26th February 7:00pm WorkCentral @ Dhoby Ghaut
"Trending with experts on Japan's culture, tourism, & latest happenings."
"When you start your journey with TAKUMI, you are no longer a Tourist, but a Traveler. Locals do not change their identities to entertain you, but you changing yours to walk into their daily life. "
About the Speakers
Mr. Wyne Png
Founder, TAKUMI Holidays Pte Ltd
Wyne, has been in the travel industry for more than 20years and has being crafting trips for international travelers to all over Japan. Over the years, he notices new age travelers are no longer 100% interested in just visiting touristic sights. Some of the best reviews given were whenever there were opportunities to interact with the locals. There is a desire shift from being a tourist to being a traveler. To Wyne, a REAL local experience is not something the locals changing their identifies to entertain travelers, but the travelers changing theirs to walk into the lives of the REAL locals.
Thus the Idea of Takumi is born. “What if we could just connect the locals directly these new age travelers, easily?” It can be as simple as bringing travelers to their favourite local market. This is already special to travelers as it is what the locals do in their daily lives. With the growing emphasis of travel industry in Japan, especially towards Tokyo 2020, the Takumi eco system will benefit both travelers and locals directly.
Mr. Tong Cheuk Fung
Founder, WASABI Creation Pte Ltd
Business Consultant bridging businesses across Japan, Singapore, and the rest of Asia
Tong is the founder of WASABI Creation, a consulting company bridging businesses across Japan, Singapore, and other parts of Asia. He has supported Japanese companies in their businesses in Singapore, as well as helping Singapore companies in market entry to Japan. Tong started learning Japanese at 13 as a third language. At 15, during his first trip to Japan for homestay at Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, it opened his world to Japan, and the rest is history. He obtained JLPT N1 at 18, won the top prize for both "O" Level Japanese, and "AO" Level Japanese, as well as First Prize in Japanese Speech Contest Open Category when he was serving military service.
In 2014, after spending 5 years in Japan, Tong returned to Singapore to set up WASABI Creation, for “creating awesome projects between Japan, Singapore, and the rest of Asia”. Tong’s goal is to make WASABI Creation the catalyst for creating business opportunities, developing close relationships, and explore possibilities between businesses in Asia. WASABI Creation’s mission is to spice up Asia with a sprinkle of Japan’s wonders, just like the overwhelming taste and burning sensation of the green Wasasbi.
(匠 )TAKUMI is the highest status given to craftsman who excels beyond their area o speciality. （一期一会）Ichi-go-ichi-e means treasure each meeting as the last. Every meeting crafted by TAKUMI Holidays between the Host and Travelers should be the most precious experience they will ever get in their lifetime, This beautiful relationship sets the foundation of our philosophy. http://www.takumiholidays.net/
Date: 26th February (Mon) Evening: 1900~2100 (opening 1830)
Venue: WorkCentral Singapore Shopping Centre 190 Clemenceau Avenue #04-10 Singapore 239924
Capacity: 30 people max
Fee: $20, Refreshments and drinks provided
1830~1900 Registration, Refreshment & Networking
1900~1930 Introduction & short presentation by speakers
1930~2015 Focus group interview with participants
2015~2030 Questions & discussion from the participants
2100 The End
About WASABI Discovery
WASABI Discovery is a casual presentation and meet-up event for the world to make new discovery about Japan and its people. At each event, we invite a couple of special guests to share and discuss about culture, people, happenings, or simply any topic from Japan that is worth discovering. We will also engage the participants in the conversation to make comparisons and contrasts with the local or other countries. This is a meet-up for people who have great interest in Japan, it's traditions, and cultures. Participants are welcome to join in the conversation with the special guests, sharing experiences and opinions. If you have an interesting topic in mind, feel free to propose to us and make it into a great discussion session.
Kindly pre-register for advance tickets for WASABI Insight by clicking on"GET TICKET" on the right.
Due to limited seats and sold-out previous events, early pre-registration online is advised.
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Full detail: http://www.wasabicreation.com/wasabi-discovery-8-takumi
Past WASABI Discovery Events
WASABI Discovery vol.1 "Japan Travel: the Paths Less Travelled" by JR East & IPPIN Cafe & Bar
WASABI Discovery: CHITOSE BIO EVOLUTION "Agriculture from Japan to the world" (Read more)
WASABI Discovery: Hoshino Coffee "Japan's Coffee & Cafe Culture" (Read more)
WASABI Discovery~ "Omotenashi... Revealing the secrets of Japan's hospitality" by Ishikawa Prefecture (Read more)