Presentation of Lumière, in English




-Researcher on French café culture and Informal Public Life

-Director of "Lumière"

-Director of "" Japanese version

-Director of "World News Café", English reading club

-Project assistant professor of Tokyo University

-Certificated 'Tour guide-interpreter' in French and  English.

-Certificated 'Wine Expert' (especially French wine)

-Speak French, English, Italian(intermediate level), Japanese

-Practice Japanese Tea Ceremony

Interested in climate change for a long time, I've organized many events to discuss how to create sustainable society. Through these experiences, I've interested in places which changed the society in the history. While studying in Paris as exchange student at Scienses-Po, and staying at Cité Universitaire, both of which filled with young talented people, I could not stand their level and stayed at  a café 3 times a day. At that time, I discovered that cafe had functioned as a place to change the society at the beginning of French Revolution, and even many Impressionists had gathered and discussed in some cafes. Since then, I discovered an important role of cafe in the society and started my research. After studying at  master course at Kyoto University, I published my first book" Cafe, where a new era begins". In 2020, it was reedited and more than 3500 copies are sold.


 One month after the publishing, my son was born. While living in a newly developed suburb outside of Kyoto city, I felt depressed almost 2 years without finding the reason. As I read "The Great Good Place" by Ray Oldenburg,  I  realized that many American housewives in suburbs in 1970-80s felt almost the same feeling as myself. According to Oldenburg, that's because of the lack of an informal public life. That's why I decided to make a research on informal public life. Since then, I pursued the research while visiting many cities in Europe and US, Japan and reading many books. During the research, I noticed that there is a huge gap of knowledge between Japanese information and English one and I realized it's impossible to understand whole picture only reading by Japanese books.  I decided to learn English as quickly as possible, while reading many books of Dan Brown and listening BBC everyday.


After the pandemic, as I was sure there is always huge gap of information between Japanese media and English one,  I decided to organize online English reading club, World News Café, to let Japanese people know what is happening in the world in the midst of the pandemic. I already organized more than 300 times and there are many participants from all over Japan. I'm also trying to find an edition to publish my second book about Informal Public Life. And hope to translate both books in English!