The latest Japanese technology such as robots and “Internet of Things” come together!
Visit the INTERACTIVE SHOWCASE inside the Festival Pavilion to experience innovative and mind-blowing products.
Also, dig into the INTERACTIVE SESSIONS at Gallery 308 and think, imagine, and participate!
*J-POP SUMMIT Pass is required for all Interactive events.



Sat & Sun at Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center

  • TOTO "Washlet"
    TOTO will display the latest Washlet with a variety of comfortable functions including water cleansing, insulated seat, air dryer, and much more!
  • Exvision “ZKOO”
    Pick up your favorite videos to playback without a remote. Gesture-play your mobile games on the TV with your family. Flip through the pages of news apps from the comfort of your couch.
  • Mitsubishi Electric
    Voice-to-Text User Interface: The first voice-activated drawing function guided by your finger!
    Multipurpose Anti-fouling Protection:
    “Smart Air Coating” to protect surfaces from dust, water and more!
  • Fujitsu "interactive shoes hub"
    interactive shoes hub is the co-creation platform for the Future of Shoes – check out rare innovative products on display!
    MOTOBOT is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot that approaches riding operations from a human rider’s standpoint – with no modifications made to the motorcycle itself.
  • Ohzen | Sakae Casting | PiPit-VISION
    The precision and craftsmanship of Japanese technology manufacturers on display!
  • Panasonic "Space Player"
    Enjoy "Space Player," a new and exciting invention for spatial design that combines lighting and image projections!
  • NEC Solution Innovators
    Enjoy the new Interactive Projection System and experience projection technology that juxtaposes virtual content onto the real world.
  • Connected Design
    The latest Connected API for smart lock, softwear key, and home security management – great for rental properties!
  • SnowRobin
    Finally, the skateboard of the future is here! Also - anyone can play music with the new wristband instrument by dancing and moving around!
  • Bon Uni
    Be amused by the world's first uniforms for robots. Don't miss the high quality cosplay outfit, too!
  • YUKAI Engineering "BOCCO"
    The cute family robot “Bocco” that brings your loved ones closer!
  • Shikumi Design "KAGURA"
    Try KAGURA. Virtually play instruments with movement recognition technology.
  • "Inupathy"
    Expresses your dog’s feelings with colors! Just wrap the device around Fido!
  • "MESH"
    Try MESH, a Tool that let you explore the world of IoT (Internet of things) using everyday objects.
  • No New Folk Studio "Orphe"
    Enjoy “Orphe,” a foot-wear system using sensors & LED to enable new forms of expression.
  • "3DHapticsVR Controller "
    3DHapticsVR Controller lets you experience realistic touch sensation!
    TYFFON’s app “Necrodia” transforms you into a zombie-face!
  • DouZen
    Halē Orb is an intuitive device for displaying photos on your TV.
  • Revolve Robotics "Kubi"
    Telepresence robot, ”Kubi,” allows you to turn, nod and be at your remote meetings.
  • Salefull "Clare"
    Auto walking pedal “Clare” gets you exercising just by getting on it!
  • Asakusa Giken
    Be mesmerized by the robot-head connected with Oculas VR.
  • Justa
    Matching top talent and tech startups in Japan.
  • Fuller, Inc "Joren"
    Convert your website into a mobile app. Check out J-POP 2016 app!
  • Nict
    Two-dimensional transmitting sheets makes A LOT happen without contact!

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Sat & Sun at Gallery 308
  • Startup Pitch Contest "Innovation Weekend"
    Contest : 11:00am - 1:00pm @ Gallery308
    Award : 3:30pm - 3:35pm @ Main Stage

    1:30pm - 2:25pm @ Gallery308
    "Tech x Life x Design" : How will "designed IoT" Change Our World?

    2:45pm - 3:15pm @ Gallery308
    “DMM Starter” : A New Way Of Globalizing Japanese Products

    4:00pm - 4:55pm @ Gallery308
    Robot x Human : How Robots Will Live With Humans

  • 11:00am - 3:00pm @ Gallery308
    POP Idea-thon
    TOTO : The Washlet Ideathon

    2:45- 3:35pm @ Main Stage in Festival Pavilion
    The Challenger Spirit ~ The design philosophy of MAZDA

    4:00pm - 4:55pm @ Gallery308

7.23 Saturday
  • Innovation Weekend
    7.23 Sat 11am - 1pm @ Gallery308

    7.23 Sat 3:20pm - 3:35pm @ Main Stage
  • A pitch contest by SF based local startups interested in expanding their business globally, and some guest startups from Japan will also join. Please enjoy their pitch for new innovative products and services!
  • Tech x Life x Design
    ~How will "designed IoT" Change Our World?
    7.23 Sat 1:30pm - 2:25pm @ Gallery308
  • “Designability” is essential to IoT products. By looking at “Design×Hardware×Branding” in the Bay Area, we discuss how to make beautifully designed Japanese products globally accessible.
  • (Photos above: Clockwise from top left)
    Moderator: Ken Miura (DouZen CEO)

    Shin Sakane (seven dreamers, CEO)
    Seiichi Saito (RhizomatiksCEO, Creative Technical Director)
    Ana Arriola(Minimalisms Founder & CDO)
    Hideaki Matsui(Industrial Designer)
    Naoya Edahiro(Industrial Designer)
  • DMM Starter
    ~A New Way Of Globalizing Japanese Products
    7.23 Sat 2:45pm - 3:15pm @ Gallery 308
  • This session will explain how DMM Starter aims to provide more effective ways for Japanese start-ups and manufacturers to expand their businesses globally. Also, we will demonstrate how to use "KAGURA", an application that can play music by detecting human motion.
  • (Photos above: from left)
    Moderator: Takayuki Suzuki (ParadeAll Inc, President )

    Shunsuke Nakamura (SHIKUMI DESIGN, Inc., CEO)
    Yusuke Muranaka ( Co.,Ltd, Director)
  • Robot x Human
    ~ How "They" Will Live With Us
    7.23 Sat 4pm - 4:55pm @ Gallery308
  • The world once imagined by comics such as “Astro Boy” and “Doraemon” is becoming a reality. Humanoids and robots are now common. How will robots change our lives? What is the difference between Japanese and American robots? Also don’t miss the cute robots!
  • (Photos above: from left)
    Moderator: Noriko Takiguchi (, Journalist)

    Shunsuke Aoki ("Bocco" Yukai Engineering, CEO)
    Ilya Polyakov("Kubi" Revolve Robotics, CTO)

7.24 Sunday
  • POP Idea-thon
    TOTO : The Washlet Ideathon
    7.24 Sun 11:00am - 3:00pm @ Gallery308
  • Why don’t we all figure out “the future of toilets and restrooms” together! Technology makes your life better and RESTROOMS are the most important place in our daily life. TOTO Washlet is a high-technology toilet that can make your life healthier, and can “clean up” your body and mind. We welcome your unique ideas!.
    ~ The Diversity of SAMURAI MAKERS
    7.24 Sun 4pm - 4:55pm @ Gallery308
  • We invite “SAMURAI MAKERS” from Japan. They have artisan pride and are currently garnering attention from around the world. See master craftsmanship at work in their cutting-edge products.
  • (Photo: top left))
    Moderator: Takeshi Homma ( Inc., CEO)

    Panelists: (Photos: from left bottom to right)
    Takayoshi Ishii (Asakura Giken, CEO)
    Joji Yamaguchi (Inupathy, CEO)
    Yuya Kikukawa (No new folk studio, CEO)

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MAZDA Station & Arcades: Sat & Sun at Festival Pavilion
MAZDA POP Talk Session: Sun 2:45pm – 3:35pm at Main Stage, Festival Pavilion

  • MAZDA Station & Arcades
    All day @ Festival Pavilion
  • Stop by MAZDA’s exhibit space inside the festival pavilion and experience the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda3 vehicles. While there, test your racing skills on some of the most renowned race circuits in the PlayStation Gran Turismo driving sleds. MAZDA puts the driving experience first because Driving Matters!
  • The Challenger Spirit
    ~ The design philosophy of MAZDA
    7.24 Sun 2:45- 3:35pm @ Main Stage in Festival Pavilion

  • MAZDA is the only Japanese manufacturer to win the famous Le Mans 24-hou race in France. MAZDA will host a discussion about their design philosophy and their challenger spirit. Chief designer of MAZDA invites Taku Imasaki, producer of Gran Turismo, to share the secrets of car design and development.

    Moderator: Koichiro Kanda (Managing Director, Alpine Technology Fund)
    Speakers: Kelvin Hiraishi (MAZDA, Director of R&D Engineering), Julien Montousse (MAZDA, Director of Design), Taku Imasaki (Game Producer, Sony PlayStation)

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