"Going Solo! Life in Japan for Singaporeans"
Produced by WASABI Creation
4th May (Thu) 7:00pm
WorkCentral @ Dhoby Ghaut
"Trending with experts on Japan's culture, tourism, & latest happenings."
What is it like to live in Japan?
Japan is a beautiful, fun, and unique travel destination loved by many Singaporeans.
Many of us love the food, the shopping, the cities, the nature, the sub-cultures,
the service quality, and the list goes on and on...... Have you ever dreamt of living in Japan?
Or have you wonder how life will be like to study or to work in Japan?
Wouldn't it be great to experience life is such a nice country?
Two Singaporeans, Eva and Tong have been there done that.
Eva, a comic artist had studied in Tokyo, the capital of Japan for 3 years.
While Tong, an entrepreneur had started his career as a fresh graduate in Kyoto,
the ancient capital for 5 years. Join us to listen to their stories and experiences in Japan,
from their memories of happiness and sorrow.
About the Speakers
Ms. Evangeline Neo
Comic Artist of Evacomics
A comic artist from Singapore, Evangeline Neo has been publishing her own comic series via web since 2007. Eva was awarded an MDA scholarship in 2003 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She subsequently earned a scholarship for Japanese language study and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Waseda University in Tokyo in 2010 supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan). Eva returned to Singapore in 2013 to focus on working on her comics, character goods and building her brand "Evacomics" to wider audiences beyond S.E. Asia.
Her seminal work, "Eva, Kopi and Matcha" was published in 2014 depicting and satirizing cultural differences between Singapore and Japan. Eva has garnered significant media attention with various speaking slots at Kinokuniya, BooksActually, Popular’s Bookfest and at the Japanese Association of Singapore. She was also a Guest and panel speaker for Singapore Toy Game Comics Convention (STGCC) and demonstrated drawing comics for a WACOM event held at Scape. She was also featured as a mentor to teach comic drawing on “Knockout Carnival”, a local TV program on OKTO channel.
Eva will be sharing her interesting experiences in Japan through her comics. She will also be give a little demo to everyone on how to draw manga. There will be attractive goodies to be won from the quiz.
With Evacomics going viral - over 97,000 Facebook page ‘likes’ and her popular book selling well at all local major bookstores, she continues to have big and colourful dreams.
Mr. Tong Cheuk Fung
CEO, WASABI Creation~ Creating Awesome Projects between Japan & Singapore
Tong has been the host of WASABI Discovery for the past several events, this time he is going join in as one of the speakers for the event to share about his working and living experiences in Japan.
Tong started learning Japanese as third language at age 13. His homestay experiences in Hamamatsu and Kagoshima opened up a new world to him for Japan. He continued to achieve N1 in Japanese Proficiency Test at 17, and won the Japanese Speech Contest 1st Prize, organised by Singapore Japanese Association.
After graduating from National University of Singapore with a degree in Chemical Engineering, within 2 months, Tong packed his bags and flew to Kyoto for his first job, and began his 5 years of new life in Japan.
From learning Japanese as a student, homestay in Japan, travelling, working in Japan as a fresh graduate, working in Japanese companies as a salaryman, surviving as a foreigner in Japan, it has been a long and exciting rollercoaster ride for Tong. Since 2014, Tong returned to Singapore and started his company: WASABI Creation. The company creates awesome projects between Japan and Singapore, by giving consultation to companies, providing marketing services, event production, and communication training to clients.
In this event, Tong will be recalling his happy & not-so-happy experiences while living and working Japan.
He will also be comparing the differences in business culture in Japan and Singapore, in order to help build successful businesses in both countries.
In the press
WASABI Creation~ Creating Awesome Projects between Japan & Singapore
WASABI Creation is project/event management, business support, and marketing company whose mission is to be the bridge between Japan and Singapore through various business and cultural initiatives.
Date: 4th May (Thu) Evening: 1900~2130 (opening 1830)
Venue: WorkCentral, Brew House
Singapore Shopping Centre
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#06-03 Singapore 239924
Capacity: 50 people max
Presentation, Discussion, Videos, Photos, Demonstrations, Special Food & drink tasting, Quiz, Prizes, Omiyage, Games, Films, Music
Fee: $50 (advance tickets $40),
Refreshment, drinks, beer, wine included
Language: English (some Japanese)
Dress code: Smart casual
1830~1900 Registration, Refreshment & Networking
1900~1930 Introduction & short presentation by speakers
1930~2000 Panel discussion by speakers and special guests
Mini-Comic-Workshop by EvaComics
2000~2030 Questions & discussion from the participants
2030~2130 More drinks & Networking
2130 The End
About WASABI Discovery
WASABI Discovery is a casual presentation and meet-up event for the world to make new discovery about Japan and its people.
At each event, we invite a couple of special guests to share and discuss about culture, people, happenings, or simply any topic from Japan that is worth discovering. We will also engage the participants in the conversation to make comparisons and contrasts with the local or other countries.
This is a meet-up for people who have great interest in Japan, it's traditions, and cultures. Participants are welcome to join in the conversation with the special guests, sharing experiences and opinions. If you have an interesting topic in mind, feel free to propose to us and make it into a great discussion session.
Language: English, or Japanese with English interpretation
Who should join in?
If you say "YES" to any of the following:
Do you want to learn about the deeper Japan from the experts?
Are you interested in culture, food and travel in Japan that you would not have known by yourself?
Would you want to find out about interesting social-cultural phenomenon in Japan and how it compare to other countries?
How about a relax evening after work, meeting like-minded people, with good food and drinks?
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Past WASABI Discovery Events
About the Venue: WorkCentral
Every innovative idea should be given its shot; every creative entrepreneur should have his or her moment. We understand creating something from scratch is tough. Hence, here at Workcentral, we build a vibrant, purpose-driven community that works, learns, shares and grows together in a coworking space at Dhoby Ghaut, removing barriers that creators face in bringing their creative projects to life by connecting members to a selection of service provides such as awesome digital marketers & Brand Specialists, Business Owners or Angel Investors, empowering individual projects to reach its full potential.
Besides creating a vibrant and conducive coworking environment, we have specially created dedicated event spaces catering to mid to large-scale trainings, workshops and teambuilding. For more informaion, please visit www.workcentral.com.sg or email to: Hello@workcentral.com.sg