2020 SPOT your LIGHT @ online
Being the Protagonist of Your Life
Akito is a high schooler who has always stood out from the crowd, but hardships led him to find his true identity. Since then, he has devoted himself to be an LGBTQ activist, with the aim of bringing positive changes to the community. He hopes to shed light on the current social problems present in Japanese society, and that through his speech, more people will be inspired to embrace and accept themselves, and be the protagonists of their own lives.
Creating a Society Without Crime / 犯罪のない社会をみんなで目指す
When hearing the word criminal, assumably most people will think of a violent, brutal character. However, most people tend to forget that criminals are humans just like us, but have broken a set of rules, also known as, the law. Hitomi’s speech will talk about the principles of the law, and sophomore Hitomi's opinion on what's necessary to create a world without crime.
How Japanese Teenagers Changed a Company
In 2019, Yuto was selected as a youth member of a Japanese bio venture company called Euglena.Co. Along with eight other members, he succeeded in bringing numerous unprecedented changes to the company. In his speech, he highlights the power the future generation has, in a world where they face limits, are shut out, and regarded as unqualified to contribute to society. He talks about the difficulties he experiences challenging adult society, and how he overcomes these struggles. Through his speech, he hopes to inspire youth all around the world to take action and bring change to society.
Let’s Redefine “Music”
The definition and meaning of the term “music” have evolved and transformed into the contemporary world. Despite that, Chinmay believes that there is more to be added and reconsidered. Having a deep passion for music since the age of three, he talks about how music shaped his personality and how it helps him adapt quickly to a new environment and circles. He also encourages the audience to reconsider the potential of music.
Why don’t more Girls like jumping off walls? Three Observations from a Female Parkour Athlete
Seneca started training in the sport of Parkour when she was ten. Being the only girl in her class, she often wondered why more girls weren’t interested in flipping off of railings, diving over shrubbery, or scaling brick walls. In her TEDx talk, she will take you on her journey in the male-dominated world of Parkour as a young girl. Seneca will discuss strategies in dismantling stereotypes to create a more inclusive environment.
How Embracing My Inner Child Made Me Take Pressure in a Positive Light
Everyone has heard of the term, “inner child,” but what does it really mean? Senior high school student, Aayush Dwivedi, excitingly gives his side of the story of how he embraced his inner child, and what he gained from it. Aayush has experienced his fair share of ups and downs throughout his life, and with this talk, he strives to discuss the pertinent issue of high student suicide rates in Japan and its correlation with the inner child. He will talk about transcending norms, viewing expectations in a positive light, and approaching life with a more lax attitude.
Is Happiness the Foundation of Future Education?
Although Mr. Teodor doesn't have PhDs, books or studies published He do have a strong feeling of care regarding children and their education with over 20 years of experience of working with children around the world. His educational philosophy is very simple: If the children are happy, they can learn anything no matter what the content or skill is, they can do and achieve anything they want! But recently, many children seem to have a very high level of dissatisfaction in their lives. Teodor hopes to dive into why students feel this way and how we can learn from countries that are very happy and what we can learn from them.
A Reed Rebellious
Fumito Satoh & Hayato Satoh
Hayato is studying French literature at Tohoku University and Fumito is studying Arabic and history at Waseda University. They regard the present day as the age of “absurdity” in which established ideas or institutions are collapsing and people are losing the meaning of their life. They strongly believe that we humans must resist the “absurdity” by affording some meanings to our life although we are just a thinking reed. In their speech, they will show you the way of “resistance” through their or their friends’ experiences on the basis of literature and philosophy.