Kensho Miyoshi / About

Dr Kensho Miyoshi is a designer and researcher exploring the poetic and kinaesthetic dimension of our relationship with everyday objects. Kensho recently completed a PhD 'Objects in Motion: Exploring Kinesthetic Empathy in Design' at the Royal College of Art, London in 2019. His thesis which explored the potential of kinaesthetic empathy for designing the aesthetics of object movements (supervised by Professor Miles Pennington and Michael Hohl) is currently turned into a book and planned to be published worldwide in autumn 2020.

Holding MEng and BEng in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Tokyo, Kensho has engaged in aerospace-related interdisciplinary projects, such as Phenox (autonomous interactive drones) and ARTSAT (satellite for art use), and, as a creative practitioner, has designed kinetic sculptures and installations, such as Puwants and Hamon Clock.

Kensho co-leads the activity of Studio POETIC CURIOSITY, an experimental design studio based in Kamata, Tokyo with the Japanese artist and designer Yusuke Aonuma.

All enquiries regarding commission, collaboration, lecture, exhibition and publication, please email contact[at]


Postdoc Research Fellow
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan

Project Researcher
DLX Design Lab, Institute of Industrial Science
The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

PhD (RCA) Design Research
Royal College of Art, London, UK
2015-2019, Graduating in 2020

MEng (UTokyo) Aeronautics and Astronautics
Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

BEng (UTokyo) Aeronautics and Astronautics
School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Contemporary Arts Grant
Terumo Foundation for Life Sciences and Arts, Japan

Arts and Culture Grant 2018
Nomura Foundation, Japan

Arts and Culture Grant 2017
Nomura Foundation, Japan
November 2017

Arts and Culture Grant 2016
Nomura Foundation, Japan
Oct-Dec 2016

PhD Scholarship
Nakajima Foundation, Japan

Jury Selection
Entertainment Division, 18th Japan Media Arts Festival

Graduation Works Support Program for MILANO SALONE 2015
Japan Design Associations NPO

A’ Design Award and Competition 2013-2014 (Italy)
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category

Super Creator Certification
(METI) Information Promotion Technology Agency

Visiting Researcher Support Program
International Information Science Foundation (Japan)


Work-in-progress Show 2019
School of Design Research, Royal College of Art
London, UK
25 and 27 Jan 2019

Work-in-progress Show 2018
School of Design Research, Royal College of Art
London, UK
19-21 Jan 2018

An exhibit of art and life 2017
Osaka, Japan
Sep 14 2017 - Jul 1 2018 (extended)

Work-in-progress Show 2016
School of Design Research, Royal College of Art
London, UK
27-31 Jan 2016

Tokyo Design Week in Milan 2015
Supported by Japan Design Associations NPO
Milano Italy
Apr 2015

'Chocogito no tokeru koro (When cho-cogito melts)', Stage setting
Ryo Konishi Large Ensemble
Ekoda Buddy (Tokyo)
Mar 2015

PUWANTS [solo]
Factotum Gallery
Tokyo Japan
Nov-Dec 2014

THE MIRROR -Hold the Mirror up to nature-
Ginza Nagoya Shokokaikan
Tokyo Japan

Parallel Nature
Toyama Japan

A' Design Award Winners Exhibition
Como Cathedral
Como Italy

The 15th iiiExhibition
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo Japan

The 15th iiiExhibition Extra
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo Japan


Miyoshi, K. 2019 Objects in Motion: Exploring Kinaesthetic Empathy in Design. PhD Thesis, Royal College of Art, London.

Miyoshi, K. 2019. Puppetry as an alternative approach to designing kinesthetic movements RTD Conference, Delft and Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Miyoshi, K. 2019. What allows us to kinesthetically empathize with motions of non-anthropomorphic objects? The Journal of Somaesthetics, Vol 4 No 2.

Miyoshi, K. 2018. Where Kinesthetic Empathy meets Kinetic Design. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing, 28-30 June 2018, Genoa. ACM, pp.32-35.

Miyoshi, K., Konomura, R. and Hori, K. 2014. Entertainment multi-rotor robot that realises direct and multimodal interaction. In: Proceedings of the 28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference on HCI 2014-Sand, Sea and Sky-Holiday HCI, 9-12 September 2014, Southport. BCS, pp.218-221.

Miyoshi, K., Konomura, R. and Hori, K. 2014. Above Your Hand: direct and natural interaction with aerial robot. In: ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 Emerging Technologies, 10-14 August 2014, Vancouver. ACM, p.8.


Lecture for MA Design Class at Université de Strasbourg (invitation)
Université de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
February 5th, 2020

Science x Design: Workshop and Lectures (organisation, facilitation and lecture)
Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire (CRI)
Paris, France
February 4th, 2020

Lecture for 'Advanced Biodevices (2019 Part I: Science x Design)' (invitation)
Department of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
October 2019

Lecture for 'Design Thinking' (invitation)
School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
July 2019

Lecture at Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau (invitation)
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Design Research COOP
Dessau, Germany
June 2018

NERD2GO (New Experimental Research in Design Conference) (invitation)
Organised by BIRD (Board of International Research in Design), Birkhäuser
Hildesheim, Germany
June 2018

Poetic Curiosity (talk session with Yusuke Aonuma)
School of Design, Tokyo University of the Arts
Tokyo Japan
May 2018

Design, Affect, Materials and Materiality Symposium (invitation)
School of Design Research
London UK
Mar 2018

Visualization Conference (invitation)
The Visualization Society of Japan
Tokyo Japan
Nov 2014

ACM SIGGRAPH Tokyo (invitation)
Tokyo Japan
Sep 2014

Future Technology Design (invitation)
Japan Society for Software Society and Technology 31st Conference
Nagoya Japan
Aug 2014

MEDIA (selected)

"Phenox Makes A Drone More of A Companion by Dropping the Controller
Tech Crunch (US)
May 2014