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Ecological Memes Forum 2022

AWAI Global Gathering Vol.4



03.12 − 04.12


-Re-Encountering Animism: How to relate with the world of LIFE -


Humans and nonhumans.

Culture and nature.
Life and nonlife.
The world and I.

We seem distant, yet come close.
We seem one, yet differ.

We draw boundaries, yet might just be drifting in the ambiguous world of awai.


It is time to interweave the East and the West towards a co-thriving future.

We have all seen COVID-19 unravel some of the fundamental limits of our modern society. In particular, the pandemic has shown how cocooned we are in distinctly human affairs and epistemologies.

Now, the urgent questions are: How can we restore our connection to other beings and ourselves? How can we be attentive to and cultivate the conditions for rich emergence beyond the human?

In other words, how can we revitalize the space of awai - an ancient Japanese concept of the plural, ambiguous, and non-dualistic space between selves?

At Ecological Memes Global Forum 2021, Emergence from AWAI: Regenerating Human-Nonhuman Relations, we will be welcoming a wide array of special guests – business leaders, pioneering thinkers, innovative artists – from the world over.

Join us this spring equinox - a cosmic time to pause, listen, and attune ourselves to the grand rhythms of life and the universe.

Let us together be immersed in the world of awai.


Saturday, 3rd December, 2022

10:00 - 10:10 CET


Yasuhiro Kobayashi


Anthropology × Animism

10:15 - 11:35 CET

Animism at the nexus of anthropology and art: the West and the East, science and religion

Navigator: Okuno Katsumi, Anais Karenin

Art × Mythology

11:40-13:00 CET

Alternative mythology for future folklore

Navigator: Antoine Bertin, Toshiaki Ishikura



13:00- 13:15 CET

Reflective Time

Yasuhiro Kobayashi

Sunday, 4th December, 2022

9:50-10:00 CET


Yasuhiro Kobayashi


Food × Animism × Agriculture × Alchemy

10:10-11:40 CET

Food and Animism: (Re)connecting Body and Soul through Food Health

Navigator: Ruud Hendriks, Yasunobu Tamari

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11:50-12:45 CET

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Navigator: coming soon



13:00- 13:15 CET

Reflective (in relation to Regenerative Leadership)

Yasuhiro Kobayashi


Creative Society in the Age of Symbiosis: Emergence through Non-Self, Chaos, Ku

Navigator: Takashi Iba

Regenerative Leadership: Systemic Transformation, and Dancing with the Rhythm of Nature

Navigator: Giles Hutchins

Panelist: Hiroshi Yamada

Musique Hydromantique

Navigators: Tomoko Sauvage

Calls from Ecosystems: Ecological Perspectives on the Role of Humans

Panelists: Masaru Tanaka, Naho Iguchi, Kanako Uchino

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Navigator: Nile Koetting, Masatake Shinohara

Realm of Resonance in Dark Ecology
Experience of the Spring Equinox with Japanese mountain priest

Navigator: Fumihiro Hoshino

A Sociological Perspective on Invisible Violence: Relational and Pluriversal Ontologies

Navigator: Rolando Vazquez

Human-Star Duet: Helio Compass and Planetary Citizenship

Navigator: Kaichi Sugiyama

Anthropology and Art Beyond the Human: Materiality, Urbanity, Life and Nonlife

Navigator: Lukas Ley

Panelists: Tomoko Sauvage, Taishi Hatayama

Wisdom from Japan: Shugendo and Relational Living

Navigator: Fumihiro Hoshino

pray with Kodou: Imagining the Light of Life

Navigator: Kosuke Matsushima

Business towards Regeneration: A Co-Thriving Future for Humans and Nonhumans

Navigator: Ayumi Matsuzaka

Augumented Ecosystems: Synecoculture's Approach to a Symbiotic Future

Navigator: Masatoshi Funabashi




18 March − 21 March, 2021 (9:00–13:30 CET)
Online (Zoom)
Japanese & English (Simultaneous Interpretation)

Types of tickets




Generosity: €50 (Standard)
General: €25 (Standard)
Student: €12 (Standard)

Generosity: €300 (Standard)
General: €200 (Standard)
Student: €100 (Standard)



Real-time viewing

Full-Archive tickets (FA)

Watch recordings of all sessions at any time later. View also in real time.

In addition, in light of the impact of COVID-19, we have prepared student tickets so that young people can participate regardless of their financial situations.

Further, we would be very grateful to those who decide to purchase generosity tickets - a way for you to support our nonprofit activities in these trying times. Our deep thanks in advance.

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