The 20th Study of Design Fundamentals Seminar: Designs of Sustainable “Goodwill”

Kyushu University Faculty of Design explores the fundamental methodology of design for integrating a wide range of designs. We are pleased to invite Sekai Kobayashi, CEO MIRAI SHOKUDO,  to the 20th Seminar on Fundamental Design Studies, “Designs of Sustainable ‘Goodwill'”. The online seminar is open to everyone. Her talk and the free discussion will be in Japanese. We are looking forward to your participation.


The idea is anyone can get a free meal ticket if he/she provides help to the owner for 50 minutes. The free meal tickets are attached to the wall of the canteen available for anyone to get their meal. The wish for users may be “I want to be of help for someone” or “I want you to have a warm meal, even when you are in trouble”. Yet, such an idea of goodwill sounds vulnerable. How can design change vulnerable relations to that of strength? We will discuss the many challenges MIRAI SHOKUDO is facing daily as a place that strives to serve meals everyday.


Sekai Kobayashi, CEO MIRAI SHOKUDO, graduated from the Department of Mathematics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, having worked for IBM Japan, Ltd., spent another 6 and half years as an engineer for Cookpad Inc. In 2015, after 1 year and 4month period of apprenticeship, she founded MIRAI SHOKUDO in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, and the business is going well. She has published among others so far Tadameshi wo Tabesaseru Shokudo ga Kyou mo Kuroji no Riyu. (Oota Shuppan, 2016), Daredemo Suguni Senryoku ni nareru MIRAI SHOKUDO de Hataraki Masenka: Yurui Tsunagari de Saikyo no Tiimu wo Tsukuru. (Shodensha, 2019). She was awarded Nikkei Woman “Woman of the Year 2017”.

March 18th, 2021: Opens at 16:20 p.m, performance starts at 16:30 p.m. in Japan Time.

Online (Zoom)

When you register using the registration form, the Zoom URL will be sent to you by email on the day of the seminar.

Please apply from the following link ( in advance.

Deadline for application: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (JST)


Kyushu University Faculty of Design

School of Design, Design Futures Course

Attach file