The venue for the Rugby World Cup will move from England to Japan, where the tournament is due to be held in 2019. Creative artists, craftspeople, chefs, sporting figures and other people representing the best of Japan were gathering in London at the end of October in 2015 to convey the values of the nation to a worldwide audience. Presentations involving six topics were given over a period of six days by many illustrious individuals who very rarely come together on the same stage.
Japanese cuisine has gained World Heritage status, and the techniques employed in chopping the materials and maintaining their freshness are the product of a profound Japanese philosophy and of an approach to food materials very different from that evident in Western cuisine.
Various people involved in the world of gastronomy including a Michelin-starred chef discussed the fascination of Japanese cuisine.
Did you know that one of Japan's most adored pop idols is actually a virtual star created by singing voice synthesizer? Top Japanese creatives revealed the inventive technology they use to give robots or virtual personae like this a range of 'emotions'.
Traditional and pop culture have both come to symbolise Japan. Although at first glance these two elements might seem like complete opposites, is it possible that they actually influence one another and thereby evolve in new directions? Several speakers showed time- and space-defying presentations.
Explore social innovations that began in Japan designed to improve and support the country's future - experience and discover the new world of cutting-edge next generation TV technology and learn Japan's recent environmental technologies, life science and ITC.
Why do judo wrestlers bow to their opponents? Is the Japanese spirit of fair play, ingrained in even the youngest children, actually rooted in the way of the samurai? In preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sport for Tomorrow discussed Japanese sportsmanship and how they wish to pass it on to the rest of the world.
Japan's true appeal lies not only in major cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, but also in the smaller towns. This presentation showed the highlights of the 12 Japanese cities that will be hosting games during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. This is your chance to plan ahead and pick out destinations for your trip to Japan.
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