Art & Design

Game Play:- A Talk by Hirokazu Yasuhara (Sonic the Hedgehog Game-Designer)

18 January 2018, London

The Japan Foundation is delighted to invite influential and pioneering videogame designer Hirokazu Yasuhara, best known for his work on the Sonic the Hedgehog game series. Working as Chief Level Designer and playing a key role in developing the seminal videogame featuring a popular anthropomorphic blue hedgehog named Sonic, Yasuhara went on to work on a number of Sonic’s sequels and many more well-known projects, including the Jak and Daxter series and Unchartered: Drake’s Fortune for the company Naughty Dog and more recently Pac-Man Party and Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move for Nintendo.


In this illustrative talk, Yasuhara will introduce his career in the game industry from his work at Sega in the late 1990s to today, revealing some of the key elements of the projects he has been involved in. Observing many developments in technology and shifts in the industry over his established career, Yasuhara will also talk about his fundamental and perpetual concept in creating games which can be fun and engaging for anybody.


Date: 18 January 2018 from 6.40pm
Venue: London College of Communication (Lecture Room B), London, SE1 6SB

(Nearest tube station: Elephant and Castle)



This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:


Hirokazu Yasuhara will also be attending Akumakon Anime and Manga convention at the National University of Ireland Galway, from 13:00 on 20 January. To find out more please visit:


Special thanks to Yoshimi Hayakawa in Galway.

18 January 2018, 6.40pm

London College of Communication (Lecture Room B), London, SE1 6SB

Tel: 020 3102 5021 

The Japan Foundation