Head editor. Born in Sakata, Yamagata in 1966. After engaging in the editing of town and corporate public relations magazines, he turned his attention towards the planning of expositions and projects for local governments and private enterprises. In 2001 he produced and planned the book “Blackjack, The Karte”, featuring the eponymous doctor created by manga legend Osamu Tezuka. The publication went on to win the 9th “Book of the Year” award from the magazine “Da Vinci”. In 2011 he developed the world’s first brain wave training game app for iPad. This app generated a great deal of response from the media. Currently, he is the representative director of Double Crane Co. Ltd. and head editor of いいね！JAPAN. He engages in developing branding strategies, advertising production, promotions, holding events, producing publication, product development, local revitalization, etc.
Creative Director. Graduated from Meiji University School of Political Science and Economics in 1998. Working at an advertising firm, he engaged in the marketing planning for major companies in the electronics and commercial building fields. He then went independent and established First Luck Co. Ltd., where he is president. His company has served as a branding and marketing partner for medium and large sized enterprises, professional sport teams and such. In addition, he is the force behind Natural Crepe, a creperie and café with various stores around Tokyo that uses only natural, organic ingredients.
Regional Producer/ Inbound Marketing Specialist. Native of Yamagata, Japan.
Regional producer / Forest director. Born in 1977. He speaks with birds, he catches masu trout with his bare hands, he is Tokyo’s last boy of the wild. Based on an old 150 year old traditional house built on Mt. Mitake in Ome, on the far outskirts of Tokyo, he started his business as the “forest director” a guru of the wilderness. His service provides access to good old Japanese mountain village culture and experiences in a natural environment. His lifestyle of living alongside nature has become a popular topic and now he appears on TV programs and magazines; he flies all around the country due to requests from embassies and local governments.
Regional producer / Sake sommelier. He was born in Moscow in 1984 and raised in Tokyo. He went to a Japanese public kindergarten and elementary school. After graduating from university in Russia, he returned to Japan in 2007. While engaging in Japan-Russia trade, MICE planning and interpretation, he entered Hattori Nutrition College in order to acquire knowledge and skills on Japanese food culture and cuisine. The study of wine in the college awakened his interest in the topic of “Japanese sake as rice wine”. This interest was a big motivation to get the International Kikisake-shi (sake sommelier) and Sake Instructor certification in 2009. He returned to Russia in 2010 and became the vice president of a food import company specializing in Japanese products, but his passion for cuisine turned him to the restaurant business. He started-up a vegetarian restaurant in Moscow; made the menu and worked as a kitchen chef. After returning to Japan in 2013 and beginning to work as a kitchen, counter and hall staff for the Japanese restaurant Musshu Mizuki in Ginza, Tokyo, he got third place in the 4th International Kikisake-shi Competition.
いいね！JAPAN Airbnbスーパーバイザー/Zens株式会社 代表取締役CEO (www.zens.tokyo)
Iine!JAPAN Airbnb supervisor/ CEO of Zens Inc. (www.zens.tokyo). Born in 1987 in Nagasaki Prefecture.
Realizer. During college she became so absorbed in her part time job that she dropped out of school. At age 19 she became a freelancer and achieved the highest sales performance, becoming the number one salesperson among all the divisions of the group company she worked on. Afterwards she entered into show business, working on TV commercials and theater until 2011. She joined the start-up Kids Tokei “A popular service where Kids Models from around the world tell us the time with their adorable and cute smiles”, where she greatly contributed to the business development and the planning and production of the website’s contents. In January 2014, she established Gracone Co. Ltd. She currently produces a number of events and engages in the matching business.
Producer. Born on February 21,1986. After achieving a culinary arts degree, he went on a journey overseas to learn the ways of preparing home cooked style dishes from many places. Upon returning to Japan, he established Onakasuita Co. Ltd. where he is president. He has analyzed the trends in food marketing and nutrition from various angles and engaged in planning and development. As part of his company’s food service division, he opened the restaurants Ohashi Kitchen in the Tokyo neighborhood of Monzennakacho and Nitakiya Owan in the Tokyo neighborhood of Nihonbashi Kayabacho. On January 2015, he launched Mannaka Co. Ltd for the purpose of “designing ideas, taking the role of the interface” and took up the post of president.
Born April 30th, 1980. Representative and writer of Sugomon Inc. His lifestyle involves working while traveling, visiting all regions of Japan on his mountain bike. He has engaged with more than a thousand companies and more than 3,000 individuals. He has experienced different working styles like being an entrepreneur, freelancer, salary man, working overseas, etc. He is now giving lifestyle tips based on his experiences.
Masaru Kidera (Fujikiya Mikisuke)
Graduated from the Chuo University Faculty of Law. After working for a garment factory and as a tailor, he joined a major apparel manufacturer and was involved with the men’s winter clothing for prestigious department stores in Tokyo.With the expansion of Chinese clothing market, he made a voyage to Taiwan, during his stay he met with Mr. Fujimoto (The present shopkeeper of Fujiki-ya) where they had tea together. Through this encounter, he was invited as a tea ceremony instructor to the Taiwan Rotary Club. Upon his return to Japan, he launched “Men’s kimono Fujiki-ya” with Mr. Fujimoto. Since the 2014 relocation of Fujiki-ya, he has changed his name to Fujikiya Mikisuke.
Born in Ichinotani, Fukui in 1967. Art director. The representative of SASUGA. He began to study design at a department of design in high school and acquired certifications in lettering and tracing; winning prizes in contests of textile and graphic design. Then he entered Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design, at the same time started to learn Computer Graphics(CG) at Japan Electronics College in Tokyo with CG designer Yōichiro Kawaguchi. After graduation, he joined Omnibus Japan and engaged in the design and planning of CG. He then moved to Okamoto Issen Graphic Design Co. After becoming a freelancer, he worked for Curve, CH and Double Crane as an art director.
Born in 1989. She graduated from the Department of International Relations at Peking University . She’s the president of Selan Corporation. She lived in Wuhan, China at the ages of 2 and 3, in Boston at age 10 and 11, and in Beijing for five years from the age of 18 to 23. After graduating from high school, she went alone to Beijing and after 9 months of studying 15 hours everyday she was able to enter Peking University. Through a working experience for Recruit Holdings and Recruit Career, she went independent and launched the interview website “belong”. In addition, she publishes on YouTube “Aki's Chinese Graffiti”, a series of language instruction programs that teach the Chinese language “that is not shown on textbooks”.
Born December 1984. Influenced by his father, a sushi chef, he entered Nagano Cooking and Confectionary College. Fascinated by Japanese cuisine, he joined Omasu, a prestigious 100 year old restaurant in Tokyo’s Ginza district. After 6 years of training and gaining experience as chef and sales staff at Omasu and other restaurants, he started to work as a dispatched chef. Currently, his posts for Cookpad get more than 200,000 views and has presented his skill on television. On his free days, he works promoting the kimonos made by his grandfather.
Born in 1987. He graduated from Waseda University School of Creative Science and Engineering. After engaging in the editing of overseas travel information magazines, he currently works for a travel agency as the person in charge of their web activities and overseas tour guide. This has enabled him to be in a different part of the world every month. In his sophomore year of university, he played Japanese drums at 11 cities in Europe. In his junior year, he traveled around Western Japan by bike (2,700km). During his senior year, he gathered sponsors and traveled around Western Europe by bike. His blog became the #1 ranked student blog. On weekends, he has hosted a unique project “Tour de Wagashi” a bicycle tour visiting well-known Japanese-style confectionary stores in Tokyo.
He presides over Rekishizuru history communication media in Ochanomizu, Tokyo. His own shot bar transforms into Rekishizuru Bar on Wednesdays. While facilitating the social exchange of history lovers, he holds the “Terakoya”, delivering easy popular lectures on Japanese history at the “Rekishizuru Space” a tatami-mat event area.
Ettiene García Aguayo
Born in Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic in 1981. He entered the art college Escuela de Artes Plasticas in Puerto Rico in 2004 and studied art, web design and animation. In 2008, he obtained a scholarship from MEXT and entered the Faculty of Design at Kyushu University. He works as web designer and coder at First Luck Co. Ltd. He is a big fan of Japanese otaku culture since childhood; besides anime and games he also likes Japanese traditional cultural expressions like Kabuki, Noh and festivals. He has directed and produced animated short films that have won prizes at international film festivals.