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INNOVATIVE CITY FORUM 2019 The Japan Foundation Asia Center Session


* Tickets for ICF2019 are scheduled to be released around Tuesday, October 15th.

The "Innovative City Forum" is an international forum where experts from Japan and abroad gather to discuss the future of cities, including Tokyo, with the theme of "drawing the future of cities and lifestyles."
In this forum, "Reverse IDEA-Searching for New Coordinate Axes from Asian Dynamism" will be held as a Japan Foundation Asia Center session. The Asian dynamism is full of "Reverse IDEAs" that we miss. Now that we are discussing the future, we would like to explore with you all the "New Coordinate Axes" that create free ideas and suggestive activities.
In the Keynote speech given by Alia Khan, Chairwoman of Islamic Fashion and Design Council (IFDC), we will hear about the journey of a particular faith based fashion that is taking the world by storm; and now we make its introduction to Japan. In the session1 "Art," artist Ei Wada will introduce a project to revitalize old consumer electronics and create and play new instruments. In the session2 "Medical Care," Dr. Toshiro Inaba and Indonesian Prof. Mangestuti Agil will discuss Asian philosophy and values related to the human body and spirit. At the end of the session, with the theme of "Reverse IDEAs," we will have a talk with the speakers to explore "New Coordinate Axes."

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Innovative City Forum 2019
ICF2019 ASIA-Center Session(DAY2)
"Reverse IDEAs" In Search of New Coordinates from Asian Dynamism

Time & Date November 20 (Wednesday), 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Japan Foundation Asia Center Session (DAY 2)
*Innovative City Forum: November 19 (Tue) to 20 (Wed) 2019

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, Academy Hills
The Japan Foundation Asia Center
The World Economic Forum, International House of Japan, Loftwork,
Admission The Japan Foundation Asia Center session:, ICF Hub session: Each 2,000 JPY (tax incl.) (Capacity of the venue: 250 people)

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

Registration Please access to the application form and select "The Japan Foundation Asia Center Session".
*The form will be available from October 15.
(If you have an invitation code, enter the code on the application form.)
Inquiries ICF secretariat contact information
Arts, Culture, and Exchange Section 2
The Japan Foundation Asia Center
TEL: +81-(0)3-5369-6045
Ms. Nakako Fujishige
Official site Innovative City Forum


"The Evolution of Islamic Fashion in Current Affairs"

Fashion is a mirror that reflects the times, and it is also a communication tool that speaks a soft language. This however, can yield an insightful message. Now, we have invited Ms. Alia Khan, Chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion & Design Council (IFDC), to open with a talk about Islamic fashion and the global impact of her work. This, our introduction on the subject to Japan, will give insight on how Islam and Muslims are being rebranded in the global landscape through fashion. Stereotypes about Muslims are being smashed in non-Muslim countries with the advent of Modest Fashion taking center stage generating a stylish, elegant, and upright image that is attracting fashionistas of all backgrounds. The faith based principles, high demand, along with the style sense of Islamic fashion has breathed a new life in the global fashion industry. We will also be asking Ms.Khan about the values and philosophy behind her work, including business, economics, and information networks that are unique to Islam.

Alia Khan
Islamic Fashion & Design Council (IFDC)

A photo of Ms. Alia Khanア

[Talk Session 1] Proposal from Art
"From Discarded to Revival"
- Celebrating the Death and Rebirth of Technology -

The artist and musician Ei Wada, who revives the analog home appliances which were destined to be thrown away as instruments will be on stage. Ideas are born from the artist's sensitivity and imagination, and a nostalgic tone is emitted from an old-fashioned home appliance. We hope you will feel the world through this video and talk.

Ei Wada
(Artist & Musician)

A photo of Ei Wada

[Talk Session 2] Suggestions from Medical Care
"Asian philosophy"
- Reconsidering the mind and body from an Oriental Holistic Viewpoint -

Dr. Toshiro Inaba has a wide-ranging contact with not only the inside of medical care but also a wide range of fields for the future emergence of medical care and society. Today we welcome for Dr. Inaba to seek "medical care in the future" while working on the teaching platform of the university together with the medical field at the hospital, and Ms. Mangestuti Agil, a professor in Pharmaceutical Botany and Pharmacognosy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia, who has been conducting surveys on original manuscripts of traditional medicines of some Indonesian ethnic groups to find a deeper understanding on the concept of the medicines and past efforts in reaching good health and well-being, we would like them to talk about differences in views (philosophy and values) and common terms. While listening to the potential of "medicine" up until the 21st century, there may be hints for modern medicine that shows a deadlock from the perspective of the body and spirit as an "Asian philosophy."

Toshiro Inaba
Medical Doctor (Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Internal Medicine Department, Tokyo University Hospital )

A photo of Mr. Toshiro Inaba

Mangestuti Agil
Professor (Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Airlangga)

A photo of Prof. Mangestuti Agil

[Talk Session 3] Wrap-up
Reverse IDEAs

There are plenty of hidden "Reverse IDEAs" in the dynamism of Asia where we are living. In this session, which will be a summary, Mr. Andrea Pompilio, who is active in television and radio as a moderator and the speakers will explore each coordinate axis. We would like to visualize "New Coordinates" with you.


Alia Khan, Toshiro Inaba, Mangestuti Agil


Andrea Pompilio
(TV, Radio Personality)

A photo of Mr. Andrea Pompilio

Related Project: JAMU Mini Exhibition Venue Entrance (planned)
It is a place where everyone who visits can deepen your Asia center session experience. At the venue, there will be a health drink called "JAMU," which has been popular with Indonesian people for a long time, an exhibition panel, and "JAMU" ingredients. Please experience it at the venue.

Cooperation: Fragrance Journal, Mr.Yasushi Ueno, Ms.Yumi Takahashi, Dr. Riskina Juwita.

Speakers introduction

Aria Khan
(IFDC Chairwoman)

Founder and chairman of the Islamic Fashion & Design Council (IFDC), an organization established for the development of the Islamic fashion and design industry around the world. Born in Pakistan and raised in North America (Canada and the United States). Currently, we are promoting activities around the world based on offices in seven locations around the world (Canada, Italy, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, USA). She traded with global retailers, fashion weeks, events, and media, and opened a big door to an industry that was previously only open to mainstream fashion players. She leads partnerships with leading companies around the world to develop an unprecedented global network. He has spoken at many conferences around the world and is listed as one of the 50 most influential women in the Arab world (CEO Magazine / Arabian Business). She has been featured in Christian Louboutin's advertising campaign as a major personality and has been featured in academic research, papers, and book publications.
Islamic Fashion & Design Council Offisial Site

Ei Wada

Born in 1987, Ei Wada began working as an artist and musician while still a student, occupying a space between music and the visual arts. In 2009, he formed Open Reel Ensemble, a group that performs live music using instruments fashioned from vintage reel-to-reel tape machines. That same year, he won the Japan Media Arts Festival's Excellence Award in the Art Division for his musical performance art piece Braun Tube Jazz Band, in which CRT TVs were used as instruments. His work has been presented in concert and at exhibitions and events around the world, including Ars Electronica and Sónar. He has also contributed music to the unveilings of collections from Issey Miyake in Paris on 11 separate occasions. In 2015, Wada launched ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS!, a musical ensemble project in which retired consumer electronics are brought back to life as new electronic instruments. For this ongoing project, Wada won the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science a n d Technology's New Artist Award in 2017.
Ei Wada Official Site

Toshiro Inaba
Medical Doctor ( Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Internal Medicine Department, Tokyo University Hospital )

Born in Kumamoto in 1979. Currently an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Tokyo Hospital. He specializes in cardiac catheterization and congenital heart disease, and is also engaged in mountain medicine in the summer while performing home medical care through home visits. Not only Western medicine but also traditional medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, and private medicine can be widely studied in order to create a ground for medical diversity and harmony. He also hosts a study group of the Ishin-ho ("Medical Mind"; the oldest medical book in Japan, edited in the Heian period), which has been designated a national treasure. In ancient Japan, the wisdom of mind and body has been raised to to the level of art, performing art, aethetics, and "Dou (Way)," and the harmony of mind and body has played a role in preventive medicine. Dr. Inaba also practicse Noh (Kanze school). In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, in order to create the emergence of medical care in all fields, we will start activities across various fields. While exploring the modern version of "care," he actively engages in dialogue aimed at human recovery while dealing not only with medical care but also with art and other fields.
Toshiro Inaba Official Site

Mangestuti Agil
Professor (Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Airlangga)

Born in 1950, Mangestuti Agil is a professor in Pharmaceutical Botany and Pharmacognosy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia. She has been a lecturer at the Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry since 1980, and gives lecture on pharmacognosy, pharmaceutical botany, traditional medicine, and phytotherapy. Prof. Mangestuti has passions on traditional medication, women’s health issue and aromatheraphy. Her research interest is thus related to women’s health problems, especially in their menopausal and post-menopausal periods, such as osteoporosis and neurodegeneration. She also participates in the university’s community counseling program to help local women’s organization to enhance their knowledge and skills on traditional medicines and medicinal plants. Such program is part of the Indonesian Government policy in the application of traditional medicine as alternative and complementary medicines. She has been conducting surveys on original manuscripts of traditional medicines of some Indonesian ethnic groups. She found out that understanding such original manuscripts gives her a deeper understanding on the concept of the medicines and past efforts in reaching good health and well-being.


Andrea Pompilio
(TV, Radio Personality)

Andrea Pompilio, as known as Andy, is a citizen of the world. Born to an Italian father and a Japanese mother, he was raised in Tokyo and holds a Dutch passport. He is dedicated to promoting an open-minded spirit and intercultural ties. Currently hosts TV show: NHK WORLD "DESIGN TALKS plus."