at Biomechatronics group, MIT Media Lab. He received his PhD degree in 2012. At the same time, he taught a course to develop orthopedic devices for developing countries as an instructor of MIT D-lab. Currently, he works on human physical augmentation with robotic technology as an associate researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories. He is also a director of D-Leg targeting design and dissemination of appropriate orthopedic technology, and a president of See-D which organizes an appropriate technology business workshop and contest. Endo was chosen as one of the world’s most outstanding innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review in 2012.

Organizing team


Kanagawa, Japan
  • Yusuke Suzuki
    Project Lead
  • Mitsuo Yoshizawa
    Technical Director
  • Kazuwo Kawamura
    Video Team Lead
  • Megumi Mori
    Participant Curation/Catering
  • Kaz Tsujii
    Supporter Team/Catering
  • Yasuaki Tojo
    Supporter Team
  • Keiko Mandai
    Supporter Team/Catering
  • Shun Kawakami
    Art Director
  • Daisuke Yano
    Lighting Design Lead
  • Nicole Zhang
    Social Media
  • Yuji Murata
    Supporter Team/Catering
  • Yuki Tanaka
    Participant Curation
  • Misato Yoshida
    Participant Curation
  • Yusuke Takada
    Floor Manager
  • Marty Chen
  • Taisuke Mino
  • Akiko Kano
    Speaker Curation
  • Yosuke Kitabayashi
    Speaker Curation
  • Yoshiaki Kawashima
    Supporter Team
  • Masato Nagumo
    Space Design Lead
  • Kensuke Fujishiro
    Space Design
  • Tsuyoshi Okumura
    Post Production
  • Yuki Hirabayashi
    Web master
  • Max Takano
    Video Team
  • Ryuma Ikeda
    Presentation Material Creation
  • Tomoyo Akasaka
    Lighting Operation
  • Hiroki Orita
    Lighting Operation
  • Naoya Oshiro
    Sound Engineer
  • Hideaki Takahashi
    Sound Composer
  • Kanta Takeuchi
    Motion Graphic Designer