2012 Projects

Tourism Research Tour

 

Tour de Osaka

A monitor tour for international students, November 2012

 

Ministry of Tourism invited 20 foreign students to join a tour in OSAKA to give them a special experience in the second biggest city in Japan. They tried out famous Osaka food at Shinsekai(新世界), and went into a time capsule of Japan’s entertainment in the 50s. They also visited Smart Ball(スマートバール), a game center of the past created before video game is born. There is also Tsutenkaku (通天閣), a metal tower built in 1912 during the Meiji period, which was the tallest structure in East Asia then. Last but not least, the students explored a historical shopping arcade called Janjanyokocho (じゃんじゃん横丁)that was built in the post war period. 

Surveys were regularly done for each places of interest, including the ease of travel, sufficiency of English materials, and service quality of the staffs. 

 

WASABI Creation was tasked with the recruitment of international students as participants and assisted in the tour to ensure smooth execution of the programme. 

 

Tourism Research Tour

 

Tour de Biwako, Shiga Prefecture

A monitor tour for international students, October 2012

 

A monitor tour around Biwako Lake in Shiga prefecture was organized by Shiga Prefecture and the Ministry of Toursim. About 40 international students from Kansai area were invited to participate in this tour to find out how to improve tourism in the area. Places of visit included ferry rides on Biwako Lake, temples and shrines, Biwako Valley, and Hikone Castle. Surveys were regularly done for each places of interest, including the ease of travel, sufficiency of English materials, and service quality of the staffs. 

 

WASABI Creation was tasked with the recruitment of international students as participants and assisted in the tour to ensure smooth execution of the programme. 

Tourism

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"GEAR"

non-verbal entertaining performance in Kyoto

First of its kind in Japan, GEAR is a unique non-verbal performance that stimulates your five senses with a moving story set in the future. Accompanied by impressive stage effects set up using techniques ranging from those used in Kabuki plays to the latest technologies, GEAR is bound to offer a theatrical experience the audience will never forget! The story revolves around a toy doll who finds herself having a human heart after interacting with "Roboroids" (humanized robots), and unfolds as world-class performers bring you through a series of mime, breakdancing, Juggling and magic performances all without a single word. 

 

WASABI Creation is the overseas promotion agent for "GEAR". Besides providing translation in multiple languages for its website, we also worked on pamphlet design, PR to media companies, overseas reservations, and marketing to reach out to overseas audience who visit Kyoto in huge numbers every year. 

www.gear.ac



Film Festival

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.

 

WASABI Creation is the official event organizer for Future Shorts Festival in Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe



www.futureshorts.com

Film Festival

One Day On Earth ~ global screening 

Founded in 2008, One Day on Earth's (onedayonearth.org) 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.

 

WASABI Creation is the producer of this event.

 

http://www.onedayonearth.org/

 

Film Screening Event

HAFU FILM ~ sneak preview

“Celebrate Cultural Diversity in Japan with the Hafu Film”, a sneak preview of the film: HAFU FILM was held at the 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.

 

WASABI Creation is the producer of HAFU Film sneak preview in Kyoto. 

http://hafufilm.com

Promotional events

Seasons Pastry Studio 季節の製菓工房

In order to promote the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa and bring in a new crowd to the hotel to give it a young and 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 time with their self-made pastries together with tea and coffee at the hotel restaurant.
Classes and menu are in Japanese and English.

 

WASABI Creation is the producer of this event.

Student events

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.

 

WASABI Creation is the producer of this event.

 



Tourism Experience

Seasonal cycling event: Tour de Kyoto

 

Each year, many cycling events were organised in Kyoto for our community of foreign residence as well as Japanese friends to explore different places in Kyoto City. These cycling events are held in various time of the year, so that the participants can enjoy beautiful scenery that comes along in different seasons. 

Tourism Experience

 

Dragon Boating Expereince, Biwako, Shiga Prefecture

A new travel experience, November 2012

 

WASABI Creation was invited to organize a Dragon Boating Experience Tour with a dargon boat team from Biwako of Shiga Prefecture. More than 40 foreigner and Japanese participated in the tour. It was the first dragon boating experience for many, whle it is also a totally new experience for others with the scenic view of Biwako and unique features along the coast. 

 

WASABI Creation is the organizer of this Dragon Boating Expereince Tour. 

Japan Traditional Industries

Kyoto Kitayama Cedar~ Harvesting Workshop

The Kitayama Mountains north of Kyoto city produce the cedar, called ‘Kitayama Sugi’ used to build traditional Japanese ‘sukiya’ architecture. It 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, leaving Kitayama and other traditional Japanese forestry products to fall 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.

 

WASABI Creation is the producer of this event.

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Japan Traditional Industries

Nishiki Textile Cultural Exchange Event

錦を観ながら交流会

Expereince Nishiki textile of Kyoto, September 2011

 

NIshiki was once a very important textile industry in Nishijin Kyoto where it produced beautiful Kimonos for the whole of Japan. Although many had closed down due to a drop in Kimono demand in modern days, there are some factories that survive over many centuries and continue to produce fabulous textile in the most tradtional way. There are one of those few places that reserves and continues the glory of Nishiki Textile in Kyoto. 

 

WASABI Creation organized a tour to one of these long standing Nishiki textile factories in Nishijin Kyoto for foreigners living in Kyoto. The 8th generation company president gave a lecture on the history of Nishiki, while participants also had the chance to have a hands on experience to make Nishiki textile with those tradtional weaving machines.

Japanese Traditional Crafts

 

Japanese Paper Doll Making Workshop (和紙人形)

A cultural experience, July 2011

 

Japanese paper (Washi) is popular for its high quality and brilliant colors. The famous Origami is made out of these special Japanese papers. At a higher level, these Japanese papers can be made into Japanese dolls. 

WASABI Creation invited a Japanese Paper Doll master to give a one-day workshop to a group of foreigners who are deeply interested in Japanese culture. Furthermore, the workshop was held in a 100 year old cafe with a Japanese room, making it an authentic Japanese cultural experience.

 

WASABI Creation is the organizer of this Japanese paper doll making workshop. 

Tourism Experience

 

White Water Rafting, Seta River, Shiga Prefecture

A new travel experience, October 2011

 

WASABI Creation organized a White Water Rafting Tour for a group of 30 foreigners living in and visiting Japan. Seta River is the only river flowing out of Biwako Lake, the biggest lake in Japan. It provides geograpical feature that is ideal for white water rafting, yet it is safe even for beginners. The tour is to promote such adventurous activities as a tourism experience for travellers who are seeking some excitment during their trip. 

 

WASABI Creation is the organizer for this White Water Rafting Tour at Seta River. 

Community Building

We Are One Japan

 

“An international community, a social entrepreneurship group by international people, moving towards an international society.We Are One Japan, Be one of us.”

 

We Are One Japan is an international community, a social entrepreneurship group in Kyoto, Japan, consisting of internationally-minded Japanese, foreign residence and tourists, who gather together through a wide range of meaningful events and projects, connecting Kyoto & Japan to the World.

 

The objective of We Are One Japan is to create a platform for people to connect and exchange culture, knowledge and ideas with others regardless of race, language or religion. We hope to recognize our differences and come together in harmony with the “We Are One” spirit. Together, we share, we learn and we win by taking part in meaningful events and activities.We Are One Japan is the producer of meaningful international projects for all cosmopolitans in Kyoto. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/weareonejapan/



Japan Traditional Industries

PAGONG Kyoyuzen ~

Kyoto Traditional Dyeing Workshop 

A company tour and hands-on workshop was organized for PAGONG, a Kyoto based traditional 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 promoted such trade to potential customers outside of 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 transformed itself to meet market changes and the newest trends in the textile industry.



WASABI Creation is the producer of this event.



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Workshops & Seminars

Personal Branding~ The Power of Brand YOU 

Peter Sterlacci is known as “Japan’s personal branding pioneer” and is one of 15 Master level Certified Personal Branding Strategists in the world. His company, Believe. Become. Be Your Brand., is introducing a leading global personal branding methodology to companies and universities in Japan and adapting it for the Japanese culture.



Peter's first public seminar was held in Oinai Karasuma, a coworking space in Kyoto, where about 40 participants turned up with much curiosity & interest on what is "personla branding" and how it can be applied on themselves. 

The seminar was a great success not only because of the full attendance, but many participants had give positive feedbacks & sparked up continuously discussion with Peter on the Facebook group.  A follow-up workshop on Personal Branding using Linkedin will be held in the following month. 



WASABI Creation is the producer of this event.

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