TEDxYouth@Kyoto 2013

Possibility of Ideas

TEDxYouth@Kyoto BlogOur event TEDxYouth@Kyoto 2013 ended a great success.
We are thankful to all of the participants who came to our event.
You can watch Videos of the event here.

Speakers List



Ritsumeikan University, Faculty of Literature, 4th year student

Yukiko was born on June 15th, 1991 into Wakayagi-ryu, the head family of Nihonbuyo (Traditional Japanese Dance). As the first daughter of Juen Wakayagi, Yukiko performed her first professional dance, Nagauta “Kiku Zukushi”, at 4 years of age. Since then, she has performed in numerous Nihonbuyo events around Japan. She received a certificate as an accredited master in Nihonbuyo, obtaining her stage name, Wakayagi Yukiko, at the age of 17. As part of her goal to educate the younger generation in Nihonbuyo, Yukiko takes an active part in introducing Japanese traditional dance through her performances as well as working as a Nihonbuyo instructor at Kyoto Koka Senior High School.


Eddy Joe Reber

Doshisha Business School, Global MBA Graduate

Eddy was born in Pucallpa, Peru, on the outskirts of the Amazon rain forest. After living some years in Lima, he moved to Switzerland where he graduated with a degree in International Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Olten, Switzerland. Eddy is a Global MBA graduate student from the Doshisha University Business School, where he focused on the Green Management stream. Through his background in green business education and the “OMRON Responsible Leader Development Project” at Doshisha University, Eddy focuses on environmentally friendly business solutions. He has decided to pursue his research on sustainable footwear.



Kyoto University, Faculty of Agriculture, 3rd year student

Born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Haruka’s joy and motivation comes from the satisfaction of seeing people enjoying the vegetables he cultivates at his farm in Maibara City, Shiga Prefecture. As a member of the Crop Science Society of Japan, he is conducting research on the DNA of daizu (dried soybeans) and has founded the Agricultural Platform iSA, searching for a means to create sustainable agriculture. He hopes that iSA will become a platform for the integration of agricultural knowledge from a biological, engineering and economic point of view. Combining the perspectives of a farmer with those of an academic, Haruka will enlighten us with a new perspective on agriculture.



Educational Innovator

Dr. Iiyoshi is a professor at the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education at Kyoto University. He served as the Director of the Knowledge Media Laboratory at the Carnegie Foundation and the Senior Strategist in the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology at MIT. Envisioning the future of higher education, he also works with various national and international projects and organizations as an advisor. He is the co-editor of “Open Up Education” (MIT Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Learning with the Web – Open Education and the Knowledge Revolution” (Chikuma Shobou, 2010).



Creator / Personality

Tehu is a 3rd year student at Nada High School in Kobe, one of the most prestigious private high schools in Japan. While a student at Nada Junior High School, he taught himself programming and created the well-received “Health Calculator” and “Radioactivity Calculator” iPhone applications. He has continued to take part in a variety of projects as a creative director and designer. In addition to focusing on his studies, his activities and interests gradually shifted from computer science to media arts, including playing an active role in broadcasting “Ustream” productions, as a regular internet-radio personality and producer of music groups.



Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, 3rd year student

Born and raised in Kyoto, IKKYU is a student at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. She recently received first prize in “A Pair Presentation Contest on Japanese Culture” sponsored by Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, presenting on the art of Kamishibai (Japanese Storytelling). Fascinated by the Kamishibai style, she began studying the craft to become a Japanese storyteller, joining the Kamishibai group “Yassan Ichiza”. On the 2nd, 12th, 22nd, and 23rd of every month, IKKYU performs Kamishibai at Kiyomizu Temple, in both English and Japanese, with her seniors. In the future she hopes to travel to different countries to share the joy and art of Kamishibai.


YEO Inhyeok


Yeo was born in Seoul, Korea in 1987, and is a recent graduate from Kyoto University, Department of Economics. After serving mandatory military service in Korea for 2 years, he returned to Japan to graduate from Kyoto University. While still a student, Yeo recorded a video production of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, using only his voice to sing all instruments and vocals. His YouTube video of “Thriller” went viral and received attention from around the world. He is currently working with a company in Tokyo, and at the same time continuing to create and release his musical projects, keeping alive his dream of one day winning the Grammy Award.



Resident artist of Taizo-in temple in Myoshinji Zen school

Yuki is a resident artist of Taizo-in temple in the Myoshinji Zen School. A graduate from Kyoto University of Art and Design, She was awarded the Grand Prize at “AMUSE ARTJAM in Kyoto”, the Award of Excellence at “JEANS FACTORY ART AWARD 2008”, and a Project Award at “GALLERY RAKU 2010”. During her school years, Yuki focused on shojo-manga based art and massive drawings. Since 2011, she has been taking part in the “Taizo-in Hojo Fusuma-e Painting Project”, aimed at preserving Japanese cultural heritage and educating young artists. Throughout this project, she will be living in the temple while she completes the 64 sliding door paintings.



President of NPO, Homedoor

Born in Osaka in 1991 and a graduate from Osaka City University, Kana is the Founder and President of the NPO, Homedoor, an NPO focused on helping the homeless. At age 14, she discovered the problems homeless people face and organized lectures and workshops with over 100 participants. In her 2nd year of high school, she became a Volunteer Goodwill Ambassador and participated in an international conference in Washington, D.C. Kana has been awarded the CVG Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award, Japan University Student of the Year Award of 2011, and the Nikkei Women of the Year Award (Youth Leader Section).


Emma Harrison

4th year student at Doshisha University, Policy studies

Emma spent the first three years of her life in England, followed by three years in Australia. She lived in Osaka, Aichi and Manchester during her elementary years and settled in Hyogo prefecture upon entering junior high school. As a student, Emma took part in international exchange activities and cooperation programs in Indonesia, Sri-Lanka and Kenya. She was a representative at the “Japan-Kenya Student Conference” and participated in organizing international exchange activities programs. She now works to spread the voices of young people through the TICAD V student project. Emma is currently spending her year in Tokyo as an intern at JVC, Advocacy team, and UNHCR, External relations.




Prof. Matsuzawa is a professor at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University and president of the International Primatological Society. He entered Kyoto University as a philosophy major and enthusiastic mountain climber. After graduate school, Prof. Matsuzawa became an assistant professor at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University. In 1978, he started the “Ai-Project”, in which he taught language-like skills to chimpanzees. He continues to be active in primatology research, a field in which he is known to be a pioneer. He recently started the “Green Corridor Project”, which aims to protect wild chimpanzees and their habitat in Africa.



Broker/Representative of the Rwanda e-Education Project.

Doga is 19 years old and a recent graduate from an English boarding school. He is a representative of the Rwanda e-Education Project, currently devoting his time to agricultural business in Africa and the Rwanda “e-Education Project”. Doga hopes to reduce the educational gap by providing DVDs for children in developing countries. He has also coordinated a charity organization and organized a fashion show in India, inspiring the world with his vision and energy. He will enter a university in Britain this year.

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What is TEDxYouth@Kyoto 2013 ?

TEDxYouth@Kyoto is hosted in Kyoto City, Japan, known as the ‘city of students’. Kyoto has earned this title due to the fact that it is home to over 30 universities/colleges and also has the highest percentage of students in its population than any other prefecture in Japan.

Universities offer students the opportunity to develop within, and contribute to, specific academic fields; they provide a place where students can endlessly challenge themselves to discover limitless possibilities. Of course, it is not only university students who make universities places where ideas grow- researchers, graduates, junior high school and high school students are all involved to contribute a variety of ideas from their unique viewpoints. Kyoto City is filled with vigor and eagerness for learning – another reason why Kyoto is recognized as Japan’s ‘city of students’.

TEDx events are independently organized events, created in the spirit of TED’s mission, ‘ideas worth spreading’. We believe that universities share the similar values as TEDx– both involve individuals who contribute their own expertise, while the organization as a whole is dynamic and diverse. Like TEDx, universities have the potential to become a platform to spread innovative ideas and inspire the people in their communities.

We aim to create a time and a place for the speakers and you, the participants, to share your thoughts with each other in order to realize our limitless possibilities.

TEDxYouth@Kyoto 2013, exploring the ”Possibility of Ideas”