Social Events

Welcome Reception

Monday 27 September from 19:00

All INTERSPEECH participants are cordially invited to the Welcome Reception to be held on Monday 27 September at the Hotel New Otani Makuhari.

The reception features beverages and a buffet meal in a casual poolside outdoor setting. (Indoors in inclement weather.) Come mingle with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.

The reception hall is easily accessed via a walkway from the conference site.

Doors open at 19:00. The exact time may change depending on the conference program. You will be kept informed.

Your conference badge serves as your entry pass. Accompanying persons are asked to purchase tickets either at the INTERSPEECH registration website or at the conference front desk.

Student Reception

Tuesday 28 September from 19:15

All students at INTERSPEECH are cordially invited to the Student Reception to be held on Tuesday 28 September at the Y's Buffet.

The reception features all-you-can-drink-and-eat beverages and snacks in a convivial standing setting. Come mingle with fellow students and meet selected distinguished scientists in a relaxed atmosphere.

Y's Buffet is located in the MTG (Makuhari Techno Garden) building, a 12-minute walk northeast and inland from the conference site.

Doors open at 19:15. The exact time may change depending on the conference program. You will be kept informed.

Tickets are included in the conference bags of all students. This event is open to ISCA student members only.

Conference Banquet

Wednesday 29 September from 19:00

All INTERSPEECH participants are cordially invited to the Conference Banquet to be held on Wednesday 29 September at the Apa Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari.

The reception features a full-course meal served in a smart casual seated setting. Planning for a special attraction is going on. Come join us for an evening of culture and cuisine. The reception hall is easily accessed via a walkway from the conference site. Doors open at 19:00.

The exact time may change depending on the conference program.  You will be kept informed. Reservations are essential. Tickets are JPY 7000 per person.

Tickets are heavily discounted and bound to sell out early. Advance purchase is possible and strongly recommended at the INTERSPEECH website when you register for the conference. A limited number of tickets may be sold at the conference front desk. No tickets will be available at the door.

Tsugaru Jamisen
Entertainment highlights include "Shuichiro and Daichi", a renowned Tsugaru-jamisen band (http://www.shuichiro-kuboki.com/).

The shamisen is a traditional Japanese three-stringed musical instrument played by plucking with a large plectrum. The Tsugaru variety of the shamisen is characterized by frenetic notes that some say echo the wild, furious, turbulent winter seas of the Tsugaru Straits between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.

Shuichiro Kuboki has been playing the Tsugaru-jamisen since childhood, and professionally for over 32 years. Versatile in both traditional minyo folk music and modern new-age music, he has released several albums, and performs regularly in solo and in concert at cultural events and concerts throughout the country. Daichi (meaning the earth or the ground) is a Tsugaru-jamisen and chorus band that Shuichiro started in 1998.

Shuichiro is keen to share his knowledge of the Tsugaru-jamisen. He has published two textbooks from Yamaha for beginners and intermediate students. On the international stage, he has been on good-will tours through Canada, the USA, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

At the Conference Banquet, Shuichiro will introduce you to a facet of Japanese music that bridges the past and present. Come join us for an evening of culture and cuisine.

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