Surviving in the Creative Industry in Japan
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
Surviving in the Creative Industry in Japan

Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series

Linking Creative Tokyo with Creative Portland


Surviving in the Creative Industry in Japan

A Lecture by Leo Kominz


October 4th, 2018 | 6 pm

Smith Memorial Student Union 328/9
1825 SW Broadway 

Free and open to the public

The Japanese creative and entertainment industry has a diverse range of faces, many of them difficult to understand from the outside world. For every award-winning Studio Ghibli film, Japanese TV has produced hundreds of esoteric slap-stick variety shows. For every internationally acclaimed Ryuichi Sakamoto, there are groups upon groups of teenage girls dressed in similar maid costumes dancing in front of middle-aged men. Beneath it all, like the rest of Japanese society, lie rules, customs, and formalities, all hidden under veils which are opaque to the foreigner. Leo will share how he navigates through this crazy industry every day. With examples of foreigners making the successful transition from English teacher (where almost everyone starts out) to freelance or employed member of the Tokyo creative community, he will illustrate how aspiring creatives from outside Japan can take the first dip, and--cross your fingers--stay afloat. 


Leo Kominz is originally from Portland OR and currently residing in Japan, is the founder of THYNK -The Thinking Platform-, a web platform dedicated to getting viewers to think and question everyday life, and CEO of blank inc., a creative agency focusing on media management. His life revolves around conducting projects, from running a recording studio while at university (ERL Studio), to spending a year living in cities around the world for a month each (World in Twelve). He previously worked in the TV industry in Japan, at TV Asahi.  He is an avid Trail Blazers fan.



With Support from the United States-Japan Foundation