TEDxKyoto 2016 Live Blog

tXk2016 stage

Hello and welcome to TEDxKyoto 2016, here you will find information throughout the day about what is going on: New updates are at the top.

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5:25 p.m.
Our last performer today is Kris Roche: Kris’ father is from New York and his mother is from Tokyo, two of the largest and most iconic cities in the world. Growing up in Kyoto, he always had the feeling of bridging two cultures. When he became nineteen, he entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his time at school he gained valuable experience and credibility as a street performer, testing his musical talents in Boston and New York. Since returning to Japan, he has had the opportunity to pursue his own style and perform all around the country, combining elements of various genres. The music of Kris Roche truly represents a bridge between east and west, the voice and the melody, the heart and the mind.

He is really putting an exclamation point on the end of a fantastic day of TEDxKyoto. Incredible.

Watch him playing a well known song here: HERE:

And his original Be Love

5:14 p.m.
Behind the scenes: our volunteer sound-man and local Kyoto artist Joel Stewart has long supported musicians in the local area, and we are lucky to have him helping our performers for TEDxKyoto.

Joel stewart support

5:09 p.m.
What a group of volunteers! What a volunteer picture!

4:40 p.m.

When Ms. Masuda’s daughter acted in a film, she became interested in film making. In 2003, when she was 40 years old, she made her dream come true with “The Wind Carpet,” a movie co-produced with Iran. After that first foray into international film, she made a number of films in Korea and Qatar. Her works take advantage of the strengths of women working freelance, while understanding their limitations. her work goes beyond individual nations or organizations, and speaks to the human experience. Ms. Masuda has something important to share with us through her movies.


4:25 p.m.

Kaz Yamaguchi spent a portion of his childhood in the United States, and came back to Japan as a ‘returnee’, which, he believes, gives him a distinctly different outlook. When he and his wife Mariko were married in 2013, they went to over 48 countries in 400 days, and recorded the journey with an original “selfie project”. Making use of a drone, and creatively embracing technology, his vision captured the attention of the media and internet. The BBC and other outlets covered their adventure, encouraging others to dream big.


4:03 p.m.

We all know the poster animals, the big symbols of species in crisis such as the tiger, panda, hippopotamus, and snow leopard. In this era of recent high profile endangered animals, Kamei has been at the forefront to save species in danger of extinction. In the laboratory he belongs to in Kyoto University, cell-integrated system-based, interdisciplinary research has been addressed on a daily basis. What is this? Hear him explain it.


3:45 p.m. Nya Lyte takes the stage to start speaker session 2. Nya and her husband have a wide range of projects and involvements, but when asked backstage “What link or what work would you like us to share on our homepage?” she answered without hesitation: our work with the Koyamada foundation. She didn’t say “MY work,” she said “OUR work”.

See more here:

2:55 p.m.

Everyone is having a great time in the break, this is an ideal time for speakers, participants, and volunteers to share with each other, to meet, to compare feelings and ideas. In short: **THIS is what TEDx is all about!**

Amy speaker with sign

participants in break

photo team with Mitsugi

2:40 p.m.
After an amazing first session of speakers we are headed to break. The participants sure have a lot to think about, and the weather and venue couldn’t be better. Kyle’s activity ‘I wish my (—) knew (—)’ will be completed by participants in a booth outside, and we are sure to see some amazing answers to that simple sentence.

2:18 p.m.
Kyle Schwartz is an amazing educator with a powerful but universal tool — ask the students! Her heartfelt message will bring tears of joy and inspiration to the audience, and more people around the world need to hear this! She has my attention!

“Children have the amazing capacity of reflection.”
-Kyle Schwartz

View a link to her book here:

kyle schwartz book cover

2:05 p.m.

The next speaker has taken the stage, Amy is a hard act to follow, but Takuya Murai also has a powerful message. Aiding in the growth and development of children is such an important and valuable contribution to society, you can see that Takuya is passionate and emotional about making the world a better place in his own community by helping its most vulnerable citizens, the young children who deserve safety and security.

Here is a link to an NHK program featuring him.

1:46 p.m.

Amy Robinson Sterling: Amy and her message are both really amazing – usually we don’t get that excited talking about the structure of the brain, but she brings it to us in a way that is truly mind-boggling, staggering, and truly impressive. She was introduced by our communication team member Raj, who works in the field of video games, and he pointed out that it is really a wonder of the modern world that we can use technology not only to do amazing things, and not only to entertain, but BOTH. She works with AI and huge data sets to map the brain. So what is the obvious solution? Get the general public to help, by making it a challenging and fun puzzle that people can join.




1:32 p.m.

Taro Yamamoto is now on the stage, he also possesses a distinct and unique vision. His work brings the ancient art form of Japanese Rimpa into the present day. In this form, where the apprentice must faithfully reproduce the works of the master, he turns the form on its head. His time in Kyoto as an art student made him see the new and the old side by side.


1:15 p.m.

These two are really setting a wonderful stage for the event today. Taro Inoue plays in such a clear and distinct style, if you have a chance you should really look for more of his work available online on platforms such as YouTube. Reiko also has literally “written the book” about the classical art of flower arranging, bringing her expertise to the world audience.

1:00 p.m.

Session one has started. We watched a wonderful introductory video and Jay has introduced the first speakers. Here we will enjoy a collaboration of art and music, as Reiko Takenaka and Taro Inoue capture the attention of the audience with a performance that combines the delicate and distincitve sounds of Taro on the mandolin with Reiko’s talent as a world-class and internationally known practitioner of the ancient art of Japanese Ikebana flower arranging.

Taro Reiko

12:50 p.m.

Only ten minutes to go before the start of TEDxKyoto 2016. the Morita Hall is filling up and both the participants and the volunteers are brimming over with excitement. Backstage, our first performers, Taro Inoue (world class musician) and Reiko Takenaka (space creator, Ikebana expert) are ready to take the stage. Tune in to the live stream to see and hear them live, and get ready for a great day with us.

Jay intro.

12:15 p.m.
The livestream of our event is starting. Here, you can watch the speaker sessions in real time from anywhere – or any device! If you haven’t been able to make it to Kyoto, this is your chance to be a part of TEDxKyoto 2016.

CLICK for a link to the livestream broadcast of TEDxKyoto 2016!

11:45 a.m.

Participants are starting to arrive and line up, and they look like they’re ready for a great day. Here are some of the ticketing volunteers getting things ready:

outdoor ticketing prep

10:55 a.m. Everyone is excited and active. You have no idea how much work goes on behind the scenes to make sure that the event is of the highest quality. Photographers like Javier, Raj, and Mariko, editors like Laura, Mallory, SNS team members like Mai, Keiko, Jen, and Toshiki – people from more than 8 countries are united to bring you the best quality photos and videos of the day.

communiction team pic

10:30 a.m.

Behind the stage the combination of professional (volunteering their services today!) and amateur tech staff make it all happen, and there is a lot that goes into bringing this to the stage.


9:30 a.m. Sunday October 16th — the volunteers have already arrived and there is a high level of activity as everyone finds their teams and their duties for the day. Angus McGregor, leader of the Show team, gave everyone encouragement and reminded us that “everyone is a participant”; the volunteers for TEDxKyoto are not *behind* the scenes, they are part of the scene. Kenji Takaya, team leader of operations, explained the schedule for the day, and the tech crew is putting the final touches on the video and audio, making sure that everything will be perfect, or close to it.

Outside, the weather looks like it is cooperating with us and serving up a beautiful Kyoto fall day, the sun is shining and the temperature is just right for a day full of activities that will spill out of the Morita Memorial Hall and into the terrace area that has been skillfully decorated to ensure the best break and after party that we have seen.

TEDxKyoto sets the bar high for TEDx events, and the dedicated volunteers have just become better and better in their roles. You can see that we have been doing this for a few years, and there are familiar faces as well as a great atmosphere, something you only feel in a place like this.

Kenji and Angus

7:07pm, Saturday October 15th —

The volunteer teams have been working hard all day, doing sound checks, testing the video, and practicing the talks so that tomorrow everything goes well.

Stay updated, we are looking forward to the best TEDxKyoto event to date!