• The Japan Foundation, Manila conducts a wide range of activities in introducing the different facets of Japanese culture. Activities/projects that deepen the understanding and appreciation of Japan include invitations extended to different cultural groups; workshops on human exchange programs that are directed towards personnel development and self-reliance are also undertaken.

    • Earth Manual Project Talks

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      November 8 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm
      2F Ayala Museum

      Professor Osamu Tsukihashi
      Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Kobe University

      “Lost Homes” Model Restoration Project creator Architect Tsukihashi will discuss how making pre-disaster scale models of areas devastated by a tsunami play an important role not only in deepening our understanding of the disaster-stricken areas but also in empathizing with the survivors and readying them to advance to the next stage of reconstructing their communities.

      Osamu Tsukihashi graduated from the School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, and completed coursework in a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo in 1998. He established Architects Treehouse in 2003. Since October 2009, he has been an associate professor at Kobe University.


      November 15 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm
      2F Ayala Museum

      Three creators from Japan, Thailand and the Philippines will share their experiences in developing the design and content of the local version of Iza! Kaeru Caravan!—a disasterpreparedness program consisting of fun, interactive games for grade school children—called MOVE Philippines. The Pinoy caravan is the result of a series of workshops and brainstorming with a group of students and teachers from Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro, where the caravan recently had its pilot run.



      Mr. Hirokazu Nagata
      Vice Director, Design and Creative Center Kobe
      Chairman, NPO Plus Arts

      Hirokazu Nagata actively promotes disaster prevention education through developing programs such as Iza! Kaeru Caravan!, as well as conducting lectures and workshops. He completed a post-graduate course at Osaka University in 1993 and established the non-profit organization Plus Arts in 2006. He also serves as disaster preparedness consultant to many companies including Tokyo Gas and Muji.


      Ms. Ruttikorn Vuttikorn
      Game Designer, Club Creative Co. Ltd.

      A play activist, Ruttikorn Vuttikorn is an industrial design graduate who is into toy and game design. She strongly believes that every child should have access to quality play, that’s why her mission also includes play training. Ruttikorn collaborates with several different organizations in Thailand and abroad in order to achieve her goal.


      Mr. Dan Matutina
      Chief Graphic Designer, Plus63 Design Co.

      Manila-based designer and illustrator Dan Matutina likes mixing handmade and digital, clean and dirty, old and modern aesthetics. He is also the co-founder of Plus63 Design Co., a design studio that specializes in creating brand identities. Dan is a recipient of Art Directors Club Young Guns Award for 2013.


      Ayala Museum’s basic admission fees apply: P150 (regular) and P75 (students and senior citizens).  Call (02) 811-6155 to 58 or email arts@jfmo.org.ph for more details.