Socrates Cafe

This year, TOKYO DESIGN WEEK will include 30 sessions of Socrates Cafe, a special event where creators and cultural figures will come together to discuss a wide variety of topics. Event participants are invited to drink wine, discuss and debate with special guests in a space where new ideas and new answers will be born.


Theme: Free (example: local revitalization projects, etc.)
Content: Discussion moderated by special guests and their partners
Schedule: 30 sessions will be held from 10/24 (Sat.) through 11/3 (Tues.)
Special Guests: To be announced
Socrates Cafe Executive Committee (DESIGN ASSOCIATION NPO)
President: Katsumi Asaba 
Chairman: Kenji Kawasaki
Board of Directors: Kenichiro Mogi, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Akihiro Nishino
※Tickets will be available for purchase from the TDW website beginning in mid-September.
※Ticket price is 3500 yen (includes admission to TDW and wine at the event). Space is limited to 80 participants.
For a schedule of special guests, please see below.

Oct. 24th (Sat)
 13:00-15:00 Yohei Sadoshima (Cork, Inc. Co-Founder/CEO) × Mai Shiotani (PR・Web Publishing)

Oct. 24th (Sat)
 16:00-18:00 Akihiro Nishino (Actor) × Kazuma Ieiri (Entrepreneur)

Oct. 24th (Sat)
 19:00-21:00 Leslie Kee (Photographer)

Oct. 25th(Sun)
 13:00-15:00 Kenichiro Mogi(Neuroscientist)

Oct. 25th(Sun)
 16:00-18:00 Ururu Kaigo (Culinary Expert) × Akira Morikawa (Former President of LINE Corporation, Entrepreneur, C Channel Founder/CEO)

Oct. 26th(Mon)
 19:00-21:00 Toyo Ito (Architect) × Sachiko Fukumoto(Actress, Underwater Performer)

Oct. 27th(Tue)
 13:00-15:00 Daisuke Yanasawa(KAYAC Inc. CEO)× Masahide Miyata(kanshin!,Inc. CEO)× Toshio Tsuchiya(LIFE VIDEO,Inc. CEO / Nippon Television Network Corporation.  編成局ゼネラル・プロデューサー)

Oct. 27th(Tue)
 16:00-18:00 Toshiyuki Inoko (teamLab Founder) × Tsunehiro Uno (Critic, review magazine PLANETS Editor in Chief)

Oct. 27th(Tue)
 19:00-21:00 Yasuhiro Suzuki (Artist) × Kosuke Tsumura (Fashion Designer)

Oct. 30th(Fri)
 13:00-15:00 Seiichi Hishikawa(Creative Director/Video Artist/Photographer、DRAWING AND MANUAL Founder、 Musashino Art University Professer)

Oct. 31st(Sat)
 19:00~21:00 Koichi Kawajiri(Editor、Visiting Professor at Tōhoku University of Art & Design)× Atsuko Isamoto(Editor、Illustrator、Copywriter)×ICF(Ishigaki Creative Flag)members

Nov. 1st(Sun)
 13:00-15:00 Hiroyuki Izutsu (Illustrator) × Kintaro Takahashi (Illustrator) × Hide Nakaya

Nov. 1st(Sun)
 16:00-18:00 Saki Yamakawa(Crazy Wedding Brand Manager) × Kazuhiko Moriyama(CRAZY,inc. CEO) × CRAZY新事業メンバー

Nov. 1st(Sun)
 19:00-21:00 Katsumi Asaba(Art Director) × Ryoichi Enomoto(Creative Director)

Nov. 2nd(Mon)
 19:00-21:00 Interactive Communication Experts(I.C.E) × Arina Tsukada

Nov. 3rd(Tue)
 13:00-15:00 Kaoru Mende (Lighting Designer) × Hirohito Totsune(Lighting designer)

Nov. 3rd(Tue)
 16:00-18:00 Misha Janette(Fashion Journalist/Fashion Director/『Tokyo Fashion Diary』Blogger)

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