SSF Tokyo Hosts First Ever Portfolio Night in Japan

26 of Japan's top creative directors offer advice to young creative hopefuls during inaugural event.

Tokyo - SSF Tokyo hosted the first ever Portfolio Night in Tokyo and it turned out to be an amazing, vibrant and creative event. We've set the benchmark high for all future Portfolio Nights! The event is simultaneously held in dozens of cities around the globe every May 22. At the Tokyo inaugural event, 78 young creative hopefuls met with 26 of the industry's top creative directors in Japan representing many of Japan's leading and hottest agencies.  Three rounds of 3X15 minute sessions were held, allowing each of the young talent to receive advice and critiques of their portfolios from as many as 9 different creative directors over the course of the evening. The energy was running high throughout the night. In between sessions, a workshop was held to maximize the learning experience. And then the party started.

At the end of the interview sessions, the CDs assembled to choose the top 3 portfolios of the evening and ultimately the grand winner. The talented young person with the #1 portfolio was awarded a trip to New York to the Portfolio Night All-Star Competition with other winners from each of the participating cities from around the world. Congratulations to Kohei Horiuchi-san! We wish him the best of luck as the representative of Japan.

Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon Tokyo is proud to have been the original host of Portfolio Night in Japan and to have had the opportunity to foster the growth of creativity within the industry.

We would like to sincerely thank Getty Images and all the other global sponsors, our local sponsors Red Bull and Heineken, and Sendenkaigi for their special cooperation. Most importantly, a sincere thanks to all the CDs who participated for the overall good of the industry and for the careers of the creative stars of the future. Can't wait for next year's event!

The CDs who participated in the 2013 Inaugural Tokyo Portfolio Night were:

(Last names in alphabetical order)

  • Akihito Abe (Ogilvy & Mather Japan)
  • Jun Asano (McCann Erickson Japan)
  • Minoru Fujisaki (Agile Media Network)
  • Yuko Fukuba (DDB Japan)
  • Osamu Fukushima (Fukushima Design)
  • Susumu Hara (4 kaku)
  • Kosuke Hashijima (Ogilvy & Mather Japan)
  • Takayuki Hattori (SSF Tokyo)
  • Kenichi Horie (ENJIN)
  • Yasuhito Imai (GREY group Japan)
  • Rei Inamoto (AKQA)
  • Akira Kamiutsuri (SSF Tokyo)
  • Masashi Kawamura (PARTY)
  • Hwa Suk Lee (Spring)
  • Takuya Matsuo (17)
  • Toshiya Mizoguchi (McCann Erickson Japan)
  • Shinsuke Nakamura (YOMIKO ADVERTISING)
  • Masako Okamura (DENTSU)
  • Daniel H. Rosen (TokyoDex)
  • Kenji Saito (Honshitsu)
  • Tomokatsu Takayama (beacon communications)
  • Yoshishige Takei (SSF Tokyo)
  • Shuhei Tsuji (AKQA)
  • Keiichi Uemura (I&S BBDO)
  • Junpei Watanabe (Watanabe Junpei Sha)

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