x = independently organized TED event

July 18, 2021
1:00pm - 4:00pm JST
(UTC +9hrs)
Shinjuku-ku, Tôkyô
This event is open to the public.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

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1-104 Totsukamachi
Shinjuku-ku, Tôkyô, 169-8050
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Billy Cleary

Clinical Director
Billy has lived in Japan for over a decade and resides in West Tokyo with his wife and son. Billy serves as the Clinical Director of the largest International mental health agency in Japan, TELL. He received his clinical license and training in Chicago, Illinois and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Billy’s focus in his work and life is to engage in a collaborative discovery of improving one's self and the systems around him that cause people to change and thrive. His focus at TELL is to build upon its mission to support the international and Japanese community of individuals and families to help restore relationships. Billy finds himself wrestling with his son on the weekends, enjoying a lively discussion with his wife, yet, not all before stealing a couple quiet hours away in the morning for a freshly made cup of pour-over coffee. When he gets around to it, you may find him taking a trail up one of the many diverse mountains throughout Japan.

Dennis Chia

Employee, Social entrepreneur
Born and bred in Singapore. Moved to Japan in 2008. Founded social project Boundless in 2017 with the aim of reevaluating charms of rural Japan and finding solutions for the multitude of problems faced in Japan, by connecting the global community with the hyper local. Currently working at Your Stand, a start-up developing EV charging technologies, while managing Boundless activities and juggling random interpretation gigs related to design, education and sustainability. With his interdisciplinary experiences accumulated thus far, Dennis hopes to contribute, however insignificantly, to creating a sustainable future.

Kenta Watanabe

"山形県出身。山形大学を卒業後、貿易商社に勤務。 サラリーマン時代に体験した藍染めに感動し、藍の世界に飛び込むことを決意。 2012年より徳島県上板町地域おこし協力隊として活動後、2015年にBUAISOU.を設立。 2018年に脱退し、新たにWatanabe'sを設立し活動中。藍師・染師 阿波藍の産地として知られる徳島県上板町を拠点に藍の栽培、染料となる蒅(すくも)造り、染色、製作を一貫して行う。 蓼藍という植物の葉を乾燥、発酵させてつくる蒅をもとに、日本の伝統技法 ’’天然灰汁発酵建て’’ を用いてつくられる藍色は、深みのある、冴えた色合いが美しく、色移りしにくいという特徴を持つ。 古き良き日本の伝統を残しつつ、新たな機軸で藍を伝えるべく、国内外で幅広く活動を行う。 堆肥造り、土造り、種まき、育苗、栽培、蒅造り、染色液の仕込み…Watanabe’sの藍色は、関わる全ての方々と全ての過程に想いをもって取り組んだ結果の副産物である。 伝統工芸という枠から少しだけ工業化に戻すこと。 暮らしに寄り添う色として、人々の生活に馴染んでいくものづくりを考える。"

Kentaro Iwata

Prof. Kentaro Iwata was born in 1971, in Shimane, Japan. After graduating from Shimane Medical University, he went through postgraduate training at Okinawa Chubu Hospital, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, and Beth Israel Medical Center. He also worked as a family physician in Beijing, China. He returned to Japan in 2004 and became chief of the Department of Infectious Disease, and the Department of Infection Control at Kameda Medical Center. He became Professor of Medicine in 2008 at Kobe University's Graduate School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases both in the US and Japan. He is also specialized in Infection Control and Kampo Medicine. Finally, he is also a certified Wine Expert Excellence.

Tamaki Hoshi

Tamaki is a Social Sciences major at Waseda University and Miss World Japan 2020 Runner-up. While she was born in Tokyo, Tamaki spent most of her childhood in the US, where she had planned to pursue medical school and become her definition of a “successful woman”. Just several weeks before graduating from her American high school, however, Tamaki realized that her ideal future-self was like a perfectly empty shell with no inner identity. With the desire to find her true identity, Tamaki changed her college plans and started living in Japan for the first time in 15 years. Through new experiences and culture shocks, Tamaki discovered unquestioned assumptions and subconscious stigmas that distorted her views of the world and of herself. She hopes to share her story on how she overcame her obsession over who she “ought to be” in the future by uncovering and accepting who she already “is” in the present.

Zen Lin

Student / Yoga instructor / Co-founder
Zen is a Chinese-Malaysian junior at Waseda University, Tokyo, School of International Liberal Studies, focusing on global governance and environmental sustainability. She is also a certified yoga instructor, and co-founder of ProjekWaste, a local NPO in Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, tackling waste pollution and raising awareness in nature conservation. She recently started her sustainable creative lifestyle brand Nami, exploring and creating alternatives for sustainable living. In her free time, Zen enjoys playing tennis, badminton, scuba diving, surfing, rock climbing, and more yoga. You may also find her brewing coffee and making latte art in a cafe in Omotesando. Through this Tedx talk, she wishes to reach to more individuals to not only be aware of climate impacts but take actions and make changes through daily activities and mindfulness.

Organizing team




  • Mikael Pradnyasurya