For Osaka Innovation Hub: Expanding startup businesses in Singapore
20 startup entrepreneurs and students from Osaka Innovation Hub visited WASABI Creation as part of their one week study tour in Singapore. Tong (Founder, CEO), together with Yuta Morita (Intern, SMU MBA student) conducted a seminar for the group on how they can expand their businesses from Japan to Singapore. They covered topics such as incorporation in Singapore, Singapore's demographic, consumer behaviour, influencer marketing, popup store marketing, etc. The participants were very interested in these topics and asked many questions such as "What are the common difficulties and errors Japanese companies have when doing business in Singapore." Tong was glad to have shared his experiences and expertise in these areas.
For foreign domestic workers & caretakers
WASABI Creation was requested by a nursing training school to conduct Japanese lessons to its students comprising of foreign domestic workers and caretakers. The students are attending the school to step up their skills in nursing care for the elderly. As Japan is seriously facing the hit of aging population, and lack of manpower in providing care to the elderly, they have opened up working opportunities in Japan to foreign caretakers.
In view of this, these foreign domestic workers are trying out learning Japanese to equip themselves with the language skill that will enable them to work in Japan in the future.
Seminar to Ryokoku University: How Singapore's policies have shaped a multiracial and international society.
2 Sep 2018
A group of 40 students from Ryokoku University, Japan visited WASABI Creation as part of their educational tour in Vietnam and Singapore. WASABI Creation founder, Tong conducted a seminar on Singapore policies that have shaped the country's multiracialism, and built an international society.
More and more Japanese companies realise the need to venture overseas market as its domestic market continue to string due to aging population and depopulation, however there is a lack of talent within Japan who has the experience, skills, and know-how to bring business across boarders. We hope the seminar will be able to share with the students some ideas and tips on how to be a global talent.
Seminars to Business Schools in Delhi, India
WASABI Creation was invited by our partner, Intraversity in Delhi, to conduct talks to students of various business and management colleges in India. Over the week, we visited and met students from Jaipuria School of Business, JK Business School, Institute of Technology And Sciences, and Accurate Institute of Management & Technology. We shared with the students about our business, market trends in Japan and Singapore, and answered the students' questions on entrepreneurship.
WASABI Creation is also in talks with the schools to work with our partner in bringing students to Singapore for educational tour and internship.
"How SMU MBA Students can prepare themselves in working with the Japanese?"
6th Jul 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was invited by SMU MBA Class to speak at "Japanese Business Night". Tong shared about his experiences when he was working as a fresh graduate in Japan, and talked about Japanese business culture that is unique and special to non-Japanese people.
Tong also talked about basic Japanese business etiquette, such as exchanging business cards, and seating positions for Japanese business meetings. The MBA students shown great interest with many questions.
The event ended with a party serving Sushi for everyone.
Entrepreneurship Training Camp 2nd edition
"Partnership with SAI International College Bubhneshwar, India"
WASABI Creation hosted 8 Indian students from SAI International College Bubhneshwar over 4 days for an intensive Entrepreneurship Training Camp at WASABI Creation's office. The students worked in groups of 2 on various topics such as coworking space business, India market entry, Japanese F&B market research, as well as overseas travel trends for India.
An extensive research in in these were done by the students, who also came up with creative proposals to implement new business into the fast growing market. Many presentations and discussions were held with the students to finalise the proposal.
At the end of the program, each student received a certificate of participation for their enthusiasm during the program.
"What can Japanese students do to become international professionals?"
16th Mar 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was contacted by a group of students from Tokyo University, who are interested to learn about doing business internationally, as they planned their self-funded trip to Malaysia and Singapore. A sharing session was conducted over web conference, where Tong answered questions from the students, shared his own experiences, and gave advises to the students what they can do to groom themselves into international professionals.
Here are the reviews and comments from the students.
WASABI Insight vol.10
Business in Japan~
"Japanese Business Culture & Manners"
1st Mar 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong held a seminar sharing his experiences and insights on doing business in Japan, in particular on the topic of "Japanese Business Culture & Manners".
Tong shared from his own personal experience overs the years while he has been working in Japan, and doing business with Japanese companies. As he grew up and went through the education system in Singapore, knowing the language didn't seem to have prepared him enough to work in Japan as a fresh graduate. Tong talked about the episodes he had encountered all these years, and cover some of the basics about "Japanese Business Culture & Manner".
Japanese business culture 101, how are the Japanese thinking?
Exchanging business cards
Visiting & hosting a Japanese company
Useful Japanese expressions for business
More information: Business in Japan~ "Japanese Business Culture & Manners"
The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (CLAIR, Singapore)
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was invited by The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (CLAIR, Singapore) to share about WASABI Creation's business and its expertise in helping Japanese companies go global
Tong shared about his past, present, and future projects on how WASABI Creation is bridging Japan, Singapore, and the rest of Asia in terms on Business, Culture, and Tourism. In particular, Tong talked about his observation of how many Japanese companies are facing difficulty in presenting their products to the local markets overseas, and what could be so the solutions to better communicating with local consumers and making online connections for building relationships.
About CLAIR, Singapore
Cycling Tour in Yamashina Kyoto + BBQ Party
A calm & relaxing tour, immersing yourself in the less explored history
and nature of Kyoto, this cycling tour in Yamashina is for you.
Date & Time: 27th July 2013, Sat, from 2:00pm
Meeting place: Keihan Sanjo station or Yanashima station
This cycling tour brings you through a less explored part of Kyoto City in Yamashina, which is located about 8km to the east of Kyoto Station. We will be visiting places with rich historical value such as the tomb of a late emperor from 600AD, famous Buddhist temples with beautiful Japanese gardens, and a Shinto shrine related to a legendary Samurai story that reflects the highest code of bushido in the Japanese history.
We will also be cycling through the nature of Kyoto, with cheery blossom in Spring, green mountains in Summer, and multicolored leaves in Autumn. We might also go through some part of the forest & streams to experience mountain biking in Kyoto.
These places might not be as touristic and buzzing as those in other parts of Kyoto, however they truly tell the stories of this less explored part of Kyoto. If you are looking for a calm & relaxing tour, immerse yourself in the history and nature of Kyoto, this cycling tour in Yamashina is for you.
2:00pm Meetup 1 at Keihan Sanjo (京阪三條) (see map)
Brief stop at the tomb of Tenchitenno（天智天皇陵）
2:30pm Meetup 2 at Yamashina Station (next to Starbuck, See map)
16:30 47RONIN, welcome drink & rest
Public bath 銭湯 (410yen)
5:30pm BBQ Party @ 47RONIN (& have fun with firework)
(Kyoto-shi Yamashina-ku Oyakegotannbadake-cho 8 Kitarinkan, Kyoto, Japan 607-8178 (North side of SOWA GAKUEN)) Access method
What to bring?
Bring your own bicycle to the meeting place or you can rent one from the following places.
Set of clothes for change (changing room available, it's hot summer)
Toileteries, towel for public bath
5000yen (Cycling tour + BBQ, Public bath銭湯 410yen not included)
4000yen (BBQ only)
Registration completed before July 20th
4000yen (Cycling tour + BBQ, Public bath銭湯 410yen not included)
3500yen (BBQ only)
Yamashina, although is located in Kyoto City, it is separated from the rest of Kyoto City and surrounded by mountains namely Inari Mt, Daimoji Mt, and Daigo Mt. It is also right next to the southern end of Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan where all the drinking water in Kyoto is provided.
Yamashina has a very old history such that it was already inhabited since Jomon period (縄文時代, 14000BC to 300BC). It is the meeting point of two major historical routes of Japan, Tokaido (東海道) & Nara Kaido (奈良街道), forming an important cross road in the region. It is also the final resting place of the 38th emperor of Japan, Tenji Emperor (天智天皇626~672AD) where his tomb was erected in Yamashina.
47RONIN is a global residential coworking space where we provide valuable information & connections to visiting entrepreneurs who could stay with us, work on their projects, interact with our local coworking communities while they explore, experience, & enjoy Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
47RONIN is located in a newly renovated yet an old traditional Japanese house named Hokurinkan (北隣館) in Yamashina ward of Kyoto City. It is an over 50 years old 2-storey building designed as a traditional residence for a farmer’s family. It is also situated along Old Nara Street (旧奈良街道) which was the first road in the area, connecting Kyoto Prefecture to Nara Prefecture, the very first capital of Japan before Kyoto & Tokyo.