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Revealing the secrets
of Japan's hospitality"
Produced by WASABI Creation
15th March (Wed) 7:00pm, WorkCentral @ Dhoby Ghaut
"Trending with experts on Japan's culture, tourism, & latest happenings."
What is Omotenashi?
"Omotenashi" is the philosophy behind Japan's hospitality.
From hosting their guests at home, it is further extended
to tea ceremony, customer service, product design,
and many other aspects of life.
Such way of thought and care for detail set it apart from
the rest of the world, and formed part of the unique
experience for travellers in Japan. 
Find out about the differences in hospitality between
Singapore and Japan, as we introduce to you what
Omotenashi really means. As the number of Singaporean
tourists to Japan increases, the concept of Omotenashi
has come to their attention and becomes a large part
of what makes Japan so attractive.

About the Speakers  

Mr. Mitsuru Narita


Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Singapore Representative Office

For over 10 years, Mr. Mitsuru Narita has been working with the Ishikawa Prefectural Government, supporting local companies and factories of all industries in developing new products, developing business connections and overseas expansion. He has also worked with METI’s (Japan’s Ministry of Economy) SME Agency for 2 years, helping Japan’s SMEs in their overseas development plans.

In 2014, Mr. Narita was directed to establish Ishikawa Prefecture’s overseas representative office in Singapore and has been located here ever since.

Currently, Mr. Narita strives to promote the splendors of Ishikawa Prefecture, one of Japan’s most historically and culturally flourishing, throughout Southeast Asia. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of Singaporeans visiting Ishikawa to experience its many onsens, beautifully fashioned traditional crafts, as well as to taste the fresh produce from both the nearby seas and fields, and Japan’s very best Kaga Cuisine.

Mr. Craig Tan

Assistant Project Manager

Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Singapore Representative Office

Bachelors in Arts (National University of Singapore)

Avid fan of Japan who has visited numerous parts of Japan, Craig majored in Japanese Studies while studying for his Bachelors. Upon graduation, he joined Ishikawa Prefectural Government’s Singapore Representative Office to help in developing strong relations between Ishikawa Prefecture and Singapore.


Craig has especially been active in developing ties between educational institutions of Ishikawa Prefecture and Singapore, organizing a number of exchange programs and school trips between Singapore and Ishikawa for Singapore’s polytechnics and universities. 

About Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Singapore Representative Office


The office was started in 2014 with the aim to promote the many attractions of Ishikawa Prefecture around the Southeast Asian region. With a focus on Ishikawa’s food, tourism and culture, the office organizes many events throughout the year for the public to experience a small taste of what Ishikawa has to offer.


Please like and follow their Facebook page to find out more about their activities:

ISHIKAWA Prefecture, Japan

Event detail


Date:                15th Mar (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

    Sake tasting by Ishikawa Prefecture

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

Experiencing ISHIKAWA!


Speakers from ISHIKAWA Prefecture will be bringing along some some Japanese sake from Ishikawa, as well as attractive traditional crafts and products to be won as quiz prizes. 

About the Host

Mr. Tong Cheuk Fung

Founder, WASABI Creation~ Creating Awesome Projects between Japan & Singapore


Tong started learning Japanese as third language at age 13. After graduating from National University of Singapore with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Tong packed his bags and flew to Kyoto for his first job, and began his new life in Japan. In 2014, after spending 5 years in Japan, Tong returned to Singapore to set up WASABI Creation, for “creating awesome projects between Japan and Singapore”.

Tong’s goal is to make WASABI Creation the catalyst for creating business opportunities, developing close relationships, and explore possibilities between Japan and Singapore, as well as the ASEAN region. WASABI Creation’s mission is to spice up ASEAN with a sprinkle of Japan’s wonders, just like the overwhelming taste and burning sensation of the green Wasasbi. (Read more)


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?

Supporting Partners   

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Kindly pre-register for advance tickets for WASABI Discovery vol.1

by 10th March 2016 by clicking on"GET TICKET" on the right.


Due to limited seats and sold-out previous events, early

pre-registration online is advised.


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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 or email to:

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