Are you looking for a stimulating discussion of Japan from leaders in the here and now? Check out this week’s FLF–TedxTokyo.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a nonprofit making innovate content from thinkers, professionals, and artists around the world readily available online. Inspired by TED’s “ideas worth spreading” mission, TEDxTokyo has independently organized an annual event in Tokyo for the past 3 years with a growing number of speakers and participants. If you weren’t able to attend 2011’s event on May 21st, all of the 30+ talks/performances are viewable for free! The program page leads to the participants’ bios and a full video. Talks are digestible at 15 minutes or shorter. Additionally, simultaneous Japanese interpretation is available on the youtube channel.
The diversity of the speakers’ field of expertise means there is certainly something for everyone. My personal favorites so far are Kathy Matsui’s talk and SMILY’s didgeridoo and beatboxing. TEDxTokyo is a fun way to see and hear the energy and inspiring ideas spread by remarkable people concerned with the future of Japan. They may help you find your own inspiration, so get your thinking caps on!
Juggler/Dancer Maro performs first at TEDxTokyo 2011:Enter the Unknown