Knowledge Salon International
Knowledge Salon is one of the major facilities of Knowledge Capital (www.kmo-jp.com), situated within Grand Front Osaka, a new city re-development project right next to Osaka Station, which will be opened in Spring 2013. Thus, Knowledge Salon International will be an event and a project to fulfill the four objectives of Knowledge Capital namely:
"Business Promotion", "Cultural Exchange", "International Collaboration", "Talent Development" through innovative new value creation. It is the first project in Japan that ties together industries and institutions in various projects and initiatives with the goal to make a difference in today’s Kansai and open up Kansai as the “Gateway” from the world to Japan and the rest of Asia.
In order to create a Knowledge Capital and Knowledge Salon, that are already to set off to achieve their objectives by Spring 2013, a monthly pre-launch event from April 2012 right up to the opening of Knowledge Capital in April 2013, so as to ensure enough preparation will be done with no stone left unturned. "Knowledge Donors" or speakers are invited to share their knowledge and expertise at the event, with a diverse audience from business people, creators, to students.
FUTURE SHORTS FESTIVAL
The Future Shorts Festival is the biggest pop up film festival of its kind, showcasing the most exciting short films from around the world.
We believe that independent short films from around the world can reflect different cultures more realistically, catalysing cultural exchange in Kyoto Japan.
Future Shorts Festival is also an international community for film makers in Japan and overseas to network, exchange, and create new values and amazing projects together across borders.
Future Shorts Winter 2012 Feb
Future Shorts Spring 2012 April
Future Shorts Summer 2012 Aug
Future Shorts Autumn 2012 Nov
One Day On Earth ~ global screening
Founded in 2008, One Day on Earth's first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. and the second on 11.11.11. The 10.10.10 collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occurring in every country of the world. One Day on Earth collaborations create a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an annual feature film.
On 2nd April 2012, Earth Day, we organized a screening event for One Day On Earth in Kyoto Art Complex 1928 where about 100 people from more than 20 countries joined us to celebrate the diversity and humanity of our mother Earth.
HAFU FILM ~ sneak preview
“Celebrate Cultural Diversity in Japan with the Hafu Film”, a sneak preview of the film: HAFU FILM was held at Kansai French Institute. The directors of the film, Megumi Nishikura and Lara Perez Takagi came all the way from Tokyo to give the presentation. Through film making they lead the audience to the search of the identity of being Hafu in Japan.
The event featured the performances of some Hafu musicians, Chris Roche and Tender Armstrong. Through the film and music these artists touched the audience by their talents, passions and multicultural upbringing. The event brought Hafus in Kansai area closer.
Seasons Pastry Studio 季節の製菓工房
In order to promote Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa, and bring in a new crowd to the hotel, giving it a young energetic image, Seasons Pastry Studio was designed as a pastry making event. Lessons are taught by Chef Nagamine, an experienced professional who is also the chief chef of the hotel in a well-equipped kitchen for pastries.
After battling in the kitchen, participants can then enjoy a luxury high tea with your self-made pastries together with tea and coffee at the hotel restaurant.
Classes and menu are in Japanese and English.
Kansai international Students Party (KISP)
KISP (Kansai International Students Party) is an international event for students, by students all over Kansai. The objective is to enhance interaction and exchange between students not only within their schools, nor within Kyoto or Osaka, but in bigger Kansai for both Japanese and international students.
The first KISP was initiated in December 2010 at Sam & Dave Kyoto. It was such a blast that 250 students from more than 20 universities gathered for the night of games and party. Due to popular demand KISP#2 returned in April 2011 at Kansai French Institute where again more than 230 students enjoyed the many performances put up by students across Kansai and made many new friends. Again KISP#3 came back in Dec 2011, and KISP#4 Pray for Tohoku was held in March 2012, becoming a hit as the only international student event in Kansai.
Japan Traditional Industries
Kyoto Kitayama Cedar~ Harvesting Workshop
The Kitayama mountains north of Kyoto city produce the cedar, ‘Kitayama Sugi’ used to build traditional Japanese ‘sukiya’ architecture and has a 600 year history, making it the oldest forestry culture in the world. In addition to being unique and producing exquisite wood, Kitayama Forestry is very environmentally friendly.
This cultural heritage has largely been lost as Japan has adopted mass produced housing and Kitayama and other traditional Japanese forestry products have fallen into disuse. Fortunately, this has begun to change in recent years as some Japanese rediscover their own culture and export opportunities have arisen.
Together with the company, we organized a visit to the cedar plantation forest to see how cedar trees are being harvested and processed, and also learn about the history and characteristics of "Kitayama Sugi", the cedar trees of Kyoto.
PAGONG Kyoyuzen ~ Kyoto Traditional Dyeing Workshop
A company tour and hands-on workshop was organized for PAGONG, a Kyoto tradition textile dyeing company in order to introduce this Japanese traditional craft to a group of 20 foreign visitors. It allowed a deeper understanding of Kyoyuzen for foreign visitors and also promote such trade to potential customers outside Japan. Foreign participants followed the instruction of the experienced craftsmen, and produced their own prints using the Kyoyuzen technique.
A tea reception with the company's president was also held after the workshop. The president shared about the company's history, the dyeing process, and how the business has transform itself to meet market changes and the newest trend in the textile industry.