A stepping stone into Japan’s lesser known cuisines and travel destinations
Singapore, 25 May 2018 – JAPAN PARK SINGAPORE (JPSG) is Singapore’s first all-in-one event for die-hard and casual fans of Japan, held on Saturday, 4 to Sunday, 5 August at Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 403 and 404. JPSG brings an assembly of the best offerings from Japan’s 47 Prefectures curated into 6 Zones for convenient navigation – WA-Shiok Gourmet Festa, Discover Japan, Technology & Lifestyle, Omakase Stage, Kids Sports and CharaExpo Mini.
With the event tagline “Play, Get and Taste a selection from 47 Prefectures”, JPSG promises a comprehensive itinerary for all ages. Attendees can expect event-exclusive menus, an exquisite selection of Japanese food and beverages, a curated line-up of currently trending and traditional performances and insightful booths presented by local prefecture representatives offering insider tips to add to your travel bucket list.
The Omakase Stage will be a time portal of traditional and popular acts featuring high-profile musicians and performers. Amongst the star-studded line-up is Nishikawa Ukon, the third generation director of the elite Nishikawa Company and a prominent figure of Classical Japanese Dance. He will make his first appearance in Singapore, accompanied by traditional Japanese female dancers for an alluring live performance.
“Japan is at the forefront as one of Singapore’s top choices for vacation and culinary appreciation. Despite saturated interest, there is a lack of Japan-centric events in Singapore.
We want to fill the gap and provide a wholesome environment for this growing demographic and be especially attentive towards organising family-friendly activities for the young and the old.
We are grateful that the Japanese restaurants, prefectural government offices and companies we connected with were encouraged by our event concept and promptly pledged their participation. We are working closely with our partners to grant our Attendees first dibs to menus that have yet been made available in Singapore,” said Haruhiko Miyano, Managing Director of Amuse Entertainment Singapore.
The Organisers, Amuse Entertainment Singapore, have tied in support from industry experts like Bushiroad, overseeing CharaExpo Mini’s operations and content line-up. WA-Shiok Gourmet Festa will be curated and managed by the Organisers of Food Japan, OJ Partners and WAttention, purveyor to successful campaigns like Ramen Revolution and Tanjong Pagar Shotengai. Leverage will also be made on the expertise of SOZO, creators of Anime Festival Asia, to provide value and enhance consumer experience.
Online sales for early bird tickets will be available on 16 June via http://www.apactix.com/. Door tickets are available on 4 and 5 August at Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 403 and 404. Children below 12 years old enter for free. For more information, visit http://jpsg.asia
About the Show
JAPAN PARK SINGAPORE (JPSG) is Singapore’s first all-in-one event for die-hard & casual fans of Japan. The Show is an assembly of the best offerings from Japan’s 47 Prefectures curated into 6 Zones – Wa-Shiok Gourmet Festa, Discover Japan, Technology & Lifestyle, Omakase Stage, Kids
Sports and CharaExpo Mini.
JAPAN PARK SINGAPORE is supported by Japan Creative Centre (JCC), JNTO Singapore Office and JETRO Singapore.
About the Organizer
Amuse Entertainment Singapore is Amuse Inc.’s global network of subsidiaries with a mission to bring and create world-class quality entertainment to the region. Amuse Inc. is one of the top talent management and entertainment companies in Japan. Amuse represents some of the biggest artists and actors in Japan, include ONE OK ROCK, Southern All Stars, Fukuyama Masaharu, Satoh Takeru, Miura Haruma, flumpool, Perfume, BABYMETAL, and more. Amuse also produces blockbuster Japanese films such as “Attack on Titan”, “Rurouni Kenshin”, and the award-winning “Like Father, Like Son”.
ABOUT JAPAN PARK SINGAPORE’S ZONES
WA-Shiok Gourmet Festa
WA-Shiok Gourmet Festa will host a smorgasbord of event-exclusive menus! With a holistic gourmet concept of enjoying flavours from 47 Prefectures, popular restaurants will whip up palates and complementary beverages representative of Japan’s Prefectures and also unique to JAPAN PARK SINGAPORE.
To finish off the ultimate culinary experience, will be a curated selection of souvenirs ready to be wrapped and taken home!
The Discover Japan Zone is more than just agencies selling travel packages. It is THE opportunity to unload your wanderlust curiosities unto experienced professionals and get valuable insights to make your trip to Japan a memorable and fulfilling one!
Visit Japan’s public broadcaster NHK WORLD-JAPAN’s booth to learn more about Japan and hang out with their official mascot Domo-kun!
Lifestyle & Technology
Lifestyle & Technology strives to drive quality enhancement of people’s daily hustle and bustle while promoting efficiency and reducing inconvenience through technology.
Besides tech gadgets and gizmos, the Akita Inu Collectible, boasting intricate and high-quality craftsmanship will also be made available for the first time in Singapore.
Come through to the SAMURAI ROOM, a tatami room that will host live presentations of the Japanese Tea Ceremony while granting rare opportunities to interact with traditional Japanese female entertainers.
CharaExpo mini Zone
This year, the highly anticipated CharaExpo will be held in the form of CharaExpo Mini within JAPAN PARK SINGAPORE.
CharaExpo Mini features Bushiroad’s most beloved contents such as “BanG Dream!”, “Cardfight!! Vanguard”, “Future Card Buddyfight” & “Love Live School idol festival”.
Fans of games and anime can look forward to meeting the voice actors and artists, while exploring the fun-filled mini game and card game corner! Amateurs, fret not! We’ve got you covered with step-by-step guidance at the Trading Card Game Corner to see you through to the next level!
Kids Sports Zone
As the saying goes; our children’s well-being is the Nation’s top priority! At the Kids Sports Zone, in collaboration with Albirex Niigata FC (Singapore), a Football club in the Singapore Premier League, will be organising activities to determine the children’s agility, flexibility and sportsmanship as well as mini soccer games.
Omakase means, to be entrusted with the best. At the Omakase Stage, we hope to offer insights and spark an interest in Japanese traditional arts as well as the culture and discipline surrounding it. The programme line-up will be a well-thought curation by the Organisers to provide value and enhance consumer experience by bringing out the best of Japan’s traditional and current entertainment acts.
From centuries-old cultural acts to current popular culture, JPSG presents a cast of high-profile entertainment guests at the Omakase Stage!
Look forward to dynamic performances by Shamisen x Rock duo KUNI-KEN, celebration of prefecture festivities, calligraphy mural art by prominent ink-painting artist OKAZU, graceful and captivating dance choreography by traditional Japanese female entertainers, live band performance by popular voice actors and talk shows with Pro-Wrestlers.
Most importantly, you won’t want to miss exclusive footage introducing the wonders of all 47 Prefectures of Japan!
Also, be sure your mobile’s on 100% for photo opportunities with character mascots!
WA-SHIOK GOURMET FESTA EXHIBITORS
Voted as one of the top 50 Japanese chefs by European Monde Selection in 2016, the chef, with his main outlet in Kanagawa Prefecture, has spent years formulating the most delicious Hamburg steak using Hokkaido’s Kuroge Wagyu.
Bistro Ryu (Hakata)
Black curry is unique and gaining popularity in Japan. Based in Hakata City, Bistro Ryu’s own concoction is created by simmering pork & chicken broth overnight which brings out the richness of Japanese curry.
Shibaura Genghis Khan
Shibaura Genghis Khan has become a gourmet name in Hokkaido. Once known as the staple food for the warriors of the Mongol Empire, generous portions of lean lamb shanks are mixed with outer fat to maximise the richness of this delicacy. Served with a light home-made sauce and rice, this dish will delight even the most health-conscious of patrons.
KIDS SPORTS ZONE
ALBIREX NIIGATA FC (SINGAPORE)
Albirex Niigata FC (Singapore) is a professional Japanese soccer team that has been playing for the S.League since 2004 and has been on a winning streak for the last three years.
Besides soccer, Albirex Niigata FC (Singapore) also operates a Cheer Dance School, manages a Singapore-based healthcare project and offers education assistance services In Barcelona, Yangon and Hong Kong.
2017 Champion for S.League, Singapore Community Shield, Singapore League Cup and Singapore Cup
2016 Champion of S.League, Singapore Community Shield, Singapore League Cup and Singapore Cup
2015 Champion for Singapore League Cup and Singapore Cup
At the Kids Sports Zone, Albirex Niigata FC (Singapore) will be organising activities to determine the children’s agility, flexibility and sportsmanship as well as mini soccer games.
TECHNOLOGY & LIFESTYLE GUEST
Nakanishi Sou wears many hats. He is the owner of the Japanese Salon Kokorone, CEO of JP, a creative entertainment company, an entertainment producer, Master of Japanese Tea Ceremony, Lecturer at the Institute of Sound Arts and Director of the NOSS Association.
During his time with Toho Music, he was responsible for producing Japanese cast recordings of major musicals such as Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Elisabeth, Mozart!, Jekyll & Hyde and Twelfth Nights.
After taking over the reins at JP, Sou published all 100 volumes of Sengoku-oh, a magazine that tells of the Warring States period. His passion for Japanese tradition is apparent with the opening of Japanese Salon Kokorone at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre in 2016, a tribute to Japanese Dance and its arts. Sou also frequently demonstrates the Japanese Tea Ceremony to foreign visitors, and also hopes to convey the true meaning of “Omotenashi” to the world.
OMAKASE STAGE GUEST
The eldest son of the second Koisaburo Nishikawa, the third director of The Nishikawa School was born in Nagoya in 1939. He studied dance under his father’s tutelage, first performing before an audience at the age of three. At 16 he became a student of Kanjuro Fujima, considered the greatest authority on Japanese dance. He choreographed his first original dance at age 19 and has since created over 3000 compositions. In 1962 he won the Nagoya Pen Club Award for his original work “Yaeyama Tsubaki”.
In 1983 after the death of his father, Ukon Nishikawa inherited the leadership of the Nishikawa School. A special performance celebrating his succession was given in Tokyo and featured many Kabuki and Odori artists honoring the beginning of his career as headmaster.
Under his guidance, the school has established itself as one of the leading authorities on traditional Japanese Dance. Its classic style of Odori is taught throughout Japan. With over 5000 licensed instructors, its enrollment has grown to over 50,000.
In addition to serving the Japanese audience, Ukon founded Nishikawa Kai, a foundation with the mission of making traditional Japanese dance known to more people. In 1984 Ukon led the first Odori U.S. tour and has followed since with tours to the U.S. and to Europe.
At present Ukon resides in Nagoya where he choreographs, performs and oversee the education of his students. His wife and three children are all Odori artists.
OMAKASE STAGE GUEST
OKAZU, born in 1985, is an ink-wash painting artist with the Sengoku Dama, an Organization formed to pay homage to the Warring States period.
OKAZU’s works center around the Warring States period, aiming to depict the beauty within chaos. He is known for his distinctive and dynamic style of painting, showing the raw beauty of brush strokes without the need for shading and gradations.
● Collaboration with Kamen Rider BLACK RX for the planning and production of merchandise
● Collaboration with Dragon Ball for the planning and production of Ichiban Kuji merchandise
● Collaboration with FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST on artwork
● Collaboration with One Piece on for the planning and production of Ichiban Kuji merchandise
● Opening Performance and Main Visual for Pokemon Dragon King War 3
● Performance at Japan Expo 2017 in Thailand
● Appeared in TV Program, Jump Police Undercover Mission
● Collaborated with Monster Hunter on game artwork
● Collaborated with Sword Art Online on artwork
Jan 2017 Ink painting of Spider-Man and Iron Man for the Marvel Exhibition
Dec 2016 Visuals for the Warring States Period Exhibition
Nov 2016 Artwork for the 10 Warriors of Sanada and the Samurai Warriors event
Jul 2016 T.M. REVOLUTION’s new album
Jun 2016 Ink painting of characters from anime series Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Artwork for the Sanada Yukimura Panel for the Taiga Drama Historical Exhibition
May 2016 Race of Spring at Kyoto Racecourse
Solo exhibition in Taiwan
Mar 2016 Contributed to the Sanada 10 Warriors Yebisu Garden Place
Participated in the Rekitame live at EX Theatre Roppongi
Feb 2016 Performed in Johor Bahru, Malaysa
Jan 2016 Painted ema (wooden blocks) for Kanda Shrine
Nov 2015 Background art for theatrical play shoju
Oct 2015 Live performance at Tennoji Sanada Yukimura Village with voice actor Suwabe Junichi
LIFESTYLE & TECHNOLOGY GUEST
Tomotaka Takahashi creates, designs, and invents unique and original humanoids (Ropid, FT, Chroino, Neon), including robot astronaut “Kirobo”, robot smartphone “RoBoHoN” and De Agostini “Robi”. His passion for the cutting edge in robotics brings him into collaborations with other leaders in the field, researchers and corporations.
Accolades and Awards
● Founder and CEO of Robo Garage
● Research Associate Professor of The University of Tokyo
● Visiting Professor of Osaka Electro-Communication University
● TIME magazine ‘Coolest Inventions 2004’
● Popular Science magazine ‘33 persons changing the future’
● 3 Guinness world records for Evolta and Kirobo
● Robo-cup world champion 2004-2008
OMAKASE STAGE GUEST
Born in Yokkaichi, Mie, brothers KUNIAKI and KENJI, form the Shamisen Rock unit KUNI-KEN. Both were appointed Yokkaichi Tourism Ambassadors in August 2016.
KUNI-KEN’s one of a kind approach in fusing rock music elements with the Shamisen, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument, has brought them recognition on the global stage and had them performing to international audiences in Switzerland (POLYMANGA 2018), France (Japan Expo 2017), Singapore, India, Dubai, Macau, Manila and Myanmar. Visit www.kuni-ken.com to find out more!
OMAKASE STAGE GUEST
Born in 1992 on the southern island of Japan known as Kyushu, at age 17, Yota Towatari bought his first guitar, started writing music and playing for live audiences in live houses in Fukuoka.
Inspired by the enigmatic American musicians from the 1990s, such as Jeff Buckley and Kurt Cobain, Towatari released his first EP, Starting Point of the Prism in 2014. From this EP, Towatari won two awards, one from the “Japan Records Awards, Kyushu Block” and one from the “Yoka ne!” Award. The following year, Towatari was chosen by Apple as the New Artist Spotlight and released his second EP, Solitary Primary Colors. From this album, Sometimes the World is Beautiful, became a frequently played song on radio stations across Japan. In 2016, Towatari made his major debut with the album, “I Wanna be Yota Towatari”.
Since his debut release, Towatari has been playing at various venues and music festivals across Japan, including a one man tour, “I Wanna Be Yota Towatari”, and a collaborative tour with various famous Japanese musicians, entitled “Best of Ten Matches”. Following this, the single “Happy” became the theme song of the Nagoya TV Japanese drama, “Iju in Gifu!”. Towatari will release a new EP, Architecture for the Light in April, 2018.