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December 5, 2021
Kyoto, Kyôto

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).

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
6 Kasame-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku
Kyoto, Kyôto, 6158558
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Chuck Kayser

Chuck is the founder of Midori Farm, an organic farm operating in Shiga and Kyoto prefecture, Japan. He raises over 50 varieties of vegetables and sells them directly to customers without packaging. He makes his own compost using leaves from Kyoto shrines, coffee grounds from a Kyoto initiative, and from a community kitchen-waste collection program he started. He accepts volunteers and guests from Japan and around the world and is implementing an educational program in 2022 to inspire more people to discover the joys of organic farming.

Emily Kaneko-Reynolds

Emily Kaneko Reynolds trains in a lineage in Kyoto which uses primarily earth to maintain and build houses, temples, and tea houses. Author of Japan's Clay Walls: A Glimpse into their Plaster Craft, she is also a Ph.D. candidate for a doctorate in Engineering at Kyoto Institute of Technology.

Yuji Higashino

Yuji Higashino is an advocate of animal rights and of giving power to the people. He and his wife are the owners of a vegan soymilk ice cream business in Shiga prefecture, Japan. They met after graduating from university in the UK and successfully opened and established a vegan takeaway business in Poland before settling in Japan. Yuji now enjoys sharing his experiences in the hope of enlightening Japan to the culinary delights of veganism.

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Kyoto, Japan


Kyoto, Japan