"Brewing Now! Japan's Coffee & Cafe Culture"
Produced by WASABI Creation
22nd February (Wed) 7:00pm
WorkCentral @ Dhoby Ghaut
"Trending with experts on Japan's culture, tourism, & latest happenings."

About the Speakers  

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Mr.Kengo Sakai

Director, D&N International Co,Ltd

Director, D&N Singapore Pte Ltd


Mr. Kengo Sakai is the Director of D&N International, a group company that manages all overseas businesses outside Japan. It is the subsidiary of Doutor Nichires Holdings, one of the biggest F&B companies in Japan.

 Mr. Sakai has been managing D&N Singapore since April 2015, which owns Hoshino Coffee, Doutor Coffee, The Asian Kitchen, and Yomenya Goemon in Singapore.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the F&B business, and has join D&N International since 2009.

Mr. Sakai is on his mission in Singapore was to develop these restaurant brands under his belt, while his family is living in Tokyo. He holds a MBA from Warwick Business School in the UK, and his favourite Singaporean food are Chicken Rice, Bak Kut The, Sweet Potato Leaves with Sambal sauce. Of course, all these Singaporean cuisines go best with a glass of Tiger Beer in ice.

At this event, Mr. Sakai will be sharing with us his experience in the F&B business, his passion about coffee, and the cafe culture in Japan.

He will also make comparison and contrast of the cafe business between Japan and Singapore.

Participants will also have a chance to made your own hand-drip coffee for coffee tasting.

There will also be coffee products to be won during quiz time.

About D&N International & D&N Singapore

Doutor・Nichires Holdings is one of the biggest listed F&B companies in Japan operating more than 1900 outlets, including their franchised restaurants.

Doutor Coffee is the biggest coffee chain company in terms of the number of stores. It also specializes in coffee businesses, such as roasting of coffee beans, and selling coffee beverages.


D&N International is set up in 2011 for integrating all overseas businesses under the group company for developing their overseas business.

D&N Singapore bought over a local F&B company, The Asian Kitchen before setting up the company, and is now operating 10 outlets in Singapore with 3 other brands: Hoshino Coffee, Doutor Coffee, and Yomenya Goemon.

Event detail


Date:                22nd February (Wed) Evening: 1900~2130 (1830 open)

Venue:             WorkCentral, Brew House

Singapore Shopping Centre

190 Clemenceau Avenue

#06-03 Singapore 239924

Capacity:        50 people max



1830~1900  Registration, Refreshment & Networking

    Hand-drip coffee making & tasting

1900~1930  Introduction & short presentation by speakers

1930~2000  Panel discussion by speakers and special guests

2000~2030  Questions & discussion from the participants

    Quiz & Prizes

2030~2130  More drinks & Networking

2130              The End



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

Dress code: Smart casual

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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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

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