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INNOVATIVE CITY FORUM 2018 The Japan Foundation Asia Center Session


Innovation for Happiness from ASIA: Discovering Hidden Values

In our time when the definition of "happiness" is changing, tips for the future lie in identifying the essential quality of affluence. How people illustrate the way of life have deeply connected to our own "sense of happiness". In Asia, there exists an abundance of values and attraction that may not yet be verbalized nor visualized. Let us get together to discuss about the future of happiness.

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Innovative City Forum 2018
Innovation for Happiness from ASIA
Discovering Hidden Values

Time & Date October 20 (Saturday), 2018
12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation Asia Center Session (DAY3)

*Innovative City Forum: October 18 (Thu.) to 20 (Sat.), 2018


Roppongi Academyhills Access
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo googlemap
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station / 3 min. walk from Exit 1C (Direct link to concourse)

Language English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation
Institute for Urban Strategies - The Mori Memorial Foundation, Mori Art Museum, Academyhills
The Japan Foundation Asia Center, MIT Media Lab
The World Economic Forum, International House of Japan,  Loftwork, blkswn

(DAY3) The Japan Foundation Asia Center session: 2,000 yen (tax incl.) (Capacity of the venue: 250 people)

*Other sessions: 5,000 yen (tax incl.) per session
*Pre-registration required

Registration Register on the ICF 2018 official website
Inquiries ICF secretariat TEL: +81-(0)3-6406-6200

Ms. Nakako Fujishige
Arts, Culture, and Exchange Section 2
The Japan Foundation Asia Center
TEL: +81-(0)3-5369-6025

Official Website Innovative City Forum


Megumi Sasaki
Producer / Documentary Filmmaker

A photo of Megumi Sasaki


"Cinema Language in Film Expression"
With the use of distinctive cinematographic techniques, Mr. Tran's films stimulate the full range of viewers' senses and subtly appeal to their sensibilities, perfectly embodying his philosophy of "the language of cinema." While Mr. Tran's filmmaking creates a visual representation of the invisible value that is concealed within the everyday, Ms. Sasaki's work depicts the unconscious of the people. Here, they will have a conversation about the messages they hope to relay to the future.

Tran Anh Hung

A photo of Tran Anh Hung

【Talk Session 1】 "Eat"

Exploring Cuisines from Ancient Times to Cutting-edge Trends of Taste
The lifestyles and livelihoods of the people of continental Asia are replete with a captivating quality that the rest of us have struggled to grasp. This becomes especially clear when we focus on the subject of food. This session will explore the future of the sense of taste, which will play a role not only in the act of eating, but also in person-to-person interactions that begin in the places where people enjoy food together.

Duangjai Lorthanavanich
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Thammasat Business SchoolAffairs, Thammasat Business School

A photo of Duangjai Lorthanavanich

Hiraku Ogura
Fermentation Designer

A photo of Hiraku Ogura

【Talk Session 2】 "Sleep"

Wonder of Sleep: From All Ages and Cultures
Although we spend roughly one-third of our lives sleeping, there are still many unsolved puzzles associated with sleep. Ways of understanding sleep and dreams have varied over time, and from place to place. Environment and culture have had a major impact on these differences. Paradoxically, unraveling the mysteries of sleep would also mean being awakened to the time we spend living in this modern era. This discussion will search for the secret to a good night's sleep, by examining humanity's experience of sleep around the world and throughout history.

Masayoshi Shigeta
Director, Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University / Professor, Graduate School of Asian African Area Studies, Kyoto University / Fellow, Research Association of Sleep and Society

A photo of Masayoshi Shigeta

Popo Danes

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【Talk Session 3】 "Live"

Future of Our Places-to-Be: Knitting Ties among Residents
The climate-conscious structures of the tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia offer us the chance to discover a value system different from that reflected in the mainstream residential buildings of modern architecture. Designed by anonymous artisans, these houses coexist with nature, and do not use an abundance of energy, yet they can also work in concert with modern technology. In this session, together, and with an eye on the future, we will consider the matter of what kind of homes we should be building as we move toward a new era.

Chatpong Chuenrudeemol
Architect / Principal, CHAT architects

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Sadao Tsuchiya
Lifestyle Expert / President of SADAO Co., Ltd. / Architect / Researcher about life / Consultant / HOUSE VISION coordinator

A photo of Sadao Tsuchiya

Wrap-up & Social Gathering
Here the visitors will be able to meet the speakers.
With the theme of "sleep," the venue will feature an exhibition of the C-couch (Human Evolution Bed), which was inspired by chimpanzees, who are said to make their own bed every day of the year. Come and experience it for yourself.

For more information about the C-couch


This is the certified project of beyond 2020 program.