TEDxUTsukuba 2023


Date: November 26th, 2023 03:30 - 09:00

Event Delivery: Onsite




(Student: 1700円)

TEDxUTsukuba2023 is a TEDx event that operates independently under a license from TED headquarters. Speakers from various disciplines will share their ideas through TED Talks. TEDxUTsukuba2023 "Kaleidoscope" will feature TED Talks by six speakers and captivating performances by two groups of performers. There will also be an after-party offering workshops and an after-party where light meals are provided, encouraging networking among participants, speakers, and performers. Would you like to join us and turn the "Kaleidoscope" to encounter a myriad of ideas?



Gotaro Haruma


At 33 years old, Gotaro Haruma is no ordinary Tsukuba University student. He's a born adventurer and has taken on some seriously risky challenges, like camping journeys spanning over 10,000 kilometers and a solo yacht trip around Japan. He likes to call his adventures a 'real-life RPG,' where the heart of the story lies in the people and creatures he meets along the way. But what fuels his pursuit of adventure? The answer can be traced back to his childhood, marked by feelings of underappreciation by his parents.

Laura Klug


Laura Klug is a graduate student enrolled in the TEACH program, a collaborative program involving universities from Japan, Germany, and South Korea. She is currently studying at the University of Tsukuba. Beyond her academic pursuits, she's also actively involved in translation and interpretation work between Japan and Germany. Stay tuned for her inspiring stories of personal transformation along life's journey.

Yogendra Puranik

Principal of Ibaraki Prefectural Tsuchiura Daiichi High School

Yogi is presently the Principal of the famous Tsuchiura First Public High School in Ibaraki Prefecture, the first foreign-origin person to become a public-school principal. In the past he worked as senior executive in IT & banking industries. He holds a variety of titles, including that of being the first Asian-origin assembly member in Japan, the President of the All-Japan Association of Indians (AJAI), an author, a public speaker, an entrepreneur, and many more. Having explored various aspects throughout his life, he will tell us the tale of finding the optimum pattern of life.

Sawako Kon

Assistant Manager, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Sawako Kon joined an IT company after graduating from the University of Tsukuba's urban planning department. With a passion for urban development, she entered the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism in 2013. After taking maternity and childcare leave, she now works short-time while raising two children, striving for a healthy work-life balance. In her free time, she actively participates in urban development initiatives in her town of Oyama as a concerned citizen.

Daiki Ishimori

CEO of Gehirn Inc.

Daiki Ishimori founded Gehirn Inc., an Information Security company while he was studying at the University of Tsukuba. Gehirn began offering disaster information distribution services in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Today, with the mission of "MAKE JAPAN SAFER", Gehirn provides various initiatives, including managing the Twitter account @UN_NERV and developing the NERV Disaster Prevention application.


Bombs! former leader

Sakura was a former leader of "Bombs!", an idol copy dance group from the University of Tsukuba. It's not an exaggeration to say that she devoted her entire college life to "Bombs!". Her devotion led Bombs! to a clean sweep, winning first place in all categories: judges’ ranking, audience’s ranking, and the overall ranking in last year’s national competition.


XTRAP xros

Next generation dance performer

XTRAP xros is well-known worldwide for their next-generation dance art, including the "Finger Kaleidoscope" video which surpassed 40 million views on their social media platform. Apart from performing across Japan, they're also engaged in video production, choreographing for projects such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Senate election commercials, and artist live shows. This time, the spotlight shines on the young members, led by KENSHIN from the XTRAP group.


University of Tsukuba idol copy dance group

"Bombs!" is an idol copy dance group of the University of Tsukuba Idol Club. The name Bombs! embodies the idea of "bursting with energy like a bomb, with each member's unique personality". Last year, Bombs! achieved a remarkable victory by winning the top spot in all categories at the national competition. Bombs! captivates audiences with their outstanding performances at numerous events, both on and off campus.




12:00 - 12:55

Opening Talk

12:55 - 13:15



13:15 - 14:10

Talk session

14:45 - 15:30



15:45 - 16:00


XTRAP xrosによるパフォーマンスです。

16:05 - 17:05

Talk session

17:30 - 18:00

After Party



Price: JPY 3000 (Student: 1700)


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1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, 305-8577


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