WASABI Discovery vol.5: "Omotenashi... Revealing the secrets of Japan's hospitality"


What is Omotenashi? ​

"Omotenashi" is the philosophy behind Japan's hospitality. From hosting their guests at home, it is further extended to tea ceremony, customer service, product design, and many other aspects of life. Such way of thought and care for detail set it apart from the rest of the world, and formed part of the unique experience for travellers in Japan.

Listen to differing views from both a Singaporean and Japanese as we introduce to you what Omotenashi really means. As the number of Singaporean tourists to Japan increases, the concept of Omotenashi has come to their attention and becomes a large part of what makes Japan so attractive.

Event detail

  • Date: 15th Mar (Wed) Evening: 1900~2130 (1830 open)
  • Venue: WorkCentral, Brew House Singapore Shopping Centre 190 Clemenceau Avenue #06-03 Singapore 239924
  • Capacity: 50 people max ​ ​ ​
  • Fee: $50 (advance tickets $40), Refreshment, drinks, beer, wine, sake included


  • 1830~1900 Registration, Refreshment & Networking Sake tasting by Ishikawa Prefecture
  • 1900~1930 Introduction & short presentation by speakers
  • 1930~2000 Panel discussion by speakers and special guests
  • 2000~2030 Questions & discussion from the participants Quiz & Prizes
  • 2030~2130 More drinks & Networking
  • 2130 The End


  • Presentation, Discussion, Videos, Photos, Demonstrations, Special Food & drink tasting, Quiz, Prizes, Omiyage, Games, Films, Music
  • Language: English
  • Dress code: Smart casual

About the Speakers

Mr. Mitsuru Narita

Director, Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Singapore Representative Office ​

For over 10 years, Mr. Mitsuru Narita has been working with the Ishikawa Prefectural Government, supporting local companies and factories of all industries in developing new products, developing business connections and overseas expansion. He has also worked with METI’s (Japan’s Ministry of Economy) SME Agency for 2 years, helping Japan’s SMEs in their overseas development plans. ​

In 2014, Mr. Narita was directed to establish Ishikawa Prefecture’s overseas representative office in Singapore and has been located here ever since. Currently, Mr. Narita strives to promote the splendors of Ishikawa Prefecture, one of Japan’s most historically and culturally flourishing, throughout Southeast Asia. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of Singaporeans visiting Ishikawa to experience its many onsens, beautifully fashioned traditional crafts, as well as to taste the fresh produce from both the nearby seas and fields, and Japan’s very best Kaga Cuisine.

Mr. Craig Tan

Assistant Project Manager, Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Singapore Representative Office

Avid fan of Japan who has visited numerous parts of Japan, Craig majored in Japanese Studies while studying for his Bachelors. Upon graduation, he joined Ishikawa Prefectural Government’s Singapore Representative Office to help in developing strong relations between Ishikawa Prefecture and Singapore.

Craig has especially been active in developing ties between educational institutions of Ishikawa Prefecture and Singapore, organizing a number of exchange programs and school trips between Singapore and Ishikawa for Singapore’s polytechnics and universities. ​

About Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Singapore Representative Office

The office was started in 2014 with the aim to promote the many attractions of Ishikawa Prefecture around the Southeast Asian region. With a focus on Ishikawa’s food, tourism and culture, the office organizes many events throughout the year for the public to experience a small taste of what Ishikawa has to offer.

Experiencing ISHIKAWA!

Speakers from ISHIKAWA Prefecture will be bringing along some some Japanese sake from Ishikawa, as well as attractive traditional crafts and products to be won as quiz prizes.

About the Host


Mr. Tong Cheuk Fung

Founder, WASABI Creation~ Creating Awesome Projects between Japan & Singapore

Tong started learning Japanese as third language at age 13. After graduating from National University of Singapore with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Tong packed his bags and flew to Kyoto for his first job, and began his new life in Japan. In 2014, after spending 5 years in Japan, Tong returned to Singapore to set up WASABI Creation, for “creating awesome projects between Japan and Singapore”.

Tong’s goal is to make WASABI Creation the catalyst for creating business opportunities, developing close relationships, and explore possibilities between Japan and Singapore, as well as the ASEAN region. WASABI Creation’s mission is to spice up ASEAN with a sprinkle of Japan’s wonders, just like the overwhelming taste and burning sensation of the green Wasasbi. (Read more)

About WASABI Discovery

"Trending with experts on Japan's culture, tourism, & latest happenings."

WASABI Discovery is a casual presentation and meet-up event for the world to make new discovery about Japan and its people. At each event, we invite a couple of special guests to share and discuss about culture, people, happenings, or simply any topic from Japan that is worth discovering. We will also engage the participants in the conversation to make comparisons and contrasts with the local or other countries. ​

This is a meet-up for people who have great interest in Japan, it's traditions, and cultures. Participants are welcome to join in the conversation with the special guests, sharing experiences and opinions. If you have an interesting topic in mind, feel free to propose to us and make it into a great discussion session.

Language: English, or Japanese with English interpretation


Kindly pre-register for advance tickets for WASABI Discovery by 10th March 2016 by clicking on"GET TICKET" on the right.

Due to limited seats and sold-out previous events, early pre-registration online is advised. For enquiry , kindly email to hi@wasabicreation.com

Wed Mar 15, 2017
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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Venue Address
Singapore Shopping Centre 190 Clemenceau Avenue #06-03 Singapore 239924 Singapore
2min walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station Exit B
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